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SURVIVORS – Adventure Bay TAS Australia 2012 | by Warwick Berry
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SURVIVORS – Adventure Bay TAS Australia 2012

I live on a hill in Adventure Bay. Behind me are mountains. Two hundred metres in front of me is the beach and the Tasman Sea. To my right down the hill is Resolution Creek, so named after Captain James Cook's second ship the Resolution. Captain Cook and I share something in common. Captain Cook replenished his water from Resolution Creek and my water is pumped up the hill to a water tank for my water supply. The Creek is fed by an underground stream and is supplemented by the runoff from the mountains behind me.

 

On this day it rained - and it rained - and it rained. It rained so hard that the tiny creek soon became a river in flood and washed away the once-was creek floor. The rain left as quickly as it came and left these two fragile survivors.

 

From top to bottom, they are around three feet high. It took just a few hours for all that sand to all but disappear. It has happened many times before and it will happen many times more. Natures way of keeping the mouth of the creek clear, ensuring the water is pristine clear and the life that relies on the water has every opportunity to prosper.

 

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Taken in March 2016