Praying for rain

11-07-2018 by admin

Photographer Clay Fleming has captured hope for the future with the brooding storm clouds overhead, the parched earth below and the rare sight of the Loddon River, which for the most part has lay hidden beneath the waters of the Cairn Curran Reservoir since the lake dam was completed in 1956.
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This hauntingly beautiful image was taken recently at Cairn Curran Reservoir and shows the devastating toll the drought is taking on our local waterways.

The lake is currently sitting at just 11.25 per cent – its lowest level since early 2010.

Photographer Clay Fleming has captured hope for the future with the brooding storm clouds overhead, the parched earth below and the rare sight of the Loddon River, which for the most part has lay hidden beneath the waters of the Cairn Curran Reservoir since the lake dam was completed in 1956.

As the lake waters have receded, the ruins of old farm infrastructure have been unearthed, as have a few boats and other relics lost over the years at the popular boating and fishing spot.

Resolute campers still visit the caravan parks at nearby Welshman’s Reef and Baringhup despite the lack of water, finding other ways to enjoy their recreational time at the picturesque location – such as motorbike and mountain bike riding and bushwalking.

Welshman’s Reef Water Sports Club president Anthony Griffiths said despite the lack of rain and the recent blue-green algae outbreak there was something about the site that kept drawing people back to their caravan park.

“People have been coming here for over 40 years, rain, hail or shine. It’s just a beautiful peaceful place to relax with family and friends and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.”

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