via Daily Prompt: Shock


Lake Brown, near Nungarin. It has been there for a milennia, and it has always been a salt lake. For a time the salt has been a food and agriculture source. But when the lake is first encountered it is a shock to the eyes. The vegetation on the shoreline is degraded, salt affected, while the water burns the skin. Our wheat-belt has several of these salt lakes. But the shock of them often leads people to speculate that it is a result of modern farming – the clearing of land and overgrazing. But the reality is that these lakes precede white settlement. In our shock there has been a rush to apportion blame – that’s what we do, find a reason, find someone, to blame. But this salt lake is a natural occurrence, and no one is to blame. While salt lakes are considered in a negative light, they have and continue to be, a positive resource. Ignorance is not bliss, and we must make an effort not to judge in haste.




Filed under bush walking, Country, history, nature

10 responses to “A-Salted

  1. Love the line… Ignorance is not bliss, and we must make an effort not to judge in haste.

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  2. you are so right about the blame game …

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  3. maybe I’ll send you the three salt springs story when it’s finished …

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  4. MNL

    why does the water burn the skin? just curious

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