Weekend Wanderings – Lake Albacutya 2
When I was in the Mallee last time I took lots of photos of the areas that had been burned out in the bushfire earlier this year in January. It still has a long way to go, but it was really nice to be able to see things sprouting. It is always amazing to see how nature recovers from fire, I know I have said this before, but nature does do a better job of it than us, I think sometimes.
The boat ramp at Lake Albacutya. I know this doesn’t have anything to do with the fires, but I couldn’t get over the idea that we had driven through the lake and then when we arrived on the other side, we drove up the boat ramp.
This is the track that we had driven on. Lake Albacutya hasn’t had water in it since 1982, and apparently it fills every 25 years, so it is long overdue. It is quite a deep lake too when full, around 25 feet, but you wouldn’t know that as you drive through it. There are even fences in it. I have other photos taken from the banks around the lake which I will put into the gallery.
As you can see the remains of the trees from the fires are still there, fallen down trees and bare trees that you know won’t get new growth now that it is spring.
But, if you look hard enough you see other signs of spring. Wildflowers popping up everywhere giving this barren environment some bursts of colour.
As we drove around we could also see what Parks Victoria had been up to. They are doing more planting to stop the sand dunes from moving. The locals are still unsure of this, sand dunes move naturally, and they don’t understand why they are trying to stop them. I don’t have the answers. I am a bit concerned about the plastic they have around the new plants, that are blowing off and away, I really hope it is degradeable and they aren’t littering the parks. I saw many that had blown away.
I am not going to go on much now, I think in this case the images do speak for themselves. I have done a video slideshow of some images that I took straight after the fires, I am hoping to use it for a presentation at the end of the year, but if you would like to check out, here is the link, Lake Albacutya – A Week After the Fires.
Now a gallery, the close up of the flower, the white and yellow one is a poached egg daisy, and I think the orange one is a poppy of some sort, and I don’t know the others, sorry.