Seen while cycling around Lake Maninjau...
60 kilometers without a coconut if you don't know to climb to the trees. Of course, there are other things to drink on the way, but I didn't want nor coffee, nor tea, neither soda... I was obsessed by the fact that this was full of coconut trees everywhere but no way to catch one! And I wanted one! Arggh! First, most of the trees had an owner, or were too high, to dream to catch the fruits from it. Finally (after kilometers), the young indo-english studient I was cycling with, and I, found a relatively small coconut tree without owner. As nobody, till then, seemed to be very enthusiastic to catch a coconut for us, we tried to manage the capture by ourselves. To capture the coconut was not an easy task! The soil wasn't very flat but the coconut tree was steep. We tried to shake the branches with a stick, found down in the vegetation, and to convince the coconuts to fall immediately on the ground. No way! The local people passing by, were laughing and they were right: it was laughable. But I was just too thirsty to give up! Finally I succeeded to stop a guy on his motorbike, more curious and compassionate than others (to be true; I was disappointed by the attitude of the local people here, very far from the friendly people I had met on Alor and Timor). He climbed and sent three coconuts down. The Hero of the day! The next thing was: How to cut the coconut to drink the juice without any knife with us? And how to carry a coconut to the not so near next village, when you are riding a bicycle? And still thirsty?...
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bombilla (3404) 2007-02-08 20:25
Great image, Marine. Amazing, really. Such impressive technology in such a rural place. But, of course, that's why they need it. I saw the same thing in Mongolia. The most primitive and isolated conditions, but often a satellite dish. This is a beautiful composition with nice color. And a good story, too. Best, Hugh
rhizomes (15343) 2007-04-09 12:35
Très belle image étonnante ! J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage qui place cet élément "hi-tech" au milieu du cadre de vie rural...
rabani (9645) 2007-04-09 21:32
Solar panels and satellite dishes. Two things which tell you, you are as remote as you can get where civilization is concerned. Mindfully contrasty, seeing a terrace of padi fields with a satellite dish nearby.
goodwill (4879) 2008-09-13 21:44
The notes don't suit the shot at all. I am disaapointed by neither watching the cycle, nor the three coconuts.......mere story telling is not going to pop up the shot.
There seems to be little relevance between what you shoot and what you describe.
Well, the shot itself is meaningful and the title really appropriate.
Focus is a slight problem......but you are learning fast.