"Sightings on the Beach in Bali"
|As we watched the fisherman manning their nets, we noticed this thing in the background. It turned out to be a part of a tree with trash hanging. We called it a "trash tree."|
Certainly, it helps that we're so close to the shore. At high tide, we only need to walk about 21 feet, 7 meters, to dip our toes into the water. Unfortunately, we don't always have the camera at our side as we move from spot to spot outdoors to get out of the sun as the day wears on.
|They commenced the process of pulling the huge net ashore.|
Between 2 and 3 pm, we wander over to the covered cabana where I usually
read aloud a few chapters in a book we're sharing at the time. Reading aloud has always been enjoyable and we share many articles, newsletters and news stories by reading aloud to one another several times each day.
|Each man had to hold tight to haul the net into the shore.|
A few days ago we captured today's photos of local fisherman dealing with the nets and subsequent catch. It further reminded us of how much fishing in Bali and, in other parts of the world, is conducted from the shore where certain types of fish are found in somewhat toxic waters.
|The boat with one outriggers stayed in shallow enough water preventing it from drifting out to sea.|
Lately, with rough seas, the usual barrage of fishing boats we previously had seen lit up at night haven't been out. Plus, the recent holidays in Bali may have kept some of the fisherman from heading out overnight to fish halfway between Sumbersari and Java.
|In this photo we counted 10 fishermen.|
Catching fish for their families is also a part of daily life for many fishermen as well as for earning a living. Gede explained that many collectives of local fisherman ship considerable amounts of their catches overseas.
|Our photos were taken in succession of the activities. At this point, it appeared they were managing the last edge of the net where the fish would be located.|
We've discovered by the larger fish while fresh (not frozen), smelling it for freshness and cooking it promptly has prevented us from any fish related health issues. For us, we've chosen not to consume any farmed fish.
|We spotted a few young boys attempting to help. Most likely, this is how they learn this vital means of food and income as they mature.|
There are literally millions of webpages with information of fish farming that may apply to your purchasing options. Many don't find it matters to them whether fish is farmed or fresh caught fish. That's entirely a personal choice.
|We couldn't zoom in close enough to see that they'd caught but with the green cool box nearby it appeared they'd caught something.|
As for these fisherman, they are doing the very best they can to provide food and income for their families. We commend them and appreciate their diligence and commitment. The Balinese people continue to amaze us in their hard work and self sufficiency as we often observe while peering out at the beach, day after day.
|The large basket, shown near the center of this photo, is used to carry their equipment.|
Photo from one year ago today, September 17, 2015:
|Pineapple growing in the yard in Fiji, one year ago. Click here for details.|