Archive | April 2013

Wonderful tranquil Kerala Backwaters

Here just some more ad random pictures which I took when visiting our Backwaters. Away from the hussle and bussle of City life, pollution and noise it only takes a relative short car ride to bring me to the start of the Backwaters and here I can breath and enjoy the “simple way of life” of those lovely people, always friendly and ready to share a piece of fruit or water or chai (tea) with them. The language barrier does not exist for us, we chat and chat – they in Malayalam and I in English and we  understand each other and have a few happy joyous moments together. I love going back to those places, over and over again. So come and join me and enjoy the view. I am happy and proud to show you around.

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waiting to be filled by the drinking water truck

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Fisherman's laundry day

Fisherman’s laundry day

weaaving the roof of his boat

weaving the roof of his boat

Swing in an overgrown garden

Swing in an overgrown garden

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uprooted tree

… And more Kerala Backwater smiles!

You did like my “Crabman” earlier? So, here now just a few female faces  taken on this very same trip. It was such a wonderful day, full of fresh air and laughter.  Those lady’s were not really shy, in fact after a minute or two getting used to my camera I could barely stop them from “showing off” to each other – it really was such fun.

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So just look, relax and smile.

Have a wonderful week-end.

Carina

Smiles from Kerala’s Backwater

As some of you already know I do love photographing people. Not in a studio mind you (I would not have a clue!), but out and about wherever I am and have an opportunity.

Most people are quite happy to have their pictures taken – just smile, ask politely and should they say NO, still smile, thank them and just walk away.

I have been away from my computer desk for a little while due to some serious lack of time. But all going well and (like Arny says)……I will be back! Next week in fact and with some nice little treats, too. So please friends, do not go away – just be patient and keep looking in.

Today was a special treat-day for me. I found at last some photographs I had been searching for all over the place (I of course misfiled them, oh dear!) and I had been wanting to show you for some time.

On one of my sporadic trips to the beautiful Backwaters, my driver and I got lost one day in the middle of nowhere.

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Whilst he was finding out the best way home I kept watching what I thought was a lone fisherman paddling home from a day’s fishing out at sea. Lucky me, he came towards us and got out of his boat lamenting to my driver in their local language that he had not really been very lucky that day – only one single crab! How can anyone feed a family on just one single crab! I felt for him but I wanted to have my picture of that crab. And out of his boat he pulled this enormous crastation!

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How much would a fishmonger charge for this size in your place? Do tell me?

He was also very happy to have his own picture taken – but a smile he would not give me, no way! Absolutely not!

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So I thought “that’s it then”, smiled and thanked him in Malayalam (which I do NOT speak) and this acted like a magic wand. My new-found friend totally cracked up hearing me making a hash of his language – too funny for words and so both of us laughed and I at last got my smile and I realized why he refused at the beginning. But who cares – how can anybody resist this weather beaten face and sparkling eyes? Could you or your camera?

Until soon – Carina x