Fishing On Water in Inle Lake

re:  Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge:  “In or On Water”

Not on the ocean but a very different body of water. These photos were taken on Inle Lake in Myanmar and feature the fishermen of the area.

There are two types of fisherman. Those who fish and those who pose for tourists.  Both have remarkable agility and balance on their long boats. They move about the boat, casting and pulling in their nets while steering tall paddles with their feet.  The difference between the fishers and posers? The posers are better dressed. This fellow is a fisherman. 

 Photos taken on Inle Lake, Myanmar in 2016.

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Storm Watch

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Environment Canada issued a severe wind warning for Vancouver Island yesterday.  South West Vancouver Island (where we are) was hardest hit with 90 km winds and 100 km gusts.  Although we were most exposed, our little town was unscathed.  Elsewhere, BC hydro lines were knocked out and thousands were without power for hours.

Wind storms make for spectacular viewing. At its worse, we watched from the safety of our house. When it calmed down, we went to Amphitrite for a closer look.  There were other tourists and storm watchers there.  It was easy to identify first timers – they wore woefully inadequate rain ponchos which flapped in the wind as they hurried back to their cars.  Geared up in proper rain jackets, hoods and waterproof boots, we still got chilled to the bone.

But it was awesome.

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The Seals were Steller but not Whales

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Steller sea lions 

We wanted to see whales.

It was a foggy day in Ucluelet. At least it was on our side of the peninsula. On the harbor (a ten minute walk away) it was crystal clear. At Jamies’ Whaling Station, the group coming back from an earlier trip said they’d seen lots of whales.  And so we went.

We saw lots of this.

But no whales.  March is the beginning of the annual whale migration.  During this time  20,000 Grey Whales move along the Pacific coast to their summer feeding ground in the Arctic.  On the shore we can see evidence of whales by the flumes of water spouting in the distance.  To truly see the whales, we have to get closer by boat. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. Despite being crystal clear in the harbour, we were socked in by fog in open water, where the whales were hiding.

We did see other wildlife.  The Steller seal lions (shown here) are native to the North Pacific. They’re distinguished from the California seal lion by their look and sound.  The Califorinians have a loud ‘ark, ark’ bark and the Stellers have a lower growl. Stellers have a lighter brown-blond colour and are much bigger, almost twice as big. The bulls grow up to 2200 lbs (~ 1,000 kg)  and have a distinct ‘mane’ on their upper torso which the Californian do not have.

We saw both types of seal lions.  The Steller colony was dominating a rocky island, sharing space with a large group of sea otters, while the Californians hung out in the harbour.

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Steller seal bull with his colony

While we didn’t see the whales, we actually had an excellent day out. It was our first time on the water and it was wonderful to see the coast line and islands in Barclay Sound.  Besides, since we hadn’t seen any whales Jamie said we could have another trip for free.   We will be back!

Ucluelet. April 2019

Ce n’est pas possible

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In my hometown it is illegal to smoke in public places: indoors, outdoors and anywhere near a  sports field or playground.

Smoking on an outdoor patio is not possible.

This picture is not possible.

Paris, France. 2018


About this post:

If you’re a photographer, you’ll understand my obsession with smoke.

Like sunbeams and shadows, tendrils of smoke, rising but not obscuring a face, add character to a picture.  But chasing smoke is like chasing sunbeams.  It’s elusive and transient.  In urban street photography, particularly in Canada and US, it is increasingly rare.

My Health Conscious Self says “That’s a good thing.”
My Photographer Self says “There’s always Paris …”