It’s raining

Here we go with a multiple photo challenge post again
The main object of the photos I took today were for Sunshine’s Macro Monday #30
and then I thought this is a good one for Jez’s Water Water Everywhere #16 inspired by his photo of red water droplets
Looking at my notifications I saw that Bren’s Photo for the Week – 57 – Flowers also fitted in for this series of images taken during another wonderful rain shower this morning.
Water drops were everywhere. Some vertical ready to slide20200224_blog challenge_macro_ponytail palm_green_water drops
Some just hanging20200224_blog challenge_macro_ponytail palm_water drops
Some were large with an upside-down view of the world20200224_blog challenge_macro_red leaf_rose_water drops
The water pooled on the Rose bush leaves20200224_blog challenge_macro_red leaf_water drops
and adorned the rose with jewels20200224_blog challenge_macro_rose_leaf_water drops
Not every one was happy that there was water, water everywhere20200224_blog challenge_water water_cow_rain

The rains have come

Jez’s Water Water Everywhere #14

Yes it has been raining and raining and raining. From drought to fire to flood, welcome to Australia.

All of my water tanks are full to overflowing. This is my household water supply.
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The recent rain over the weekend and yesterday and today have ensured my dams are overflowing as well. Yes I have water, water everywhere. The gullies are rushing, the sounds of water during the day and the sounds of frogs of a night.

This dam is a small dam which has a limited catchment and doesn’t fill readily. This is more of a wetland for frogs and animals to utilise. Not much of a wetland as the little vegetation that was there as the dam dried in the drought has been burnt. The vegetation will come back. A couple of water plants have emerged already.
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This is the big dam that doesn’t actually hold water. The dam wall gives me access to the rest of my property. The insect and frog life here is amazing. 20200211_blog challenge_water water_big dam_full_home
Here is the House Dam which you have seen many times over the past couple of years full and overflowing. The small patch of lillies was the size of the dam a few months ago20200211_blog challenge_water water_house dam_full_home

Changes in a day

This is not the usual post over the past year or so from me bemoaning how dry it is, fires have totally burnt my place, isn’t it hot for this time of year or my garden is dying.

No it’s not!!!

Prompted by a Ragtag Daily Prompt Friday: Wonderland

This is about this wonderland called Australia, my home and place I love. Let me preface the next few words and photos with the second stanza of a famous Australian poem – My Country by Dorethea Mackellar

“I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of drought and flooding rains,
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me.”

These words are so apt for me at the moment as it is raining. Not just raining but actual downpours of wonderful wonderful rain. Over the past two days I have measured one hundred mls of rain falling on my blacked landscape. The dry parched earth is a tumult of rushing water filling dams and water tanks. I am sure you would like to see a bit. I ventured out to get a few images for you, juggling an umbrella and my camera in the pouring rain
Look puddlespuddle_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
The grass has started to sprout already. My place is going from brown to greengrass_green_grow_ground_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
I can never tire of watching water flow into my water tanks or hearing the rain on the roof and gurgling down the water pipes and into the water tankwater_tank_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
One amazing phenomena of the eucalyptus trees foaming.tree_foam_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020


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“Essentially what’s happening is as rain falls on trees it’s dissolving chemicals off the leaves and bark and the compounds the trees produce act as a natural soap,” he said.

“Because of it acting like a detergent, water will then basically foam up as it’s running down the tree trunk.”

Mr Warren said the chemicals were produced mostly by eucalyptus trees to defend themselves against microbes and herbivores.

“You see the foaming much more after a dry spell because it gives the chemicals time to accumulate on the leaves,” he said.

“It’s quite a common phenomenon but it’s really spectacular.””

The foam is accumulating at the base of the Spotted Gums as they have a smooth barktree_foam_ground_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
At this time of year the Spotted Gums drop their bark revealing many colours and texturestree_spotted gum_bark_colours_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Yes that’s water in the background rushing down the gully to the big dam. Usually I cannot see this water only hear it as the vegetation covers the landscapewater_gully_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Remember that burning log I kept going on about? This is water flowing past going into the dam I use for around the house.tree_log_water_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020
Here is the dam filling. That small patch of lillies was the size of the water in the dam three days agodam_filling_water_named_home_jackadgery_jan 2020

As you may have guessed I am one very happy person. I may get cut off from going to town due to localised flooding but I have enough to sustain me for quite a while.

This has taken a while to write as my satellite connection kept dropping out due to the heavy rain

Also LPM Photo Adventures: Rural Life