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Hook, Line and Sinker

Line and Sinker are visible, but I’m afraid the Hook is in the fish’s mouth.

South Padre Island, part of Texas, is situated in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a popular surf fishing destination. If you think these sinkers look enormous, well, they have to contend with some pretty heavy surf and strong currents.

Lines, Hooks, Sinkers! Plus rods and reels. (And Kevin, a family friend)

Here are my parents, proudly holding dinner.

Another hidden hook.

Posted as part of October Squares Lines&Squares

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Random Fridays: Gone Fishing

Men fish, oblivious to the giant A380 that has just landed behind them.

Men fish from a breakwater, oblivious to the giant A380 that has just landed behind them.

I was torn between calling this photo “Plane Spotting” or “Gone Fishing” — but since the people are paying no attention to the aircraft screaming along the runway behind them, I went with the fishing theme. This is Sydney, where the airport’s runways jut out into Botany Bay. The people are not quite as close to the runway as this photo indicates, as the lens’s zoom has brought the background closer.


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Travel Album: South Padre Island (Texas)

Gone fishin’

On one of the few sunny days during my Christmas visit to south Texas, we went to South Padre Island to fish. People tend to imagine Texas as all cattle and oil wells, not thinking of that long coastline that curves along the Gulf of Mexico. For Travel Photo Mondays (sorry, I’m a couple of days late), here, perhaps, is a new slant on Texas.

I am not a morning person: the only time I tend to see a sunrise is when I'm on the 4am-8am watch while sailing. But even I could appreciate the beauty of the sun emerging from a low bank of clouds and illuminating the still waters of the bay.

I am not a morning person; the only time I tend to see a sunrise is when I’m on the 4am-8am watch while sailing. But even I could appreciate the beauty of the sun emerging from a low bank of clouds and illuminating the still waters of the bay.

To most people, South Padre Island means condos, beaches and Spring Break mayhem. Seen from the causeway, the high rise hotels stand sentinel in the early morning light.

To most people, South Padre Island means condos, beaches and Spring Break mayhem. Seen from the causeway, the high rise hotels stand like sentinels in the early morning light.

Even the dogs had fun!

Even the dogs had fun!

Portuguese Man of War jellyfish. I was stung by one of these in Durban, and took my revenge on the entire species by propping this one up in the sun to photograph it.

Portuguese Man of War jellyfish. I was stung by one of these in Durban, and took my revenge on the entire species by propping this one up in the sun to photograph it.

Another Portuguese Man of War, looking rather pretty and oh-so innocent.

Another Portuguese Man of War, looking rather pretty and oh-so innocent.

Heading into the surf to do battle with the waves.

Heading into the surf to do battle with the waves.

Focus on fishing (well, the rod and reel, anyway).

Focus on fishing (well, the rod and reel, anyway).

They also serve who only stand and wait.

They also serve who only stand and wait.

Got one! Alas, it was only a huge wodge of seaweed.

Got one! Alas, it was only a huge wodge of seaweed.

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Travel Album: Kerala (India)

A few days in Kerala

Thanks again to Noel for inviting me to participate in Travel Photo Mondays. My photo blog has been up for only a few weeks, so I have no travel-related posts yet – but I certainly have no shortage of travel-related photos, and I’m always glad to share them! (Just ask my long-suffering family and friends.) Here are some images from a trip to Kochi (Cochin) and Kerala, India, in April this year.

Woman washing clothes in a stream, Kerala backwaters

Woman washing clothes in a stream,
Kerala backwaters

Man fishing from the bank, Kerala backwaters

Man fishing from the bank, Kerala backwaters

Inside a factory where they turn clam shells into powered lime (by hand), Kerala backwaters

Inside a factory where they turn clam shells into powered lime (by hand), Kerala backwaters

The window of a spice shop, Kochi

The window of a spice shop, Kochi

Men hauling in nets on a fishing vessel, Kochi

Men hauling in nets on a fishing vessel, Kochi

Goddess and oil lamps, Ginger House, Kochi

Goddess and oil lamps, Ginger House, Kochi

This poem is an installation left from the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2012, on a former warehouse in Kochi

This poem is an installation left from the Kochi Muziris Biennale 2012, on a former warehouse in Kochi

I arrived in Kochi by sea, on a tall ship called Lord Nelson. We had sailed from Durban in South Africa,
a voyage of seven weeks through both storm and calm. As we passed this building,
I was moved by the sentiments of journey, loss and separation expressed in these few words.
Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

The waterway from the Laccadive Sea into Vembanad Lake,
around which Kochi clusters, is lined with these Chinese fishing nets, simple yet ingenious.
A net is lowered into the water and lifted again by a series of weights and levers.
Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

Chinese fishing nets, Kochi

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