water? by Peta Hurley-Hill

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This tree is in ,what used to be the floor of our local res.It used to be a dare for the local boys to see who could swim out to the trees!For my whole life and the life of my parents and grand parents these trees have been submerged.But now in my childrens life time ,thanks to global warming there is just scrub.I wonder what we have left for our future generations?I added this work quite a while ago but thought I would add something to the discription.When this pic was taken(about 2 years ago) no one realized that the rain wouldn’t have come by now.Most of the trees you see here have fallen over now and there was a scrub fire in what used to be the massive lake bed.We have been on stage 4 water restrictions for 4 years now with no sign of letting up.We(as did many of our neighbours)alway grew most of our own vegetables,the ground is now so hard and plants just burn off so it is no longer viable.Trees that are several hundreds of years old and have survived many droughts before are now dead,the landscape is grey ,not even brown anymore,it has been weeks since it last rained and when it does it isn’t enough to penetrate the ground.We keep hearing how it is ok because the state government has "managed"to keep Melbourne from state 4,at the same time being told “all Victorians” need to do more to save water and then hearing how Melbourne has used well over it’s water target for the week! They have built a pipe line that takes water from an over stretched river to where it was used to irrigate farms to …you guessed it Melbourne,they are also getting a desalination plant.It seems that our state capital is all that matters and the rest of the state is expendable.Where I live used to be called Australia’s food bowl,now it is just a dust bowl.My family moved here,many years ago,yet now my husband and I are concidering moving our family up to coastal N.S.W as it is still green there.As I watch my home disappear before my eyes ,I have no answers,I actually think it is too late for this part of the country but for all those people who still deny that global warming is a threat ,walk a mile in our shoes.It’s time the world got on board and took this seriously.It is my neighbourhood today tomorrow it will be yours.

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  • lightsmith
    lightsmithover 7 years ago

    nice. my favourite subject. interesting greatment……

  • Dee Boylan
    Dee Boylanover 7 years ago

    This is amazing Peta! Interesting how it leans to the left…looks like it’s dancing! Great colour work as well!

  • Peta Hurley-Hill
    Peta Hurley-Hillover 7 years ago

    THanks guys.I have grown up looking at the very top of these trees popping out just above the water to see them like this is very strange,but that’s global warming for you.

  • latchford
    latchfordover 7 years ago

    great shot! makes me want to be there. Is that strange?

  • alterego
    alteregoover 7 years ago

    Brilliant shot.

  • thesmiff
    thesmiffover 7 years ago

    Well taken, they say a picture speaks a thousand words, and this make a statement about global warming

  • H Maria Perry
    H Maria Perryover 7 years ago

    Very nice composition. I like the way the pale blue of the sky belies the parched nature of the subject. Very good work.

  • niggle
    niggleover 7 years ago

    Great photo Peta, abit of a scary thought for the future

  • Penny Edwardes
    Penny Edwardesover 7 years ago

    Incredible capture! Makes me thirsty looking at it! Well done!

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderover 7 years ago

    Yep, dry alright! I have a few of these myself, and it certainly is dry around the country.

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