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Someone forgot to turn the windmill off!

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Ian Stehbens on January 8, 2008

When this area was dry ground on a sheep property, the windmill pumped water into the tank to store water which was reticulated into a trough for the sheep. But then came a quantum change in farming in the St George district. Ring Tanks were introduced whereby the farmer is able to store water for irrigation. The water is either the result of "flood harvesting" or the collection of overland runoff from local rain, caught in a moat or trench and pumped intop the ring tank. Flood harvesting is the pumping of water from the river when it is in flood discharge. Flood harvesting is regulated by a government authoity. Or maybe there is a more creative story to explain this unique picture. Maybe someone just forgot to turn off the windmill..

Ian Stehbens on December 15, 2009

Just think back to the small thumbnails we used to have, Mira, and you will realise why most of our network friends bypassed such an image. Nevertheless, it was accepted for GE so there is a trickle of hits that come from there.

If we were to name this dam, French Dressing Lake or Knitting Needle Dam, no one would have any clue what it meant, but then, in this post-modern era does anything have to mean anything anymore?

But we know, and it does have meaning for us to be threading the world together.

As we have a daughter who lives in this inland area we'll be there for Christmas again this year. There is no water in the dam at present, so I guess the windmill is watering the sheep again! We'll see.


Hazel Coetzee on December 17, 2009

Fascinating photo's Ian and Mira - this is your negative version to Mira's positive, Ian!! I just find that so interesting - if one placed the photo's side by side.

Well, don't let me keep you both from your knitting and weaving picturesque spells for the rest of us!!

Hope you are all having a great run up to the Festive Season. Bless you.

Warmest wishes from Hazel

Ian Stehbens on December 19, 2009

Dear Mira and Hazel,

Thank you both very much for your interactive friendship and conversations. Of course it is wonderful to view your images and see where you have been, and to appreciate what you have been doing.

To explore the area, Mira, you may visit me and I will take you there. We can fly in a Cessna, drive, cycle, ski on the river, or canoe. I know which you will chose, Mira. Otherwise you may view the collection of images in my gallery under the Balonne tag. They include ground and aerial images. Viewing the corresponding GE images will allow you to have a real sense of anticipation for that visit Down Under, Mira. I am expecting Hazel and Sarel to make it here before you, but who ever comes first will be able to tell the other many unique stories of their time in the Australian Outback.

I will be out there again, next week, enjoying Christmas hosted by our elder daughter.

May you enjoy a safe and special Christmas, and may 2010 be fulfilling.


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    by Ian Stehbens