Water World


The coral triangle... where everyone gets a sea view

…I must admit, I wasn’t expecting to see this sight when I woke up this morning.  We’ve been suffering the periphery of typhoon Parma since I arrived here in Sabah, shrouding the Celebes sea in rainy grey clouds and dashing any hopes I’ve had of shooting pictures from our helicopter which has spent the last 4 days parked redundantly at the local airfield.  Today however, during an unexpected break in the weather, we managed to get some quality time in the air out searching for Bajau villages…

OMG!  What an incredible sight to behold…  hundreds of small stilted communities perched on reefs a few kilometers out to sea.  One of the most impressive sights I have witnessed on this whole journey so far.

These dwellings belong to amongst others, Bajau sea gypsies who have chosen to live a sedentary life, renouncing their nomadic existence on ocean boats in favour of a front door and neighbours.    Tomorrow we are going to meet them in their homes… and then at work…


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7 Responses to “Water World”

  1. louise says:

    that is an amazing picture!

  2. In India says:

    Beautiful images. Inane captions.

    I wish you could provide more social/cultural/historical information with your images. Aesthetics are wonderful, but I would like more detail on the circumstances of the images.

    Thank you sir.

  3. odysseyist says:

    That’s one superduper groovy kind of place. But then, I am from that part of the world, so I might be biased.

  4. uzma says:

    mother nature is beautiful

  5. Anonymous says:

    This is a nice image. The composition is very stable because the village is somewhat centralized. Also, what im assuming is seaweed, helps the viewers eye move throughout the image along with the houses and the mountains further back.

  6. hermawan75 says:

    I love this place..

  7. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic image. Amazing.

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