This river is wild

The Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It
Jez’s Water Water Everywhere #20

The Clarence River, a few kilometers from my place is one of the largest rivers in Australia. When the river floods the amount of water that flows through the countryside is incredible at times five million million liters flows downstream. (one million liters is equal to an Olympic swimming pool).

On Saturday we went for a drive further upstream to a place we haven’t been before for a picnic. Didn’t encounter many people as the gravel road is quite rough but a very picturesque drive through some lovely country, through farms, across many cattle grids and a bit of forest.

Coming down the hill there is the river and the bridge

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Signs of the recent flood are evident, a bit of debris on a fence and high in the trees. 20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_flood debris_fence
Looking upstream at what appears to be calm water and not much of a sign of the flood20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_upstream
Looking downstream the river runs over some rocks and picks up speed. The trees on the front left hand side of the photo would have been under water.20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_downstream
Away from the main channel some side pools still have some water. This pool also had some algae.20200322_blog challenge_river_clarence river_carnham_algea_green

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