After months of drought, several months, in fact, since last September, raging bushfires have cost the lives of 33 people and over 3000 homes lost, but finally, it has rained.
Now in some places, we have the problem of flooding, but I think for the most part people are coping with flood far better than they did with the bushfires.
What was once a barren brown land has come alive, everywhere is green again, lawn mowers are being fuelled up, and our landscape has changed.
This coming weekend there is talk of a cyclone bringing more rain to the east coast, big seas and strong winds. Beaches are being eroded and holiday destinations are suffering because on the one hand fire was threatening so many and now its rain and flood.
In 1908 the poet Dorothea Mackellar wrote her most famous poem, “My Country” in which she wrote:
‘I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains
Of ragged mountain ranges
Of droughts and flooding rains…’
You could say nothing much has changed apart from the summers lasting longer and starting earlier.
Written for: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2020/02/10/what-do-you-see-16-february-10-2020/
The fickle weather continues to overpower the humans by its sheer power. Our punny strength no match got it.
So true Sadje
Thanks for being a part of the challenge.
And so it goes, on and on for millennia, and each generation or so claims they’re to blame. Nay, tis Mother Earth in her passionate encounters with Father Sun.
Yes the conflict continues
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Glad the rains have come to Australia. The part about summers that start earlier and last longer is so troubling.
Its a real worry that is for sure.
It’s raining here today in Cape Town and the parched ground is lapping it up. We watched your devastating bush fires with horror and empathy. Respite comes, but it won’t bring what’s been last back. We write in response.
Thanks Chris, the rain here has been so welcomed and there is more on the way. Now there are communities starting the rebuild of their devastated towns.