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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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Harvesting natural salt, Bali, Indonesia. Sea salt contains small amounts of essential minerals, which are good for human health. But trace amounts of heavy metals from polluted sea water are becoming more common, threatening this traditional livelihood.


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Katara 4th Traditional Dhow Festival.

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Chilean National Rodeo Finals

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เรือนทรงไทย ในศูนย์ศิลปาชีพบางไทร อยุธยา


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.:))

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The sandstone seems to glow in the morning sun, somewhat backlit and delivering that orangie/red "Traditional Bryce" Canyon look.

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This is an old traditional door found in Vasa village in the

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