Water Lily and duck weed on Yabba Creek, Queensland

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Craig Ward on January 31, 2008

Great image Ian,Cheers Craig

Ian Stehbens on January 31, 2008

Thanks Craig. Just a simple one but simply attractive.

Ian

My PS if you are interested:

But I do have a concern, that lies behind my taking this photograph: this picture is an indication of a disturbed ecosystem. The Dam upstream has changed the dynamics and the water quality in the river. As a child we swam here without any weed at all, ever.

Downstream the current Queensland Government is proposing to build what they have tagged a mega-dam. But anyone who knows the valley, the floods and the ecosystem can tell you that it is one of those belligerent stupid decisions that politicians get themselves locked into and can't be seen to back down. The range of discharges in this river are too extreme to be managed by a dam, and the site is at a point where the river is incised in the terraced valley floor. The critics are right when they say that this is going to be a warm swamp for most of its life, except when it becomes an empty prickle paddock available for leased grazing. And that is only the beginning. It's to be built slap across the key breeding areas of the Ceratodus (Queensland lung fish) which is only found in this (Mary R) and the neighbouring Burnett river system which has recently been dammed also.

Ian

Marilyn Whiteley on February 2, 2008

Most of the time on my Brisbane bus tour I was the only passenger, so I had a good chance to converse with the driver. I was interested in how clearly he saw the folly of the dam proposal.

On a lighter note, A friend of had a retreat in the remote "hermitage" at a Jesuit retreat centre near Guelph. She took her dog. Near the hermitage there was a pond thickly covered with duckweed. The dog had to learn the hard way that she couldn't walk on duckweed!

Marilyn

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