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Water Reflections 5

Land, water, sand, ocean...
The ocean would be to the right... In later pictures I will show what the water did, and how houses were torn down.
The power of the ocean was incredible.
This house is still standing today, in 2008.
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Date Taken
Jul 11, 2004, 5:35:53 PM
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Dawnelle-Blue's avatar
:wave: Hello! This work has been featured in my journal. I hope you don't mind!! :dance: :hug: [link]
Dawnelle-Blue's avatar
What can I say? Your work is awesome!!!! :dance:
Dawnelle-Blue's avatar
I'm stealing that emote!! :giggle:
Manwathiell's avatar
Be my guest !!! :laughing:
Wirikos's avatar
What a quite place... :meditation:
Manwathiell's avatar
Indeed... a beautiful place to go ! :nod:
ab-origine's avatar
This place looks truly wonderful! And it's nice to have a story behind the picture too! :)

If I may make a small suggestion though: have you tried seeing what it looks like cropped closer to the hut. The right side of the frame; although it looks pretty, does not contribute much to the photo. I think that if it were a tighter crop it would bring more immediate attention to your subject.
Manwathiell's avatar
You are very right in your observation. If you notice the date of the photo, this was taken years before I signed up to DA :nod:
Not that I am nothing more than a happy amateur right now, but then I really knew nothing, and nice shots were just luck :lol:

You are right.
Actually, I planned not long ago to go back to many of my old photos and modify them using my current knowledge (which is not much, but more than then and I owe that to all those that, like you, suggested something, taught me something, or made positive critiques).

I just modified the photo and I am adding it to my scraps for you.
Would love if you tell me what you think.

(I made a promise that my next upload would be a flower for a friend :lol: so that's the reason why I am uploading it to scraps ;)

Feel free to suggest, comment, place critiques... I love when my friends do that. And just for this comment, you have my watch :blowkiss:
Eancer's avatar
Me gustaria saber la historia completa de ese lugar...Muy...pasivo..
Manwathiell's avatar
Barra de Valizas is a small fishermen town in Uruguay, South America.

My husband and I have a hut there, and we go throughout the year for weekends or to spend 3-4 days. In January, we spend the whole month there.

The name Valizas comes from shrimp fishing. To fish shrimps, they use light (called "Valizas" in Spanish) and nets. The lights attrackt the shrimps and they get caught in the nets. Since the river was always full of "Valizas", the name came naturally.

Valizas has two very different areas separated by a main street of sand. Entering town to the left, the area of the "pretty" houses that belong to people that have more money (some even have huge mansions with swimming pools, they have their own horses, etc.) and to the left, the older area with less pretty houses.

Then there is a third area that is "the land of nobody".
This part reaches 300 meters from the coast (more or less 3 blocks).
That zone cannot be granted electricity because the floods are common, and there is no flowing water. People use wells and pails to pick water. At night, candles. Ice is used to keep food refrigerated.

Its really like camping in a hut.

We purchased a very old hut from a fisherman in June 1999 and we improved it working with our own hands. Year after year it got a bit more comfortable. And in January 2007 we finally got the water connection, which was a real blessing, because if it failed to rain, the wells got dry and even washing hands was a problem !

But the place is peaceful... paradise on earth.
I will be uploading many pictures from Valizas. Some will make you laugh, probably.

The whole story since 1999 is on pictures, and there is much to see.
How the coast changed, the floods, the houses at the shore being destroyed by the ocean... fishermen boats that sunk and were rescued... all in pictures. And I will be telling the story for each one.

Feel free to ask questions on any picture you see. I will be more than happy to answer!

Have a nice evening,
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