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When it is low tide in Kiribati, the inside of the atolls become vast areas of exposed sand banks stranding any boats that may be moored there. Like the first picture of Kiribati that I posted two days ago, I like this one because it illustrates just how uncrowded the islands are and how nice it is to find a place where there are no other tourists. There are actually three people in this photograph – they are the specks about 2-3 mm below the horizon towards the centre and centre-right of the picture. They are local people on the sand banks collecting shell fish. By the time the tide comes up again, they will each have collected a large sack of crustaceans, which form part of the staple diet of the Gilbertese.

This shot was taken looking west across the Temaiku Bight, not far from Tarawa’s airport. PP: cropped at bottom, levels adjusted, contrast +9, saturation +7, unsharp mask.

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