Greetings from the Caribbean Island of Jamaica! No, I am not on vacation, and yes this is the beginning of hurricane and rainy season. In fact, I am listening to thunder right now. Thunder, lightning, lots of mosquitos and I am darn happy. Why? Because I am out doing what I love second best in the whole wide world. Having an adventure, taking photos, and traveling with Jamie Bechtel on behalf of a non-profit very near and dear to my heart – www.anewcourse.org
This morning Jamie and I found ourselves in a small bay on the North side of the island called Oracabesse Bay. It is a few hours and a world away from MoBay and the cruise ship ports of call (thank god). I had the happy task of taking photo’s of the local fishermen. If you know me at all, you know I love to photograph fishermen – anytime, anywhere. The thing is fishermen the world round are up and out very early. We didn’t see them on their way out to sea before dawn, but we were there waiting for them when they came in with their catch a few hours later.
The local fishermen sell to the local people right on the beach. Sadly, we were told today that the fish served to tourists in resorts is purchased from big offshore boats, sometime caught by fishermen from as far away as New Zealand. For the most part, tourist money that is spent on “fresh local fish” doesn’t go into the pockets of the local fishermen. That is some food for thought isn’t it?
Jamie and I hung out on the beach for hours, talking with local men and women to see what we could learn. It was really really hot. I grabbed a few shots before the sun was blazing, met some interesting characters, and had my first taste of conch – right from a grill on the beach. Honestly, it was more than a bit rubbery and salty – better than urchin but not quite as tasty as jerk chicken. It is a thing tho’, you win local hearts and get better photos if you try the local fare. We are here for a few more days and will try and get a few more shots along the way.
Hope you enjoy these from Oracabesse Bay, I sure did!