From blooms to survival: Delicate: Lens-Artists Challenge

Thanks to Ann-Christine for hosting this weeks Lens-Artists Challenge

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© irene waters 2019

A small flower – delicate, fragile

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but sometimes looks can be deceiving – the will to survive in any crack or cranny may show a strength that belies the delicacy we see.

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Rain drops on leaves – delicate

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Fish has a delicate flavour – unlike the bean mix which is strong in flavour.

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Some matters are so delicate we don’t talk about them often even when we should.

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Caring hands nurse the sick animals whose health is delicate just as nurses care for the delicate in hospitals for ill humans.

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As our ecosystem becomes ever more delicate the value of protecting our mangroves becomes even more crucial. Mangroves are essential as a home and breeding ground to a large variety of fish, crustaceans, birds and amphibians.  These mangroves are crucial for our biodiversity. They are also crucial to our own life as the mangroves ensure the purity of our water systems as it sifts and traps sediment, heavy metals and other nasties and protects the delicate coral reefs and seagrass beds. The mangroves are even more in demand as sea levels rise as they help prevent coastal erosion and protect from high tides and storm surges as rough weather becomes more prevalent. Perhaps, however, most importantly they are even better than mature rainforests at capturing and storing carbon. They become crucial in our battle with climate change which has been fuelled by our use of fossil fuels and other carbon emissions created by mankind.

Despite this mangroves are delicate and although they only constitute around 0.4% of the world’s forests they are disappearing at a rate 3 – 5 times greater than the other forests of the world. These delicate mangrove forests need to be nurtured and protected as their loss will greatly impact on our wildlife and indeed, our very own survival.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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9 Responses to From blooms to survival: Delicate: Lens-Artists Challenge

  1. What an incredible photo essay, Irene. I didn’t know anything about mangroves – I’ve never seen them in person. Now I know how crucial they are to our planet. You made me think about honey bees and how critical they are as well. We’re all in this together, as you’ve reminded us. Very well done.

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  2. Leya says:

    A very thought provoking and interesting gallery, Irene! Thank you for highlighting the importance of the mangroves. And you really made me chuckle on delicate matters we never talk about… A diverse post including important facts – and fun

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  3. Tina Schell says:

    I love the mangrove forests Irene, they remind me of our cypress trees with their underwater roots. Wonderful post full of great examples.

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  4. An interesting collection of photographs, Irene, and some interesting thoughts too.

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