Photographer's Note

Most of beaches on East Java's south coast have grey sands and crashing surf with strong wind and unsheltered by any offshore islands. There is however growing concern that many areas of the coastline are under threat from erosion which are widely exposed to Indian Ocean.

Puger beach, some 30km south of Jember town is an example of a beach prone to sea erosion with the coastal line constantly changes under this hostile condition. This unfriendly windy beach and dunes are without palm trees, the tropical paradise feel is totally absent here. There is a fishing village nearby about half a kilometer inland, whose villagers solely rely on their livelihood by fishing and a small river is their only lifeline connecting to the open sea. Interestingly they have been living under this weather condition for as long as they can remember and to them it is inevitable and normal. There was a casualty recently when a fishing boat was sunk by large pounding waves, fortunately only one perished out of 12 crew members. A breakwater or seawall was erected extending to about 1 km outward from the coastline to protect the river estuary from further erosion as well as to provide shelter from strong wind and wave.

Incidentally this breakwater is also a heaven to some, amateur fishermen would throng here braving the gust of wind. This shot was taken at dusk, a lone fisher manning his fishing gear from the breakwater about half a kilometer away from the coastline.

Additional equipment used: Cokin Gradual Neutral Grey G1-P120 and tripod

Photo Information
  • Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4280 W: 141 N: 9874] (42540)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2008-08-02
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-12-16 10:01
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