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This may be the last “icy” photo for the season as today was the beginning of milder weather with no temperatures under zero predicted for the next couple of weeks. Because it was Australia Day yesterday (sorry, I’m a little late), I’ve named this post after a well-known Aussie word, billabong which is a body of water, like a large pond. It forms when a river changes its course, leaving a section cut off from the new river. When the river floods every wet season, the water in the billabong flows again as it connects up with the main river.

The word billabong comes from the Wiradjuri (‘weir-add-jeer-ee’) language of south western New South Wales: bila meaning ‘river’ and bang meaning ‘continuing in time or space’.

C’est peut-être la dernière photo “glacée” de la saison car aujourd’hui le  redoux a commencé. Il n’y a pas de températures en dessous de zéro prévues pendant une dizaine de jours. Puisque c’était la fête nationale australienne hier (mes excuses pour ce retard), j’ai nommé ce post après un mot australien très connu : billabong. Il s’agit d’un bras mort laissé par une rivière qui se dessèche pendant la saison sèche et qui retrouve de l’eau lors d’inondations pendant la saison des pluies.  

Le mot billabong vient de la langue wiradjuri parlée dans la partie sud-ouest de la nouvelle Galles du sud: bila veut dire “rivière” et bang veut dire “ce qui continue dans le temps ou dans l’espace”.

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4 comments on “The Icy Billabong – Le billabong glacé

  1. Helen

    A tad cooler then what we experienced on Australia Day.
    Rain came at the end of the day and the humidity increased with it. I’m not complaining. This is the ‘lucky country’ and I am so thankful.
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    1. avril Post author

      Certainly different weather! Today, it was 8°C and felt quite balmy.

  2. William Kendall

    We’re apparently in for several straight days of snow.

    This is a pretty spot. There’s an equivalent term in Canada for when this happens, but I can’t recall it at present.
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  3. avril Post author

    Yes, it is a pretty spot. Let me know if you do!

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