One word photo challenge: Wet

Where I live I am surrounded by black silty clay. Black clay takes ages to fill up with water, and once it does, it takes ages to drain. Currently the clay around me is a dry. It will take a large amount of rain, say 100 – 150 mm, to top up the clay. This needs to happen before the ephemeral stream will flow. My dam will not fill until this happens. Once my dam does fill, however, it will take a good year for the clay to dry out, meaning that relative small rain events, like 25 mm could recharge the dam. Taken a few years ago. During our last La Niña  event. Added for Jennifer’s Wet

It took a large amount of rain to fill the dam this deep

It took a large amount of rain to fill the dam this deep

1 month later , a small rain took the dam levels here

1 month later , a small rain took the dam levels here

3 months later, at the end of Summer, 25 mm of rain did this

3 months later, at the end of Summer, 25 mm of rain did this

I was bit worried the dam may burst. But that thick old black clay held.

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3 thoughts on “One word photo challenge: Wet

  1. Those are very dramatic photos! I didn’t know this about clay, but now that you mention it, it makes a lot of sense. I grew up in a claybelt that never suffered from lack of precipitation so I’ve not experienced those big swings in water levels.

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  2. Pingback: One Word Photo Challenge: Windy | Jennifer Nichole Wells

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