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This is no ordinary fishing, there might be several methods of catching a fish but this one is mind-boggling. Fishermen in Sri Lanka use stilts to catch a fish. Stilt Fishing is an old tradition practiced by around 500 fishing families in Galle, in southwestern-most Sri Lanka, especially around the towns of Koggala,Kathaluwa, and Ahangama.


They usually fish during sunset, noon and sunrise, with each one taking their elevated position and balancing about 2 meters above the water. As you can see in the picture front slider, there is a vertical pole engrafted into the sea bed, attached to it is a cross bar, called petta, on which the fishermen do the balancing act. So with one hand they hold the stilt and the other hand they have a fishing rod or a line to catch spotted herrings and small mackerels, which are then kept in a plastic bag tied around their waist or the pole.


So the fishermen of that area don't mind sitting for long hours to get their catch, it seems they don't use a bait either on the hook. Since how long this custom is practiced is not known, Government document which says that according to old fishermen stilt fishing started after the Second World War.

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Brush Creek Falls

Bluestone River Tributary

Mercer County


After posting a couple Kentucky images, it's back to posting images from West Virginia! In recent weeks I posted a couple images of Brush Creek Falls showing some unique perspectives; here's a more traditional view . . . Thanks for looking and I very much appreciate your comments!


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Maarssen (Holland)

From my archives. Sept. 25, 2009

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Katara 4th Traditional Dhow Festival.

Hit EXPLORE #293 on Dec 9, 2008


One from the archives...


This traditional handicraft is used to decorate doors frames...

Greece has many villages that almost exclusively consist of structures primarily made of stones and wood ... Two building materials stronger than cement, that remain practically unaltered for centuries and that unsparingly exhale all around them a sense of traditional aura, of a warm, honest, rustic environment ...


Pagoneri ... In Greek it means "Frozen Water" ... A village that lies only a few kilometers away from the Greek - Bulgarian borders, at the Prefecture of Drama ... It is small, no more than two hundred people inhabit it on a permanent basis, yet it's a lovely place to wander especially during Autumn Season ... All of its houses are old, some of them look old even though recently reconditioned and quite a few are in a state of abandonment for many years now ...


When one walks all around Pagoneri, one feels as if one managed to make time travel a feasible event ...


From a technical point of view, the photograph is a stitched result of three vertical frames ... An effective way to simulate photographs that are taken with particularly pricey wide-angle lens without having to use one ...


NIKON D90 DSLR with Nikon Nikkor 18 - 55 lens, Aperture priority mode, f 9, ISO 200, focal length 18 mm, manually adjusted focusing, shutter speed 1/120 s white balance set to cloudy weather, PATTERN metering mode, no flash, no tripod, photo is a result of 3 vertically taken and stitched photos ...


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Details of former head office of Gist- en Spiritusfabriek (later DSM), Delft, Holland. Build in 1905.

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Farmstead in the Lithuanian countryside.

Traditional salt fields are located in the village of Sila, Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia

Thai traditional musicians posing in front of the way Thepthidaram ,Bangkok ,Thailand

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Traditional fisherman just after sunrise. This shot was taken on the Inlay Lake in the Shan State, one of the most popular regions in Burma. I figured that most typical shots here were actually fake. There are lots of "fishermen" on the lake that will pose for you if you give them 1-2 $ ! I didn't want that so I decided to wake up early in the morning, take a boat cab and drive to the fishing grounds. So I guess this one is a lil bit more authentic than most of the iconic shots. Just search for "inle lake, fisherman" on google. Then you'll know what I mean.

Wearing traditional clothing, a Hindu devotee is getting down of Chandarakhup -the mud volcano which is respected as a sacred place by the Hindu community.

Girls dressed in traditional attire at a festival in Libano, Colombia.

Take on my recent trip to Melbourne, Victoria.

This is part of the Melbourne GPO Building. It actually doesn't have a Post Office in it anymore but instead Designer Clothes Shops.


People kept popping into the picture but eventually I managed this one.


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Exposure: 1/350 sec, Aperture: f/13, Focal Length:14 mm, ISO: 100

Nikon D700, Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Single shot.


(No very long multi invitations please.:))

This is how we welcome Guests in the state of Tamilnadu, India

Thorup Strand in the northern part of Denmark. One of the few places remaining where fishing vessels are still pulled up onto the beach every day.

Traditional dhows are still the main means of transport on the turquoise waters along the East African Coast. This fishing boat was shot at Paje Beach on Zanzibar Island.


Mighty and the myth of righteous people, in ancient times there must be a gate of the housing.

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A torii is a traditional Japanese gate most commonly found at the entrance of or within a Shinto shrine, where it symbolically marks the transition from the profane to the sacred The presence of a torii at the entrance is usually the simplest way to identify Shinto shrines.

Torii were traditionally made from wood or stone, but today they can be also made of reinforced concrete, copper, stainless steel or other materials. They are usually either unpainted or painted vermilion with a black upper lintel. Inari shrines typically have many torii because those who have been successful in business often donate in gratitude a torii to Inari, kami of fertility and industry. Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto has thousands of such torii, each bearing the donor name.

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