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Thursday, 2 August 2012

A walk after rain

The Marlborough rivers are high and muddy from the rain.

A trip into town yesterday showed the Taylor River almost covering the arched walk-bridge near Raupo Cafe.

 A trip into Blenheim yesterday showed the Taylor River almost covering the arched walk-bridge near Raupo Cafe.

The walkway that runs beside the Taylor River was flooded and unuseable.
The walkway that runs beside the river was flooded and unusable.

Today the wind was coming from the sou'east, bringing dampness from the sea and cold from the mountains further south.

Tee Tee had been curled up shivering by the fire earlier in the day, but was now skipping amongst the newly landed driftwood oblivious to the cold, intent on what she might find.

 Tee Tee had been curled up shivering by the fire earlier in the day, but was now skipping amongst the newly landed driftwood oblivious to the cold, intent on what she might find.

There were some dead fish amongst the driftwood.

 There were some dead fish amongst the driftwood.

Trawlers had been working the area a couple of weeks earlier - the dead fish were probably from them.

Trawlers had been working the area a couple of weeks earlier - the dead fish were probably from them.

A dead young seal was also seen soon after I noticed the trawlers, but I don't know if they were responsible.

I have a love/hate relationship with the trawlers; I like to see some boat traffic in Cloudy Bay, but I don't like to see them so close to the coast, taking the recreational fishers' catch – especially with the regulations so much in their favour.

(Update: although trawlers are frequently seen in Cloudy Bay, I believe the vessel shown above is dredging for clams.)