The Great Escape

living a simple life in Palawan Philippines

Weekly Photo Challenge: DISTORTED

The intense afternoon sun flickers on the water. Ten minutes of paddling from Chindonan Island we arrive. Above the water we watch as hundreds of tiny bait fish skip across the water chased by hungry swordfish. Splashes of moving colour entice us to look down. Masks and snorkels on, we slip into the water and are quickly intoxicated by the small but beautiful coral reef. It teems with exotic fish of all kinds.

This small reef is a DISTORTED view of the true health of the coral reefs in the Philippines. Only a tiny percentage of the coral thatโ€™s found near shore is in excellent condition. Human impact (dynamite fishing, cyanide fishing, irresponsible tourism) and environmental stresses (global warming) has damaged the rest. All is not fine is paradise.

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15 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: DISTORTED

  1. oops forgot to say how much I like the photo

  2. Its hard to reconcile human needs with purity, I do not know enough about Phillipines economic circumstances but dynamite and cyanide fishing sounds dreadful, especially the cyanide. How do you engage with that? Can you?

    • With cyanide fishing the fishermen dissolve tablets in a water bottle and squirt the toxic liquid at fish around the coral reef. It only stuns the fish so it can be easily taken. However, the cyanide stays in the water and kills the reef. Fishing is a major source of income and a food supply to the people. I don’t think they really understand the implications of the methods they employ, especially the fishermen in small island villages.

  3. Perfect! Or should I say distorted?

  4. I love the colors and suggested textures of this shot. It really is a work of art, as much as it is a photograph. Great Capture! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. You definitely got it!

    Please feel free to drop by and view my interpretation of Distorted:
    https://fstopfantasy.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/weekly-photo-challenge-distorted/

  6. jbheronneau on said:

    very nice!!!
    thank you for this picture… ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. A beautiful image ๐Ÿ™‚ Imogen ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Quite lovely. Nice narrative

    ~Anne

  9. jenkakio on said:

    I love your interpretation! I’ve never been to the PI before, but all my friends tell me that’s it’s awesome. One day, I’ll visit.

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