Tourists? They dream at the level of posh cars

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    "Tourists? They dream at the level of posh cars."

    "Now not of use anyway."
    "Might as well ride the Ocean with it."
    (This story contains excerpts from my talk with the wise old man.)

    Report from Builders Island. Continued from yesterday.

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    These slender, windswept curvaceous beauties are not very well
    favoured with the islanders. Not at this age anyway.
    Some possible reasons:
    1. Difficult to climb and harvest.
    2. Dangerous with falling objects.
    3. Hinder agricultural plants with unwanted shade.

    The coconut tree provides.
    The islanders have depended on it long, long before Tom Hanks did Castaway.
    From food to fire wood.
    From shelter to welfare.
    They are also loved by builders.

    These slender, windswept curvaceous beauties have served.
    Served well, but now they must . . .
    fall.
    Fall prey to the ogling eyes of the bad boat builder.
    He loves curves.
    He loves sensuous curves to death. The boat builder.
    Away he goes to fetch the cruel tree feller.
    Knock. Knock. Knock.
    After a while . . . Chop. Chop. Chop.
    (Tree fells)
    Bastards, Right?
    Well. Not so right.

    For centuries, these islanders have skilfully honed,
    shaped and weaved coconut wood into sleek ocean riders.
    They become powerful machines under the guidance of these master-craftsmen.
    Powerful machines, driven by wind and carved by imagination.
    The boat itself does not have a single nail or screw to hold it in place.
    Nor does it require any scaled drawing or power tools to take it from start to finish.
    Yet the streamlining, proportions, functionality and symmetry has taken
    this craft to the level of a work of art.
    See Ali: www.flickr.com/photos/ahmedzahid/31638708/

    I protested to the wise old man.
    But the tourists? They love these trees. They are part of the island scenery.
    "Tourists?"
    "They dream at the level of posh cars."
    "Do you make posh cars?" He says, looking quizzly at my camera.
    I pondered.
    I wondered if he meant what he meant. And finally I said:
    No. I know somebody who makes post cards.
    He . . he (the pro photgrapher) ran back to house to recharge. His batteries went flat.

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    1. ninja biscuit 97 months ago | reply

      it is amazing to me how two people can look at the same thing and it has two profoundly different meanings to them...the world continues to teach me. :)

    2. 'Max 96 months ago | reply

      perfect!

    3. Mrs. Belleza Arecibeña [deleted] 96 months ago | reply

      Beautiful!!!!

    4. MOVING to flickr.com/people/photographybypaulsutcl [deleted] 95 months ago | reply

      nice shot!

    5. tbacilek 95 months ago | reply

      i want to be here... beautiful!!!!

    6. Pyralis 94 months ago | reply

      Totally awesom photo. Love the perspective this gives as to how large the trees are.

    7. Gry 94 months ago | reply

      i love all your photos. you must be living in paradise?!

    8. dontstaysilent 91 months ago | reply

      Simply gorgeous.

    9. FlickrFavs 88 months ago | reply

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    10. REMYC 87 months ago | reply

      This photo makes me want to stop work and jump on a plane.. : )

    11. Tom O'Neill 86 months ago | reply

      I think this photo is a
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    12. jdubs126 86 months ago | reply

      great color. Beautiful photo.

    13. danuqui 84 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Atardeceres del mundo / World sunsets, and we'd love to have your sunset photos added to the group.

      Beautiful sunset!

    14. The Lydiannacat 62 months ago | reply

      lovely picture which is very pretty and nice work it most have been hard to get such a great view (from my niece shania ,9 year old)

    15. Nicola Wegher 53 months ago | reply

      bellissima foto!!!!

    16. Tejas Katdare 49 months ago | reply

      nice colors!
      seen on DPS.

    17. J Cianfrani Photography 31 months ago | reply

      beautiful colors and clouds. great silhouette

    18. Eric Dewar Photography 22 months ago | reply

      HOLY !!! I LOVE THIS SHOT!!

      great eye! :D

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