I try to get out and explore as often as I can. My scouting trips intended for future photographic opportunities. Several months ago I happened upon this fisherman’s beach on the south coast of Clarendon which had a couple of large tide pools. I thought it had interesting photographic opportunities, so I logged it in my little book and moved on.
Recently, I headed out again to do some more scouting, but also with the intention of catching an idyllica sunset somewhere. Since my wandering would carry me near to this beach that I had visited, I thought it would have been the perfect opportunity to see what I could capture there.
The day however didn’t start off so promising. The skies were very cloudy and a quick check of the Caribbean satellite showed the threat of a lot of rain. However, when I saw the sun emerging over my home, I couldn’t resist the urge to jump in the car and head out knowing full well that I had far to go and the weather over my house had nothing to do with where I was ending up miles away. I did drive through a bit of rain, but luckily my destination was spared, so far.
After scouting a few locations, I arrived at the beach. There were a few fishermen preparing to head out to sea, occasionally looking in my direction with curious gazes while they worked , as I walked about with my backpack and tripod in hand. I went to the bank of one of the tide pools and set about to find a pleasing composition. It wasn’t long before I settled on this point of view. Now, all I had to do was just wait for the sun to get lower. This is one of the moments that I truly enjoy as it forces you slow down, just observe and be a witness to the beauty around you. I watched as the fishermen helped two of their brothers prepare to head out for the night, the occasional jumping of what seemed like little fish in the tide pools and crabs scampering about occasionally waving there claws as if welcoming me to come over. I also saw some little children off in the distance, all girls, playing in an old boat. While observing this I would occasionally press the remote shutter release and periodically check the LCD. It was getting close.
Curiosity won over as the children edged closer to me. Eventually the bravest of the bunch, about the age of 5, came over. “Good evening sir” she said. “Good evening” I replied. My smile to her seemed to signal to the rest it was okay to come over. Soon I was surrounded by the sand covered children. “I’m taking pictures of this beautiful sunset”, I told them as I excitedly showed them a few of the shots I took on the back of the camera. I only got puzzled looks from them. After all, they saw the sunset from here every day. As if to switch to a topic of more interest to them, “Look sir, wi catch some crab. Dem small doh”, they said excitedly, showing me there prizes. “One crocodile in dere” the older one (about 9) said while pointing to tide pool I was at the edge of. “Really? How big”, I asked. “It not very big”, she replied while I scanned the water in front of me. That must have been the reason why those little fish were jumping, I thought. I could see the news reports, “Man wrestles crocodile to save camera gear”. Haha…
Eventually after chatting with me a bit they went on their merry way. The moment was here and I was busy snapping away, adjusting my exposure and trying to catch the clouds and the tide pool water just right. Things were looking good on the LCD. Eventually the children came back again to show off their newest prize, a much larger crab, but by now the sun had disappeared below the horizon and it was getting dark. Between that, the swarm of mosquitoes that came out of nowhere and the girls seeming pleasure in taking turns slapping me in an attempt to save me from the bites of the mosquitoes, this signalled to me that it was definitely time to go. I couldn’t pack fast enough. The run to the car didn’t help as the bites continue until I was safely locked in the car.
All part of a totally enjoyable evening, as far as I am concerned, and worth every moment (and bite). My only wish would have been to have a second camera with me. I would have loved to have captured an image of those girls as they proudly showed me their crab.
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