Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Nous vivons dans l'état le plus sec du continent le plus sec

La sécheresse australienne a fait pour abaisser le niveau d'eau dans le Murray inférieur, par environ 1.8 mètres.
On a besoin d'une échelle pour céder au bateau, mais les pélicans sont inquiétés, seulement de leurs estomacs, et le pont vers l'Île Hindmarsh, sera bientôt non nécessaire.
We live in the driest state of the driest continent.
The Australian drought has caused the water level in the lower Murray, to fall by about 1.8 metres.
One needs a ladder to climb down to the boat, but the pelicans, however, are only worried about their stomachs and the bridge to Hindmarsh Island, will soon be not needed.


Michael Salone said...

I didn't get the brdige picture until reading your caption. That's amazing. And now relooking at the others, I see that the boats really are down low and the pelicans extra high. Any word on when there will be some relief?

Lynn ought to think about drying out in Adelaide. More rain in Cheltenham apparently!

Michael Salone said...

By the way, let me give you an idea about how freakin' excited I am to be going to Davos, Switzerland today. How can this be considered FUN???

Anonymous said...

The second shot is really well-done.

Maybe some countries will change their behaviour when they'll know that drought is coming in countries as civilized as them, and not only in the third world.

Anonymous said...

Love the pelicans, scary damn cretures but such a great shot.

dive said...

I really don't know how you cope with the dreadful overcrowding on your beaches, Monsieur B.

Nathalie H.D. said...

Thanks for this beautiful series about the lower Murray, I've read a lot about it.

I understand your new prime minister has hopes that the various States will finally work together on the protection of the Murray's water levels, irrigation et all... I WISH.

M.Benaut said...

Nous espérons ainsi, aussi Nathalie. Nous verrons bientôt de ce qu'il est fait.
Thanks for enjoying the lower Murray, and for popping in. You know how much we all miss you down under !

Dive, you old son of a gun, you ! There's hardly enough room to exhale, (etc).

Kate: Did you see the film, "Storm Boy"? This is where it was shot.

Calusarus, it's really becoming critical. The water in the river has reached the point where the water is too saline for irrigation.

Davos Dorf is not that bad. The temperature will be -7° when you arrive and on top of the Weissflujoch it's a warming -11°C.
Here it's around 33-35° and boringly nice.
Ich hoffe, daß Sie nicht Ihre Kugeln einfrieren.

Cheltenhamdailyphoto said...

I'm beginning to think you have a supply of plastic birds which you place just where you want them, M. Benaut!

Switzerland, Michael...? ... sigh.. you SHOULD be excited.