Monday, April 7, 2008

A plethora of water transport


Took this photo after diving one day at the resort next door. When I got it home I realised how many modes of water transport I had in it, including the truck/tractor tyre, which in Australia is one of our most popular water toys.

Do you use these at the beach?

This is a banana boat, and is the main form of water transport around here. It is the only way the people from the numerous islands here can get to the mainland to get their supplies.

They are notoriously over-loaded, lacking in basic safety equipment and often overturn in bad weather. I see them heading off, usually in the late afternoon, heading for the Duke of Yorks, and cross my fingers that they all make it safely.

25 comments:

Nathalie said...

Jules it's lovely to have you back. Hope you're not feeling homesick and enjoying the return.

There was a wedding on Saturday in Avignon, come and have a look at the photos, they're fun!

George Townboy said...

Two great shots!! Love them, and your new profile picture as well!

Kris McCracken said...

Fantastic pictures! I'm so glad to see the region get an addition to the daily photo!

dive said...

Tractor tyres! Fun!
We use them in the pool but the sea round here is so cold that only a lunatic (or holidaying Norwegian) would bathe in it. Brr …

Jules said...

Hi Nathalie - Good to hear from you - will try and get over to you but I need a good phone-line to download your page so will try later tonight.

Hi George

Dive - in Australia we say the Victorians are the only ones that will swim when the weather is cold maybe they all migrated from Norway!!!!

Old Wom Tigley said...

The top picture is beautiful..
I see kids on some inland waterways with inner tubes but it is frowned upon... I always thought it was because of safety... but it seems folk over here do not like to be disturbed by the noise of kids enjoying themselves. Now thats sad.
Tom

Jules said...

Yeah Tom - the sound of children laughing is just so disturbing - I have always preferred dripping taps and barking dogs myself!!!! He! He!

oldmanlincoln said...

Fabulous photography, Jules. You did get the transportation scene covered in that one shot.

Did you ever see a tiny fly hanging on the edge of a honey bee's wing?

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio had a picture of one that he took.

Donna said...

Wonderful that you're Back!! Have really missed you and all those tropical wonders!!hughugs

imac said...

Great photos as ever - missed you hope you had a great time


Come and be welcomed by my Duck with open wings.

M.Benaut said...

Judging by the wonderful smiles on the faces of these little garçons, we can tell who's the popular girl 'round these, here parts, Jules. They sure must have missed you.

If you get the boys to ship you out to that nice floating gin palace, I'm sure there will be a ripper internet connection. Maybe don't; - we may never see you again. As Marie alluded, they're probably pirates. You can tell easily; they grip those long curved swords between their teeth as they swing thro the air to jump aboard your boat!

And, yep, I meant to say earlier; Nice new profile shot Lady !!!

quintarantino said...

Fantastic shots ... but, and I guess you won´t mind me asking, is that the new yacht you bought? :)

Willow said...

I love the water transport photo! Isn't it great when you capture the mood and objects 'just right'?

Here in SoCal you don't see tire tubes, you see surfboards.

photowannabe said...

Happy you are back. I have missed your pictures of a land so different than my own. Great photos, especially of all the transportation.

ancient one said...

Hi Jules, glad you are back! Loved these new photos! I love boats on water.

earthboy_rod said...

is rabaul on the same time as Brisbane/Sydney? I always thought it would be ahead of the east coast of Australia but your clock shows it as being the same. welcome back too, less than 3 months till i'm on kokoda and over @ Rabaul.

rod

Lawstude said...

nice photos! i like the first one... =)

Jules said...

Hi All

Earthboy - yes same same as ES Time - with no daylight saving!!! Get suzie to ring me when you arr in rabaul and we will get together. Cheers!!!

Quinto - if only - I do have an outrigger though and a tractor tyre - does that get you interested?????

M B - I wouldn't mind be whisked off by a pirate - as long as he has a nice long sword and a cupboard full of gin!!!! Ho! Ho! Ho! and a bottle of..... gin ??? Well it's close enough.

Jilly said...

Two truly great photos - and so different. Great to see you back with your super work, Jules.

Neva said...

I love it when you look at the photos you took and realize that was not what you were going for but then found it to be wonderful...nice shot of all the boats! tubing seems to be popular here as well.

Jules said...

Neva & Jilly - hi girls - nice to hear from you!!!

alicesg said...

Great photo with the different mode of water transport. Jules, you looked very pretty. :)

quintarantino said...

Outrriger and tractor tyre? Hum ... why not ...

Jules said...

Quinto - you bring the champagne and I'll unhook the tractor tyre!!!!

D.C. Confidential said...

Wow! That first picture is such a juxtaposition and a wonderful pictorial commentary on the disconnect between the haves and the have-nots. Well done!