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Floods are fun for some…

I took this image after the massive floods that we had during Australia’s long weekend in June 2007. The lake edge is where I once rode my bike as a youngster. On an ordinary day, the shoreline would usually be approximately 50 feet past the tree line, and where you see the birds playing is where the bike track is.

The mood in the area was sombre and residents were shocked by what they saw. One small thing that broke that mood for me, was watching these birds have the time of their lives!

I took a few photos that afternoon, and this was my pick for “Camera Critters”…. the break in the water surface is partly the reason for the selection.
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Birds taking pleasure in the aftermath of a flood in NSW, Australia.

By Manz

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“Floods are fun for some…” is this week’s “Camera Critters” post. If you want to participate, click on the “Camera Critters” image.


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  1. Great photo.

    Posted by Darla | January 24, 2009, 4:31 pm
  2. This photo is very beautiful. I find it very moody and peaceful. I realize it’s a flood, but I’m just being truthful about the emotions it evokes for me.

    Posted by Misty Dawn | January 24, 2009, 7:09 pm
  3. That is a gorgeous photo Manz. The ducks make it fun for me!

    Posted by Larry Jordan | January 24, 2009, 8:58 pm
  4. To EuroYank… I have removed your comment because it was not relevant to my post.

    The email it generated has been passed onto Max.

    Posted by Manz | January 24, 2009, 9:42 pm
  5. To all of our loyal readers…

    You may see there are a few comments that have been removed today – these all came from EuroYank who ended up having a war of words with Max! Which I think should never have been started on this thread by EuroYank.

    I was quite offended by his last comment which included this statement “Also I do not like Australians because your reputation has again proven itself. You use shitty language, and when you don’t like the reply you act like little spoiled brats and throw a temper tantrum. So FUCK OFF and eat a kangaroo you SLIMEBALL FUCKER!”

    WOW – is that our reputation?
    He totally misunderstood Max’s comment who was supporting his blog – not the other way around.

    Now I’m wondering what our other readers think of Aussies? Is EuroWANK correct?

    Posted by Manz | January 24, 2009, 11:23 pm
  6. Manx – his last message which you did not see because I deleted it was. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU GET IT OFF … and I do not mind people if they disagree with my post, I will post it, but when it comes to the pics and the graphics that have nothing to do with it and then use vulger language … that cuts it!
    (Very creative the way you worded this. But its your blog)

    Posted by EuroYank | January 24, 2009, 11:33 pm
  7. Manx – wow are you a transvestite. Are you really Max also, or do you have multiple personalities? I bet you have a WANKER under that PUSSY!

    Posted by EuroYank | January 24, 2009, 11:35 pm
  8. OK…buddy…when you start attacking MANZ (not Manx, you illiterate fool) you are going to incur my wrath.

    Firstly, don’t quote me out of context and certainly don’t put words in my mouth.

    I never said “what the fuck is wrong with you, get it off”….how about you go back and read the comment again and get it right.

    I said “what the fuck is your problem?” referring to you saying that you “had a good laugh” at my opinion….how is that constructive? You totally misinterpreted what I was saying anyway, so how can I expect you to get it right now.

    Please don’t leave anymore comments here – your opinion is irrational and downright stupid.

    And leave Manz out of it….

    Posted by Max Drake | January 24, 2009, 11:58 pm
  9. My apologies … am using a european keyboard with international english on it and the Z and X interchange!

    Posted by EuroYank | January 25, 2009, 12:12 am
  10. Now I’m upset!

    First my Camera Critters post has been ruined by an exchange that has nothing to do with animals, nor the pleasure of photography!


    And now my sexuality and sanity has been attacked!
    I am ALL woman, and if I was schizophrenic – I’m certainly a productive person!

    Posted by Manz | January 25, 2009, 12:29 am
  11. @ Darla – thank you for dropping by and for your comment. I’m loving Camera Critters – it’s such a pleasure to share some of my photos and be involved with other bloggers with an interest in photography.

    @ Misty – I find it peaceful also. It was probably a combination of the environment/birds, and my love of taking photos that brightened my afternoon that day. I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again – I’m very pleased that I found your blog!

    @ Larry – thanks!! No surprise that the ducks make it fun for you :) Your bird images are amazing – anyone reading this should take the time to click through to the blog “The Birder’s Report”.

    By the way – Darla’s cc post for this week is also birds! Must be something in the air! 😉

    Posted by Manz | January 25, 2009, 12:39 am
  12. Manz you are also very cute and loveable, and your sense of humor (American English) is quite nice and understandable for a guy from Chicago, and I am not upset at you Max lover. Chicago humor is quite different as are our way of sarcasm and humor!

    Posted by EuroYank | January 25, 2009, 12:42 am
  13. I only saw one thing of importance here. :-) That is a beautiful photo. I like how you captured the water droplets as the bird took flight. Very nice! Hope to see you next week.

    Posted by Tootie | January 25, 2009, 12:46 am
  14. Manz and get rid of Max, he is not good enough for you. He will recite or explain a book of photography before and after the sex! And he will use his explanation of photographs as an excuse for the bad sexual performance he was not able to deliver.

    Posted by EuroYank | January 25, 2009, 12:52 am
  15. Huh?….

    But you’re right….Manz IS too good for me, that’s why we are not together….never have been, never will….

    Posted by Max Drake | January 25, 2009, 2:57 am
  16. What a beautiful photo! Really love it!

    Posted by Carolina | January 25, 2009, 3:34 am
  17. That’s some water level change…I don’t recall hearing of the event…hope there were no deaths and not much destruction. Isn’t it something how we can look out on something like this and still notice the small things with a smile. Sort of a testament that life will go on I suppose.

    Thanks for the link re blogging stat problems. I couldn’t find specific post that addressed, but it looks like an informative site in general.

    Posted by June | January 25, 2009, 5:24 am
  18. The photography is just beautiful and serene if I had not known It was a flood. Knowing that puts the scene in different a context and just shows images are not always what they seem. The duck is the icing on the cake.

    Posted by Babooshka | January 25, 2009, 6:09 am
  19. faqbulous

    Posted by i beati | January 25, 2009, 10:38 am
  20. I think the photo is beautiful too.
    Reminds me of a giant flood we had when I was in high school. We missed a month of school, all forgiven, yay, because it was a disaster. The river became miles wide and covered so many roads.
    I love the photo.

    Posted by Shea | January 25, 2009, 4:04 pm
  21. Nice shot! I like it.. :)

    Posted by Cashmere | January 25, 2009, 4:16 pm
  22. I like the photo it is very nice sorry it was at a bad time.Thanks for the comment you left on my CC it is nice that hubby shares his travels with me.He knows I am an animal lover so it makes it special he takes shots of them.

    Posted by Lapa37 | January 26, 2009, 4:55 am
  23. that’s a stunning photo!

    I’m always amazed at the beauty of nature even during or after a violent event such as a storm or flood

    this is an exceptional capture!!

    hope your day is peaceful :)

    Posted by Dianne | January 26, 2009, 7:44 am
  24. Some late responses from me… I really deserve a kick up the butt!! I was always on Wadrick’s case about responding to comments, and now I’m the slacker! Sorry guys!!


    To Tootie – thanks for seeing past the crap that went down on this post. I promise to visit your cc post this week.

    To Carolina – cheers! I’m also glad I found your blog and family of furry children.

    To June – yes there were a few deaths and LOADS of destruction. What was painful for us, was the sound of trapped animals. There were also a few deaths there.

    It’s true what you said… “look out on something like this and still notice the small things with a smile.” The bird play certainly did that for me.

    To Babooshka – precisely why I felt I needed the written part of the post. The setting was “beautiful and serene” and I felt calm watching the ducks. But there is a back story and when known, it makes you think about other issues outside the frame of the photo. Thanks for the comment.

    To i beati – thanks for dropping by and having a say.

    To Shea – as I read this now, all I can think of is your latest ice storm! I hope things get back to normal soon for you. I also wonder how many incredible images were taken over the last few weeks of the storm!?

    To Cashmere – thanks buddy. Can I add another name to my fan club? 😉

    To Lapa37 – thanks for your comment. We all need to hang onto the great men that do the most wonderful things for us! I know my guy is irreplacable!

    To Dianne – nature certainly is beautiful, both when it’s being kind to us and when it’s being violent! Storm images are some of my favorites. However, I never want to read about loss due to that storm! Thanks for the comment.

    See you around the cc network!

    Posted by Manz | February 6, 2009, 9:25 pm

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