Wetland in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa

Maree Clarkson

Ballito, South Africa

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Wetland in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa

Ink sketch and W&N watercolour in Moleskine 200gsm watercolour book
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Not far from us is this beautiful wetland filled with reeds and bulrushes and home to hundreds of birds, ducks and other water fowl. When I last visited a couple of months ago, I discovered to my utter dismay that the sewage farm located nearby, was discharging effluent into the river system, leaving a trail of thick, yellow foam for dozens of meters. Now I’m just wondering – surely this is affecting the nesting bird life in the area…? Both my hubby and I have reported this to the local authorities, but to no avail.
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Buildings go up
Trees come down
Country living
Becomes a town.

Wildlife vanishes
Streets appear
The destruction of yesterday
Draws quickly near.

Lights are abundant
Stars are no more
The horizon is hidden
Behind constructions decor.

Greed runs wild
Where nature walks
Silence is golden
But money talks.

Farms erased
Corporations written
The beauty of our land
No longer smitten.

Fresh air shrinks
Pollution expands
Across this vast country
Litter stands.

Liquor stores go up
Wetlands come down
In human stupor
Nature drowns


27th February 2017 – FEATURED in “Write! Express Yourself!”
1st March 2017 – FEATURED in “A Place to Call Home”
3rd March 2017 – FEATURED in “Our Planet’s Scenery”
7th March 2017 – FEATURED in “Image Writing”

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