Lake Argyle - a man made masterpiece by georgieboy98
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This man made lake, created by damming the Ord River, was completed in 1971 and normally has a surface area of 1000 sq.kms – or 18 times the size of Sydney harbour. The original plan was to irrigate rice crops (for export to China!!) but Magpie Geese ate the rice shoots quicker than they could be planted so that idea was shelved!
25 species of fish have made the lake home plus some 25,000 fresh water crocodiles, an unknown number of salt water crocodiles and, in more recent times, cane toads.
I took this photo at the conclusion of a stunning 3 hour cruise along the Ord River from Kununurra, in the Kimberley region of North Western Australia. I was using my Sony DSC R1, hand held in aperture priority (f11) and the nd4 filter was attached to the lens. The colours are as taken and are a big feature of the Kimberley.

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  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 4 years ago

    A beautiful shot Peter , you went to some lovely places on your trip . I am so glad you enjoyed it . x

  • Thanks very much Irene. When I took this we had just come off the boat on which we had enjoyed a highly exhilarating 3 hour cruise along the Ord River – a real holiday highlight. We then climbed to the top of the dam wall and saw the lake for the first time. Wonderful!
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • Elaine Teague
    Elaine Teagueover 4 years ago

    Such a deep blue colour to the lake Peter. Such a shame it’s so dangerous to swim in those glorious waters of the North West. Lovely shot.

  • Thanks very much Elaine. You’re so right – it was a baking hot day and most of us would have liked a swim, especially as it all LOOKS so tempting! Just along the road from here is where they relocated the Durack homestead, which was taken down and removed brick by brick before they flooded the lake.
    Take care
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 4 years ago

    awesome!!!!

  • Hi Dawn and very many thanks. Pictures simply do not do it justice unfortunately, but at least they do give a bit of an idea. The entire Kimberley region is a land like no other!
    Take care
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 4 years ago

    how I envy your trip hehe, one day I will pay a visit to your awesome land, i love the divercity of it hehe dawnx

  • Just knock on the door and ask for Peter! LOL It is certainly a diverse land – and big as well! Consider that at this dam I was still in my home state of Western Australia yet was 3000 kms from home!

    – georgieboy98

  • itsallgoodamanda
    itsallgoodamandaover 4 years ago

    very cool you sure get around . love it !

  • Good afternoon Amanda. I hope you are well. I’m delighted that you like this because it is one heck of a place! God’s own country, if you like! It’s certainly a different world!
    Take care
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • Rick Playle
    Rick Playleover 4 years ago

    Really well captured Peter, a fine memory of a grand trip indeed
    cheers Rick

  • Hi Rick and many thanks. Among other things this lake is famous throughout the north for the quality of it’s Barramundi! I sampled it several times and can vouch for it! It’s beautiful.
    Regards
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 4 years ago

    Beautiful image Peter … I saw a program on the Ord River scheme once … that’s certainly a lot of water!

  • It was quite an undertaking, for sure and the dam itself is very spectacular too. They say the best way to get a true appreciation of it is from the air but sadly we just didn’t have time to do a flight.
    Thanks for the kind words Bev and I hope you can manage to get up that way some day – it’s like being in another world!
    Take care
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • Rick Playle
    Rick Playleover 4 years ago

    Now your teasing me Peter lol
    cheers Rick

  • Gotcha then didn’t I!! LOL

    – georgieboy98

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    Pity about the cane toads, but this is a great shot

  • Many thanks Mik. As I said somewhere else, this is God’s country and the Ord River cruise that brought us to this spot was an adventure in itself.
    Take care
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

  • Els Steutel
    Els Steutelover 4 years ago

    Super shot, super place! :o)

  • Good morning Els and very many thanks. That certainly was the holiday of a lifetime – the only trouble is that I want to go again now! LOL
    Take care
    Peter

    – georgieboy98

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