Water and Orientation – photography 101 day 3

Today’s theme invites us to consider water and what it means to us.

“We have different relationships to and stories about water: how it has saved or defeated us.”


kitchen tapI live in South Australia. It is the driest state in the country. We have been in the grip of severe bushfires twice in the last six months. Losses to property, life and livestock have left many communities devastated.

Our weather is contrary here. This last week it has been humid, sweaty, tropical. We’ve had the most stunning tropical thunderstorm, including the obligatory flooding. In the last two days several suburbs have experienced massive property damage due to burst watermains. I can’t help but wonder if poor storm water drainage has been the cause of that.



Today the skies are overcast and there is a smattering of rain.


storm clouds

We pay for every drop of water used. It creates tension of course. Gardens need to be watered. Some of our solutions are quite unique. Like this chain downpipe. When it rains it gets lifted out of the drain hole so the water flows into the garden. It looks quite spectacular with the water flowing down the links. Unfortunately it has not rained enough today for me to capture a photo so you could see it in action.


There are banks of water tanks at the back and side of the house to collect as much rain as we can. In a good year we can keep the household running on tank water for six months or more. Unfortunately not this year.

water tanks rainwater

Hope for more rain to sustain life  in all its forms is an eternal prayer.                        watering can potplant

Interestingly, my February newsletter’s theme was rehydration!

running water running water 2

©  Raili Tanska

24 thoughts on “Water and Orientation – photography 101 day 3

  1. Hi Raili, We also from time to time have water problems here in Spain, but I don’t think it’s as bad as you, I have a well on my land so don’t pay water bills and I have never been without water, so I’m very lucky but can appreciate your situation, let’s hope you get enough rain to fill your tanks have a good day


  2. We are currently experiencing El Nino here in the Philippines. Some areas are experiencing shortage of water supply that leads other people to rely on water-rationing. Summer season is already around the corner. We also hope for rain not only to sustain all forms of life but also to avoid food and power shortage…and also to avoid stronger typhoon intensities on the rainy season.

  3. I live in the United States, but I am on a water well. We lose water occasionally due to mechanical problems or loss of electricity. The worst was for eight days when we had no electricity due to an ice storm. Point is, many of us do not appreciate the luxury of water until it is unavailable.

    Nicely done!

  4. It’s ironic that we live in a desert and yet are so wasteful of water here. In fact we’ve been inundated with TOO much water today courtesy of a spell of bad weather 😦 I do hope your water issues are resolved soon!

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