The day we visited Tempe lake a storm brewed, providing us with an nice light for photographs. However for the inhabitants of the lake, the outlook continues to be stormy.
Lake Tempe in South Sulawesi was once called the “fish bowl of Indonesia“. Today, as a result of chronic sedimentation caused by erosion and water plants, fishing is drying up. The sediment piles on at a rate of five centimeters per year, causing the lake to shrink away in the dry season and overflow in the wet season.
Three regencies border the lake — Wajo, Soppeng and Sidenreng Rappang. Wajo, in particular, is at risk from seasonal floods which threaten thousands of private and public buildings.
Once the lake was 30,000 hectares in area and 10,000 meters deep. (There seems to be some dispute over the original depth of the lake, so lets say it was somewhat larger than today) Now, Tempe is never larger than 10,000 hectares and shrinks to 1,000 hectares with a maximum depth of two meters in the dry season.
The Wajo regency administration and several environmental organizations say the lake may remain only a memory in future years.
Nine rivers flow into the lake and sedimentation is attributed to upstream erosion. The condition is worsened by household waste and the rampant growth of water hyacinth.
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gelor (3229) 2008-11-22 7:48
Voici une composition comme je les aime ! C'est très bien vu et très bien fait. La qualité de l'image est vraiment exceptionnelle. Toutes mes félicitations.
anducina (8407) 2008-11-22 7:49
Excellent compo and silver tones.
delkoo (68) 2008-11-22 8:54
That must have been a wonderful trip and you got a most gorgeous shot. i guess the moment was magical and you share well this feeling with us.
KevRyan (22952) 2008-11-22 10:05
I really like the way you have chosen to frame the house with the inclusion of the foreground prow of the boat Elaine - the image illustrates your story so well picking up the elements of the image and emphasising the direness with which the inhabitants face.
best wishes Kev
p.s. surely it wasn't 30,000 feet deep though!
acanay (483) 2008-11-22 13:21
are you sure about "10,000 meters deep" :-)
btw. great composition and lighting ... keep going
nilotpalr (106) 2008-11-22 16:14
SteveH (6243) 2008-11-22 17:52
Hi Elaine, regardless of the depth of the water, this is a fine composition. the boat in the FG showing great detail and colour and the BG, context. The reflection of the houses works well too. cheers, Steve
holmertz (42643) 2008-11-23 7:15
A beautiful composition showing us various aspects of way of life in this part of the world. I like the soft colours caused by the rather dark clouds.
Among the deep forests where I grew up it was a well-known fact that some lakes were bottomless ;-)
Angshu (56180) 2008-11-24 19:56
What I do see & read here, reminds me of Tonle Sap, floating village, rivers flowing into it. The difference perhaps is the fishing part, which you've emphasized well with usage of the boat prow in the FG. 10,000 metres is a huge depth indeed. I had no idea of this lake & the environs it supports. Adds to my learning...thanks Elaine!
Waylim (25366) 2008-11-25 12:30
This sure has a similarity to many floating villages in Asia, such as the Tonle Sap in Cambodia, and Inle in Burma and many more that I don't even know about yet. I like the indlusio of the foreground boat show good color and give depth to the image and more interesting composition. The light is not ideal for good photo, but you did your best and got a very decent image with good quality and strong impression of the way life is in this remote area.
Housegaijin (0) 2009-02-26 5:23
That is just lovely, Elaine, a relaxed but very well thought out shot, a pleasure for the eyes...
- Copyright: Elaine springford (everlasting) (14694)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-09-06
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Nikon D 70, Nikon 18-200mm VR, Digital RAW
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Sulawesi
- Date Submitted: 2008-11-22 6:24