During the last few days of 2012, when the Mngeni was full and the sun shone for three consecutive days (what a lovely treat!), Dargle residents photographed the river and tributaries. These gorgeous images came rolling in:
The weir at Corrie Lynn sent in by Howard Long first thing in the morning.
Tuber’s Paradise at Knowhere Farm in Dargle, “We have never seen the river so swollen” by Nicky Mann
Mike Weedon sent in these two pictures: A shot of the Mngeni where it passes between Hopedale Farm and the Singisi Forest about a kilometre downstream from the bridge under the D244 in Dargle. A little browner today as a result of yesterday’s rain mainly due to runoff from the D244.
and again, from a higher elevation.
Also at Hopedale, Kathy Herrington took this photo with her dog Chia in the foreground.
“The river has definitely been more vigorous and at a higher level – however it is full of sediment and certainly flowing very well after the prolonged rain last evening.”
The Furth Stream is the first major tributary to join the Mngeni river after leaving it’s source at Lake Lyndhurst. White waters rush towards the Mngeni although it has another 5 Km to go before it joins up from here.
Furth Stream can also be tranquil – these two pics taken by Evert van Bremem.
Dieter Setz sent in this picture from Wakefield Farm, looking upstream,
“This is a pic from the area it runs through between Wakefield and Furth. End of next year you will actually be able to see the river, as one of my tasks for the coming year is to clear the river of all wattle on our side.” he added
Nikki Brighton wandered up to one of the many springs in the Dargle hills which turn into fast flowing, unamed streams in a flash
and gurgle through the Kilgobbin forest on the way to join the mighty Mngeni.
Nikki also photographed the Mngeni disappearing over the waterfall just below Avenol.
Hard to believe the river walk team picnicked on the rocks beside the pool below in May – there was just a trickle coming over then.
Jenny Gifford took these pictures: “Here is part “our” precious stretch of the Mngeni.”
“Our smallholding, Riverdale, is about 3kms downstream from the falls, and is almost completely bordered by the river as it meanders through the floodplain below the Merensky forest.”.
Rapids on the Mngeni at River Front Farm, Dargle. taken by Vaughan Koopman.
Tinks Fowler took this picture of water backed up above the Corrie Lynn weir
and this one of the water gushing over.
Guests at Invesanda, Dargle had been having a great time tubing on the river, says Lucinda Bate.
Mike Crawford took these photos from The Wallows, where the Dargle Stream meets the Mngeni:
and looking upstream from the bridge near Chantilly Water.
Gill Addison of Antheap says “Imagine living with this view?”
Gill wished she had been able to capture the moonlight on the water later that evening.
Kathryn Coulson sent in this one of the river at Hebron Nguni Farm
and their friends and family who have been playing in the river over the holidays –
the dogs joined in too!
Tammy Robartes took this picture as the light faded this evening at Wana Farm.
“This is my little sanctuary and swimming pool” says Gilly Robartes.
Eidin Griffin took these photos of the spot where Penny Rees did a water study with local school kids.
”I love the two types of pathways reflected in this pic.”
Ross Haynes photographed the Mngeni just as it leaves our valley and enters Midmar.
We are very fortunate indeed to have this beautiful river run thorough our midst, which obviously gives such joy (never mind water and energy!) to many. We also have a responsibility to take exceptional care of it.