Porters Lagoon at its finest

The large storm event a few weeks prior had caused both main creeks flowing into Porters Lagoon to flood which rapidly swamped the lagoon. Just earlier this year it was nothing more than a muddy salt flat, baked dry from the summer and it was hard to imagine it could reach such a height after only one winter but sure enough…

The biggest surprise was seeing the fence posts diving into the lake, historical fencing for livestock when the water levels were more reliable. During the summer I could comfortably walk around  these fences on solid ground. On my arrival I saw that some posts were completely submerged, and the water had advanced well in from the its main shoreline flooding it completely, as well as some land that had remained high and dry for probably a decade.  it had returned to its former glory.

I’ve only spent a couple evenings down there since the flooding so far, but I’m keen to get back there a few more times. The birdlife is quite diverse.

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A harsh, tormented landscape it was to behold only 8 months ago.  The gift of rain.

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The northern tributary of Porters Lagoon. The debris marked the high point of the flood and the lake.

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This image demonstrates how the water levels have claimed back some of the surrounding land. These dead, waterlogged grasses looked out of place in a landscape that is still quite green despite summer only being a month away.

The setting milky way and the planet venus, over a submerged bush, which marked the previous typical shoreline.

The setting milky way and the planet venus, over submerged vegetation, which marked the previous typical shoreline. It was knee deep here. 

Looking south towards Adelaide, you can see its light pollution as the yellow/orange light. The green on the left side is airglow.

Looking south towards Adelaide, you can see its light pollution as the yellow/orange light. The green on the left side is airglow. The combination of the milky way, galaxies and a small meteor was quite something. 

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One Response to Porters Lagoon at its finest

  1. mancunian1957 says:

    Great pictures Mark – loved the setting milky way and the planet Venus. We’d like to buy a copy to put on canvas if possible?

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