The Grafton Bridge

The word prompt from Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge: Bridges

“The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Clarence River Bridge have much in common. They were both completed in 1932, both were engineering marvels of their time and both linked road and rail from north to south. Prior to devoting himself to the Harbour Bridge, J.J.C. Bradfield supervised the design drawings of the Grafton Bridge. “The nickname “the bendy bridge”, results from the upper road carriage needing to detour from above the railway line to the streets below.”
https://www.graftongallery.nsw.gov.au/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-NPT-53-47-28

A second bridge is being constructed as the old bridge cannot handle the amount of road traffic now-a-days. You can see bits of the new bridge preparations in the background.
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Fishing on the River – A Cormorants Tale

Down by the Clarence River in Grafton, a Great Cormorant spent a bit of time with a fish. Here is the Cormorants Tale of fishing in the afternoon.

One afternoon, a head popped out of the water. Yes!!! I have a fish.
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It is a rather big fish, I hope I can eat it.
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I wish it would stop wriggling about.
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oops….almost dropped it
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Phew, managed to get it back again.
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Ahhh…………this is the way to get a fish down, head first here we go.
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Perhaps a bit of a dunking will help the fish slide down my neck.
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Bloody hell Janice, it’s my fish, now go away. I’m not sharing!
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Peace at last. Now to get it in the right position.
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Watch this folks……a bit of flip and catch
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Bugger the fish is sideways again.
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Ah well, perhaps it will go down after all.
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With all of that, the Great Cormorant decided to fly further upstream to enjoy his snack. Did the fish get eaten? I suspect so.

Square Rooves #28

Sometimes a roof is all you can see when the flood waters roll into town. The control box for the rowing and other water events in my city of Grafton, stands above the flood water. The railing to the left is on the roof of the shed that houses the rowing boats. The boats are safe and sound in the park, where the photo was taken, out of harms way. Across the river in the background, the levee keeps the houses, shops and industry of South Grafton safe.

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Probably not many flood photos at Beckys. Drop in and find out.

Prolific

The Daily Post word prompt: Prolific

A flock of Cormorants skim the Clarence River one foggy morning
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The design on a glass bowl
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Lilli Pilli berries and leaves scatter the ground after a storm
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The flowers open on a Bangalow Palm this morning
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Once the bird bath gets prolific, someone has to leave
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The Force of Water

Frank from Dutch goes the Photo word prompt: Forces

Near my property, sometimes the Clarence River rages when the rains are here and the rivers flow is enhanced. The Clarence River at Lilydale can flow at a sedate 8mgs/day and sometimes a summer flow may get to 12,000mgs/day. Today after some considerable rain fall, the river is flowing at over 20,000mgs/day.  When the flood waters hit the river levels rise to over 100,000mgs/day. Once the flood flows reach Grafton, they can be at 5,000,000mgs/day

Here are some flood flows showing the forces of water in action.

The Clarence River at Lilydale on a lovely day. The river is a bit higher than normal flow.
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A minor flood flow. The bridge was constructed low so when flood flows occur, the rivers debris doesn’t impact on the bridge.
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This is a bit of a lower flow. The water is making waves as it flows over the  old wooden bridge.
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The Bottlebrush trees are able to withstand the flood flows as the have supple trunks and bend with the flow.
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Yes. That is 4 meters above the level of the bridge
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Thursdays Special: Pick-a-Word

Paula has given us some great words to challenge our thinking. This time I have failed to find a photo in my folders or even find a subject to grab a shot. Where I live there aren’t many sheep as it is too wet. I have seen sheep about but do you think I could find any over the past few days. Looks like Ovine will have to wait.

Slivered
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Converted
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Traversed
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Muted
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Find some fabulous photos at Lost in Translations Thursday Special for March

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Return to port

I don’t usually do double photo challenges but looking a photo for for Cees Black and White Photo Challenge: Water and then the idea for Colours that Start With the Letter S  came along, which just started words tumbling from my mind.

Upon a silver sea
the fishers return.
A hold full of fish
economic return.
At the dock
the buyers return.
Their partners and children
await their return.
Once unloaded and refreshed
to the sea again they return.

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The Drum

There is a new bridge being built over the Clarence River at Grafton. There is all sorts of construction stuff in the water. I saw this yellow drum but it just looked like a yellow drum in the water. I set my Canon Powershot to Toy Camera function and here is the result.

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Have a look at the other Mundane Monday photos

Thursdays Special: Pick a Word in December

This month Paula has selected some difficult words for Pick a Word in December I hope I am up to the challenge.

Sagacious
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Non-Human
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Portrayal
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Remains
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Stellar
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If you need to know why I selected these photos, write in the comments and I’ll try to explain the workings of this brain.

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