What a difference a few months can make. Whilst taken only a few months apart, it is clear to see how much the plains filled with water in December 2016, and then dropped significantly by March 2017.
The reflection on the surface of the water of the blue sky in the December photo masks the actual black/brown colour that the water became during the high water levels of late 2016. Known as ‘black water’ due to all the decaying natural debris that got washed into the river, it was not a pretty sight! As the river levels returned to normal, and the black water got flushed downstream, the water returned to it’s usual colour.