January 12, 2011

After the deluge, Beachmere gets its low tide back

River at Mosquito Is with tidal floodplain in foreground...not inundated

After all the water came through the catchment yesterday, the river has eased in sync with a change in the weather. Blue sky, a gentle breeze and singing birds are a sharp contrast to the conditions of the last few days.

For those keen to go the distance, this morning's low tide was as normal as could be in the circumstances -- taking the drop down to just under a metre without its volume being supplemented by river fed surges.

Back to normal?

Perhaps...

But strangely the swamp lakes were almost empty as though they had been cleaned out and not topped up through all the rain. 

Maybe we imagined all that brim fullness?

Fish fry there were a plenty among the dead mangrove roots and a lot of insect activity on the water surface augurs badly for the mosquito and sandfly hordes to come.

Overhead a sea eagle was stalking the land as breakfast self serve must have been slim out to sea.

Along the foreshore many trees had been uprooted by the prevailing easterlies and the outlying mangroves, where they remained stalwart and marooned, have had their root systems stripped of sentiment so that they look more like creepers in a rain forest than something sea born.

Elsewhere the shoals have been rearranged by the  flood tide and driving winds while a few sandbanks have been turned toward the sea rather than away from it.

Aside from small branches along the tide line washed up by wind, tide and flood  or the brown muddy water -- like a thick band extending from the water's edge -- you'd hardly know that over the past so many days, many bits of the Wamuran  hinterland are now floating in Deception Bay 


Southern swampland: clear water but less of it

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