Macy

Again, just a word before the picture. I didn’t post yesterday, but will make up for it today. Reason being, yesterday morning, we lost our young pup Macy to parvovirus.
She fought a hard battle. For such a small, young dog, she fought so hard. We’re just devastated by her loss. To think that such a precious animal could be taken from us so early in her life is gutting. When just a week ago she was happy and alive and bouncing around with the other dogs.

Sax as well as our neighbours’ dogs, and every dog Macy has come into contact with in the past two weeks will be checked and given a parvo immunisation booster. They are all under very close watch. Anyone out there with dogs, please keep it in mind to check they are vaccinated. We are now in the position that no dogs should enter our yard for the next nine months, and we will have to be exceedingly careful with our contact with outside animals. Of course, all of that is overshadowed by the hurt of not having Macy with us any more. She was Sax’s best friend, he was a father, a brother, everything to her. She was his baby. That they will never run around the kitchen together again, will never curl up on the couch together, that she will never pounce on him as he’s playing fetch, that we will never see her toothy smile when we come home…

It’s so senseless. So please, everyone with dogs, make sure you don’t go through this, make sure your animal is immunised. Although in Macy’s case, she was immunised, and that still failed to protect her.

Yesterday, as you can imagine with such news, was an endless and miserable day in our household. I hope we managed to remain together in our grief. Yet for the most part, we were apart, doing anything we could for distraction. I visited the Junction, the dam wall, the wetlands. Here are some of the pictures:

Photo of the Day 20: Waiting on the Wall

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Aw, but look at that awful concrete wall on the right! A year or two ago, the wall was added to and strengthened for the purported 40 trillion year flood or whatever nonsense it was. As far as I see it, all they’ve done really is add an ugly piece of concrete which stops tourists driving to the viewpoint over the spillway, and damaged the view. Well anyway. I do like this photo, as the green of the nearer hills and the brown of the spillway contrast nicely with the blue of the distant Blowering Cliffs and the water.

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The dam is currently about 90% full. It of course tips over at 100%, but only depending on who you ask. State Water and Snowy Hydro have two different measurements. I believe State Water considers the dam to tip over at 110% or so, which means 100% is the maximum recommended volume, and a lot of the time in the past few years Blowering has been over that. Well, don’t quote me on the figures, but it’s something like that, and the disparity is quite amusing at times when the dam is a 105% and yet lapping the spillway.

For some perspective, Blowering Dam is part of the extensive Snowy Hydro works in the Snowy Mountains. Between 1949 amd 1975 the Snowy Scheme, as the building of the dams was known, helped shape an Australian workforce away from European-only labour. A huge amount of immigrants were brought in to work on the dams, build the underground channels, divert rivers, move towns, etc. Snowy Hydro provides 5% of NSW’s electricity via hydro driven turbines, and provides water for 40% of the states agricultural production. Lake Jindabyne, Lake Eucumbene, Talbingo Dam, Jounama Dam and Blowering are just a few of the many massive bodies of water in the network. Blowering itself is capable of storing 1, 628, 000 megalitres, which is over three times that of Sydney Harbour. The height of the water, when full, is 112 metres. The banks are popular for fishing, boating and camping, and when the water level is low, it is possible to see the frames of the old houses, the drowned roads, and even the path of the Tumut River as it once flowed.

Well, I think it will be a while before I see those old houses again. So for now, wetlands at sundown!

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Note the last picture, of the lagoon. Yesterday I photographed this same spot. The algae yesterday covered perhaps 30% of the surface. Today it was more like 70%. This may be distribution due to current, or perhaps the algae is just a very rapid grower.

Join us again right now, for today. 🙂

Rest in peace, Macy. We will always love you.

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About Anneque D. Machelle

Anneque "Dangerpus" Machelle (rhymes with ranger wuss) is a rebel and a rogue from way out west. Strictly banned from interactions with other human beings, she spends her days amongst molluscs, dogs and lizards, whom she counts as her closest friends.
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