Saturday, 27 December 2014

... breathes life back ...



by Simone McPherson
With the number of ‘Dry Storms’ on the increase the Bureau of Meteorology here in Queensland has been hinting of the fact that ‘El Nino’ is about to come into full swing.  I for one would not dispute this fact with what we have been experiencing here, it has been extraordinary, with conditions that are so extreme as they sweep across the parched land. 

… for weeks now we have been having this terrible hot dry wind. It’s the kind of wind that takes me back to the times I had spent sitting at the Hairdressers having my hair done and then the hairdresser would pull out the hair dryer.  I would sit there in dread believing that she was burning a hole in the side of my head as my hair caught fire with the heat setting that the hairdryer was on … back on track again; in the distance you would begin to hear the thunder as it rolled across the heavens making its weighty announcement that a storm was on its way …

… then, the skies would begin to turn, though melancholy in their appearance the clouds would then take on an incredibly excessive dark colour with a combination of Ultramarine and Alizarin crimson producing an incredible purple … 

… the atmosphere would begin to change as lightning strikes ignite the blackness.  Equally the gales would intensify sending dry leaves soaring from the gums trees as they bend and twist in all directions.  The gum trees would be counterbalancing the great gusts as they sweep through the Bush, with scraps of dry grasses, dirt, dust and anything else that was not fixed to the ground sent off in a flurry in all directions …

However during one of these unforgiving storms the most amazing thing began to take place … it began to rain …

Not in the romantic sense of the word mind you, of soft rain gently falling, it was wild, blustery, and turbulent as the raindrops pelted down from the angry stormy skies in all directions it was frighting …


… then as the winds intensified along with the tremendous clashing of the thunder the rain bucketed down propelled by the strong blustery winds … 

 … we watched as the rain then became sheets of water throughout the landscape

 … and then those sheets of water became rivers of water …  

We could hardly wait for the next day so that we could go and explore all the magnificence of what the storm had done by washing the landscape clean ...

… so we walked ...

... and we walked, we could feel the sigh of relief from the land and all its plants as they all soaked up all that wonderful water and ...

 ... Lily pup? well she was so over the moon to know that she could once again go swimming! ...

The holes that we dug in the creek beds out of desperation were filled …

… the creeks were now running with life once more …

… along with waterfalls here and there …

… we came across fence lines that had been washed out ...

 ... “who cares? We don’t, look how wonderful, how powerfull that rain was” that is what we thought …

 … the dams that had all but emptied over the past two years ...

 ... filled over night .... 

 ... as well as all the other dams on our property, ... what a Christmas present! ...

 ... they just kept filling and filling ... to overflowing …

… all that lovely rain had now completely saturated the landscape …

 … the following few days were spent checking on Stock and all the fence lines ... we were sure that we could see the grasses growing right in front of our eyes …

… it is an amazing sight to see the country as it pulls through from all those hot and dry days …

How grateful and humbling we are as we watch Nature as she gently touches and breathes life back into this beautiful yet harsh landscape that unfolds before us …