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Kwena Dam


This dam was completed in 1984. As it filled up, some trees became water logged and are still surviving. The dam wall is at the waters end, across the picture. A big ant hill in the foreground.



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This is a really lovely shot, Louis - I like the B&W. I have mixed emotions about dams - I always feel badly for what the reservoir drowns out.... we have a LOT of them in the South West
Louis: Well, the properties are bought out. Plants get drowned and some survive, like in this picture. Main thing is that since the medical success rates are on the up, the population increases and we also get people from neighbouring countries - which means a speedy increase in population. All of this requires additional water resources - or people will go under. Mixed emotions, indeed.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 13 Feb 2017, 03:34
It seems to be begging for a hook with a worm on it, Louis.
Louis: At some places along this dam, people or surviving on just that, Ray.
Looks good in b/w, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Frank
Good grief Louis, that ant hill is amazing.
Louis: They are amazing. The ants are farming with 'shrooms below the hill and for that they keep the temp at 32 degrees C. All the more amazing.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 13 Feb 2017, 06:37
It is amazing that those tree roots haven't drowned, Louis
Louis: What you see in the picture is gumtrees and pines - they are all aliens and survive. The native trees are the ones that drown.
The more I look, Louis, the more I see. But that ant hill is astounding!
Louis: They are amazing. The ants are farming with 'shrooms below the hill and for that they keep the temp at 32 degrees C. That is the stuff that you don't even see.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 13 Feb 2017, 07:10
Oh, a big ant hill - a fascinating landscape
Louis: Thank you Philine. This is quite a big one.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 13 Feb 2017, 07:14
I thought for a moment the ant hill was some sort of modern sculpture
Louis: It is an ant sculpture, Chris smile
Amazing that the trees have survived Louis

That must have a lot of ants in it!
Louis: Only the aliens survive, Bill. Many, many ants.
200,000 people in California were evacuated overnight as the dam above their communities is about to break.

Is the anthill wet on the bottom?
Louis: Yes, that can happen. We have what we refer to as water level lines. Building is not allowed inside those lines. In informal areas, some people ignore that. There may be some farm houses downstream, but they will have been warned (and compensated) long ago to build elsewhere and enjoy the irrigation from the dam.
I really like this scene Louis. I never would have guessed that is an anthill. We have lakes etc.over here with trees growing in them, indeed where I used to live were gravel pits with a lot of them in the water.
Louis: One of my favourite birding spots, is such a gravel pit, Brian. Thank you.
Is that an ant hill in the foreground?
Louis: An ant hill it is, complete with a mushroom garden down below.
Like a huge shark's fin
Louis: Trawling the waterside for unsuspecting anglers and crocodiles smile
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 13 Feb 2017, 22:46
Wonderful use of B&W to create a stark vista.
Louis: Thank you, Beth. The clouds helped me make the decision to go b&w.
this is an amazing image Louis... that is some ant hill...
perhaps the trees will change enough to grow in the lake...
i have seen Cypress trees growing for over 500 years in the swamps of South Carolina....petersmile
Louis: The trees may survive (they have been doing so for more than 30 years) - being alien trees, I don't think anyone cares that much. We have imported way too many alien trees, as it is. Thanks for the comment, peter.
wonderfully exposed in black and white, Louis. it is a wonder about those trees.

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