Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Watery Wednesday ~ 17 Head of the Torrens

The River Torrens, once its water was a major factor
in establishing the state's capital Adelaide. Here,
between Mt.Lofty and the sea was sufficient water
to support a sizeable city.

Clearing of the greater part of the catchment for
agriculture was a double edged sword, polluting the
water quality as well as removing the natural filters.

Now the once sizeable river serves as a ditch to pump
the none too palatable water fron the Murray River
with all the run off accumulated in of a number of towns,
agriculture and horticulture using a range of unpalatable
chemicals both in fertilizers and pesticides.

These shots are taken after a good rain in the headwaters
where there now is at least some flow. Next week I will
show you what if looks like half a mile downstream. I
guarantee you will be surprised.

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Thank you 2sweetnsaxy for hosting this wet meme.


  1. Fascinating watery photo series with beautiful reflections and interesting perspectives ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  2. These are very beautiful shots. Love the first one, the reflection looks like a fallen trip.
    Ebie's Watery Outdoors.

  3. Nowadays, in the cities, it is getting very difficult to see a clean river with clear water flowing by.

  4. Wonderful photos. I love the reflection of the first one!

    My ABC & Watery Wednesday

  5. excellent photos, all of them are beautiful, nice capture..

  6. How I worry at times for our wonderful resource WATER!
    In Canada we are blessed to still have large bodies of ~clean~ water.
    Sad to hear that this river you show us is polluted.I look forward to seeing more of this river.

  7. It is so sad to watch a river die. Love that first reflection image.

    The Colorado River is also drawn from so much no water reaches the mouth at the Sea of Cortez.

  8. It's a shame that clearing for agriculture polluted the water of the River Torrens and took away its natural filters. Has any remedy for the pollution and filtering been developed? It looks like it's a beautiful blue color.

  9. I love them!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  10. Wow, the reflection in that first image is awesome! Well captured!
    So sad about the pollution. It's a worldwide problem I'm afraid.
    Looks can be deceiving. I'm pretty sure your 'blue' is the sky reflected; but wouldn't it be beautiful if all the water we saw was clean, clear, and crystal blue.
    Carletta’s Captures.

  11. Wonderful photos,my town now getting dry no rain for the last few days & its hazy too:)
    Thanks for the visit of my world.

  12. Lovely photos and commentaries of the plight of clean water. My husband is a water engineer and I go with him on his unofficial trips to water source.

  13. Very interesting post - I'm looking forward to see downstream next week. Your photos make everything look rather good still!

  14. Nice photos Arija, I like seeing the reflections too:)

  15. What lovely photos and how you draw attention to the pollution of rivers.

    Mt. Lofty - what a lovely name!

  16. The next time you travel to a spot like this or any spot where there are trees, take me with you, even if only in spirit. Take me with you so my heart will feel and my spirit will see nature's beauty and so it will refresh my tired body and heal my aching hands so I can once more draw with ease. or just take me with you. I will be your photography caddy and make your load light. I love you Arija, I really do.

  17. These images are lovely, but with an interesting post on pollution. I shall be interested in your other photos.

  18. I enjoyed all the reflections in the scenic streams, Arija. You have a wonderful eye for the beauty that surrounds you.

  19. I love the colours in these shots Arija - look forward to seeing further upstream.

  20. That looks nice in the 1st pic,sad at the way things now stand.Thanks for all that info.

  21. This is so sad. It is vitally important that we care for our waters!

  22. Aaaw! You are sooo sweet! You truly make me happy! Do you know that? I find you very special. You are truly a gift and a blessing. My angles really love me for sending you my way! Thank you!!!!!

  23. HAHAHAHAHHA! Yes now I see the angles but I don't think they are as powerful as my angels! HAHAHAH!

  24. Ah my dear Arija that first shot is simply beautiful. Like a map of the world.
    And as I zoomed in on it just now, the wind blew outside my window as if providing background music to the nature you captured.
    It is a bit cold this morning. It makes me smile for sweaters.

  25. Arija I was just thinking of all the exercise you must get while taking such incredible photos.

    I loved the term list absorbed. I have never heard it before.

    Love Renee xoxo

  26. Excellent shots but very distressing about the pollution.

    Thank you for visiting my blog.

  27. These are all so artistic! Beautiful!

  28. Boy that first shot has an incredibly clear reflection! Thanks for stopping by at my WW...

  29. Enjoyed your sky photos Arija...

    Also your visit up river in your My World post...loved that pink galah, what a great photo!

  30. Beautiful photos throughout your blog. Trees and clouds reflected in water, guinea fowl, farmlands exquisite flowers and I love Memory of Spring in your sidebar.

  31. The havoc we are wreaking on our waterways around the world is a truly alarming thing. I really do wonder where it will end.


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