Friday, June 26, 2009

Empty Vessels Make The Least Sound

Only The Lapping Of The Early-Morning Tide

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


This shot was taken early in the morning in Langkawi, the tropical Malaysian island, during our holiday there last July. One of the Authorbloglets and I went exploring this settlement, about a fifteen-minute walk from the Sheraton. There was not much traffic on the road and the dew was still heavy on the grass, yet the temperature was already very sultry and the humidity was high as well.

We spent a few minutes photographing the brightly coloured local homes and then wandered down this waterway, a little canal that was just off the main road. I was about half an hour too late for true, soft dawn light, but also about half an hour too early for strong daylight.

Nevertheless, it was still an experience to get some shots of these fishing boats and then to stand there and watch as the first fishermen refuelled their vessels, started up and then expertly navigated their way down the canal, past the other moored boats and out towards the open sea.

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23 comments:

Ananda girl said...

Neat shot. What a nice memory for both of you too!

Artist Unplugged said...

What lovely color, and the reflection....beautiful!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

Lovely and peaceful...
Just waiting for their captains to take the helm ...
The colors are my favorite, thanks for sharing.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

The water is so calm and serene.

~Just me again~ said...

What a beautiful, crisp picture!

Sharon said...

That looks so relaxing! Beautiful picture!

Lola said...

Stunning shot and beautiful memory.

Leslie: said...

Lovely reflection. I caught several similar shots earlier in the month when at White Lake - where we were when we got engaged (June 5th). *big grin*

Maggie May said...

I love that shot.
The colour, the reflections and the mood that has been caught. Great!
Getting the Authorbloglet trained up?!

Shadow said...

peace and beauty personified.

M.Kate said...

Beautiful, don't we love colorful boats.

imbeingheldhostage said...

What a tranquil photo!!

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

lovely photo David...the clarity

Moannie said...

So clear I swear I can hear the buzzing of Mosquitoes.

Sarah Lulu said...

The reflection is pure magic ..I love it.

Gaston Studio said...

The colors are fantastic and the water reflection makes them ever more so.

Grace Albaugh said...

love the colors reflected in the water. Stunning.

kaye said...

what intersting experiences you have, your children are lucky. Here’s my photo story. happy Friday!

Ryanne said...

Beautiful as always. I would love to see some of the many places you have been so fortunate to see. Your picture makes it look so peaceful there!

Pagan Sphinx said...

The thumbnail on my blog reader caught my eye immediately. It's a perfect picture. I'm assuming from comments that you went photographing with your daughter. What memorable parenting times, those are.

Best,
Gina

chewy said...

boat float
flip flop
over under
smooth wavy
dry wet

♥ bfs - Mimi ♥ said...

My last two posts have involved the boat and the water.

Peaceful. Reflections
Poetry. Perfection.

Mojo said...

Not sure I'd much fancy being in open water in one of those, but I suppose they're not going that far out, eh? and I'd say the light was just about perfect for the vivid paint job on this hull. The softer light of true dawn would have subdued it and the harsher light later on would have washed it out.