|8 January 2017|
The pic above was taken on the 8th January 2017 - a very sad looking dam indeed.
|There is evidence of nocturnal visitors in the exposed mud|
A week later...
|The state of the dam on 16th January 2017|
But, it's not just the land which needs some moisture. There is another very important part of the equation which is suffering.
|Bees - clamouring round a rapidly drying lump of clay on what used|
to be the bottom of our dam - seeking any moisture they can find
|Bird bath / water bowl below the lemon tree. In times of|
plenty it is a bird bath. In times of drought, it is merely
a water bowl filled with anything to help retain moisture
for the birds and the bees
|Close up of the bird's water bowl - I added bits of wood|
chip to aid the birds access to the water, and to try and
prevent excessive evapouration
Taps, which recently spewed out water, are being requisitioned for whatever remnants recently passed through the damp spout.
|Damp taps - another important source|
of moisture for the bees
|Crisp and dry and depressingly brown... :(|
|The state of the dam on the 23rd January 2017.|
The white which is visible on the bottom is no longer water,
but is an indication of the bentonite which we added to
the dam to try and help seal the dam floor
|A different angle of the dry and cracked dam floor|
|These cracks in the mud at the bottom of the dam are at least 7 - 10 cms deep|
At least the dried out cracks allow us to see the bentonite we added way back in May 2013.
The birds - they're fine. I have various water bowls scattered around, as well as the sugar water bird feeders which we ensure are always topped up.
Our 8 X 5000 lt rain water tanks? They certainly helped, but we'd need a 300 000lt reservoir to provide us with enough water to see us through a summer.
Following below average rainfall for quite a while and the distinct lake of manna from heaven this summer, the Western Cape is in a full blown drought situation with less than 40% water left in the dams which supply our towns. That equates to less than 88 days of water left for the inhabitants of the Cape Town metropole.
|Rainfall graph from November 2013 to date|
Prayers, rain dances, whatever rocks your boat - please do any of them.
We need rain - urgently...!