Renewal

A quickie today in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal – the internet’s been dodgy all day, and there’s another storm on its way, so we’re sure to have a blackout and lose it completely.

Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by silt – don’t ask me why, it was certainly not something we ever saw in my part of the world.  When R and I were in Egypt, I remember speculative conversations about how the Aswan High Dam had affected the makeup of the soil along the Nile, particularly when we were in Luxor, amid eye-high fields of sugar cane.  It wasn’t until recently that I got to see and feel freshly exposed silt, and to see it being exploited by farmers.

On a much diminished, but still growling Mekong at the height of the dry season farmers follow the water down the river banks, sewing quick-growing crops into the still moist silt.   These shots featuring the agricultural aspects of the river’s annual renewal of the soils along its banks fill me with a farmer’s delight.

– these are recently sewn peanut seedlings, already vigorous with life.

Staying in Lao, I mentioned the other day that Ban Lahanam Thong,  the ‘wealthy’ weaving village, was receiving supplies of re-roofing materials while I was there – a shot of these renewable resources stacked in readiness for a re-roofing party.

And finally – a photograph of nature fighting back in a not completely satisfactory manner.  This Douglas Pine plantation at the foot of the Glasshouse Mountains along the road from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane tells the sorry story of land clearance for the purposes of growing an unfriendly ‘crop’.  We can see how the trees have been harvested as though they were so many stalks of wheat or barley.  I found it interesting though, that the pine trees had self-seeded and had begun to re-colonise the harvested land, and wondered just what the plantation-owners would do about that.

The Glasshouse Mountains are close to my new home in Australia.

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  2. So interesting to see the peanut seedlings. Enjoyed looking at the last photograph – the pine seedlings reminded me of my trip to a pine plantation when I was a teen. It is amazing how nature can renew itself after trees have been cut down.

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    • That’s what I thought at first, then i realised the self-sown trees were nowhere near dense enough for their d….d pulpwood forest requirements, and I thought they’d probably just come along and drive over them as they planted the next ‘crop’ of trees. 😦

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  7. “Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by silt…”
    I have to admit this is the first time I have ever read such an intriguing sentence.
    I really enjoyed your interesting photos and information.

  8. This is all really interesting, but the photo of the little peanut seedlings stirred the maternal instinct in me, I guess. I wanted to pet them, and water them, and watch them grow!

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    • I love all those ‘mundane’ things like roofing materials and seedlings too, which makes me optimistic I’ll settle down ok when I do get back to Oz in February. I’ve decided to go to the Sunshine Coast, about 100km north of Brisbane. The weather’s benign, it’s beautiful (and varied – mountains, forests, ocean, estuaries, bushland … ), and close enough to Brisbane to go down for something special, and to my friends in Sydney for a treat weekend if I book in advance.

  10. I don’t know what the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains did to the deserve crops of pine trees but I suppose as long as we keep buying pine furniture etc . . . love the pictures, the thatch and peanuts look so pretty in their places and best wishes to you for your homecoming renewal!

    • you’re right Patti, it will be a renewal of sorts – though I’ve been thinking of it as a re-invention because this GEC and some unfortunate financial dealings will mean this wanderer’s wings are going to be clipped quite hard 🙂

  11. I don’t think I’ve ever seen peanut plants before, and until now hadn’t really thought about what they might look like. When I was a child, one of the big commercial brands advertised their salted peanuts as ‘jungle fresh’, and I remember reading an article pointing out the stupidity of this tagline, as jungle conditions were almost perfectly the wrong ones to grow peanuts. And soemwhat typically it’s that isolated random fact which stuck in my head!
    I’m really drawn to the nearly pattern of the plants against the silt in your photo.

    • Apart from the story of the little seedlings being gently planted into the damp silt as the river recedes down the bank it is the – as you say almost pattern that draws me into this shot. I picture someone hunkered down planting in circles around themselves, then moving on. Strangely, it’s one of my favourite photographs.

      Love your story about the jungle nuts ad.

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  13. Interesting photos and information on the background behind the culture. Are you in Australia now? I’m 100km south of Brissie (Goldcoast) and I have terrible drop outs of the internet when there are storms around. So much for the promise of “fast broadband” to the masses. As for the mention in one of the comments about the mountain giving the finger. It could be true as the Aboriginal legend is about family disharmony. (google Glasshouse Aboriginal legand)

  14. Great images. The Glasshouse Mountains are one of the few things indelibly imprinted on me from an indescribably long car trip from country NSW to Rockhampton when I was 6, for a family wedding – they lookedlike something from another world, which I guess from my perspective then, they relatively were 🙂

    • That’s one long ride – especial in the ‘old days’ with no air conditioning, or radio …

      Those ‘mountains’ are still other-worldly I think, Ella – sticking up so baldly from the surrounding countryside, remnants of long forgotten mountains. Even in Aboriginal stories they were never a mountain range!

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