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.
& fresh silt feels kinda like cool silk through your fingers. Ever noticed that?
Yes! It was extraordinary – as you say, like cool silk – i kept on thinking of clay face masks and other such beneficent things 🙂
😀 Not something I would’ve thought of – though I could probably do with one!!
How’s it going? Did you have a good day?
sort of…struggling with time & bibliography & lesson planning – & you?
Procrastinating 😦 Do what i say, not what i do – apportion tasks for specific timeslots and keep to your timetable! Ok – tomorrow i’ll draw up the timetable … Friends are telling me I should aim to have everything organised for sale by the beginning of December, so time’s running out ….
Oh God! I don’t blame you for procrastinating. This must all be heart-hurting 😦 & I am kinda forced to keep to timetables ’cause of teachng. If only it wasn’t so exhausting.
Shall be thinking of you. Take care, try not to procrastinate too much or else you’ll either end up not selling enough or selling the wrong things…
Pity they didn’t re-plant with broadleaved trees! Interesting photographs.
Even Eucalypts would be an improvement over the Douglas Fir … foreign things that’re no use to anything that lives there!
Always a delight to read your informative and invigorating posts.
And always wonderful to receive such fulsome praise! Glad you liked the pix 🙂
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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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Such an interesting take on the theme, Jo. Good for those brave pine trees! 🙂
I suspect they were bulldozed out when it came time for replanting 😦
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Yaay for the little self-seeded pine trees renewing themselves 🙂
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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“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.
You have to remember I was a bit of a strange kid , and I was a farmer’s daughter … 🙂
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!
I don’t know that I got the urge to pet them, Naomi but I could have stood up there, high on the river bank, watching them grow before my eyes, they seemed so brimful of life and vigour. 🙂
I grew up on a farm and thus particularly enjoyed this entry marked by a healthy curiosity.
I too grew up on a farm – with nary a grain of silt about! i must have read or heard stories about Egypt and the flood waters of the Nile bringing down their bounty of silt that made Egypt rich …
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A wonderful post on the different cultural aspects of renewal. I love that you will have mountains by your new home….a renewal for you.
It is very beautiful, and I’m going to have fun exploring it, and taking pictures of it, i know that. 🙂
Glorious photos as always. I loved those roofing materials. And where are you now living in Australia? I have family and friends there…
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.
Another vote for the tenacious pine seedlings 🙂
Hope the storm fizzles out.
Just one of those “wham bam thank you ma’am” type of storms! But we did get hit. Unfortunately half the house is still out – Kumari and I had to camp overnight because everyone was wanting electricians, it seems 🙂
Sorry to hear that. Was away in Bangalore for Diwali, and never checked back. Hope things are back to normal by now.
Things are fine here – though land slips in the mountains again this morning.
Renewal of nature is beautifully presented and expressed. Thank you so much!
Nothing compared to your beautiful photo essay 🙂
Great take on the theme! Silt to me also means “easy” archaeological excavating, with no rocks or heavy clay to make things difficult. 😉
Of course! i hadn’t thought of that. Isn’t blogging wonderful 🙂
They’re lovely aren’t they, the mountains I mean. I never noticed though that the pointy peak looks like someone giving the finger. So Aussie!
Yes, the mountains are fabulous, scattered like relics of a giant celestial game. Your finger observation made me laugh – it does a bit 🙂
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 🙂
Ironically, Douglas firs are named after the fellow who first introduced the tree to Scotland, if memory serves!
Interesting, indeed! Where did he import them from?
My guess would have been the Pacific coast (Canada/US) but Wikipedia says there are Asian varieties, too. Hmm …
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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The river bringeth and taketh in Flood…With the nile we definitely have years of history along that river of people relying on silt!!
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)
Another great post. I love The Glasshouse Mountains and the way when you come at it from a certain direction there seems to be a gorilla resting on the earth.
Ah, yes, I remember that one! One day I’d like to see them from the ocean, just as Captain Cook had – and to see why he named them so.
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!
I found the peanut seedlings quote fascinating… I don’t think I’ve seen it before. 😉
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