You know you’re in trouble when you throw the duck some lunch and it lands in the sea. The Muscovy duck doesn’t like to share. Smack was in there straight away. Ah well. Win some and loose some.
WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.
This week’s challenge, share a photo of liquid in whatever state, shape, or color you happen to capture it in.
The Pacific Ocean is a vast moody expanse of water. I love the textures, patterns and colours of the water that I see as I travel the lagoons of Tahiti and her sister islands.
Our daughter Vickey arrived in Tahiti on the Hawaiian airline flight. She had one thing in mind for her holiday relaxation… Surfing.
So we left the Papeete marina and motor sailed down to Vairao on Tahiti Iti where the serious surfers hang out.
It didn’t take long for Vickey to meet up with old surf friends and make new ones.
Whilst Vickey is out surfing, John takes his bicycle to the dock. Water provides our link to the land.
With the family off sporting, I enjoy capturing pictures of the water around me.
Opening events with pomp and ceremony are part of the role you play as the President of French Polynesia.
You arrive as the President: the Country’s major VIP. You and your entourage are welcomed. The traditional greetings continue as you are escorted along the route to the stage, where you will say a few words. No one wants long speeches.
A bit like the shock of the unknown in a ghost train, serious women in bright clothing spring out in front of you. They chant and sing. A man throws baby powder into the air.
It’s all too much. You try to suppress your amusement. Your shoulders start to shake. You give up and burst into laughter, singing along with the women.
You recompose yourself in time to cut the tape of tiare flowers.
This is a happy occasion and everyone is relaxed.
The event from the 3rd to 6th May in the Place To’ata, Papeete, Tahiti is the:
Fenua means land. There are over 90 stalls set up with people selling locally made French Polynesian products.
There’s a 4 day programme of Music, dance, comedy and song all performed on the small stage.
With glorious weather, the event is popular keeping the traders busy.
The temporary stalls took a week to erect by strong Tahitian men.
This time next week, the venue will be ready to host a different event.
WordPress weekly photo-challenge
As you look through your lens this week, pay attention to lines.
The word Lines holds so many meanings. It even evokes memories from my schooling so long ago.
Write twenty lines said the French school teacher. “The capital of France is Paris not the School Rugby pitch”. And stop looking out of the window.
Now, if the French teacher had said “You will need to learn French because one day you will live on a yacht in French Polynesia” my attention would have snapped back to the classroom, in an instant. My French never did improve.
So here I am attached to a mooring buoy looking through my camera lens at lines.
Lines are everywhere on yachts. Something has to hold the mast up. It’s known as the rigging.
Using a line, you can drop the hook or pick up a mooring ball in exotic locations and be at one with nature.
Colour changes depict the depth contour lines in the lagoon.
And then there’s the line of breaking surf over the reef.
Natural lines. Where sea meets sand, coconut trees, sky and clouds.
The clouds form lines.
Note the rugged outline of the island terrain forming lines in the sky.
When you look around, you find lines everywhere.
Honest hard working people are angry in French Polynesia. First they had a protest march through Papeete. Now they are out on strike in true Tahitian style.
Why? Well the government has upped the pension age and reduced the pension. I empathise as I have to wait 6 years longer to get my UK pension.
Most of the striking workers enjoyed sitting in the sunshine snacking on food from one of the many Takeaways.
The police were out in force. They had some traffic control duties but the roads were quiet. Most people chose to stay away, were on strike or both.
Many of the potential trouble makers opted for a beer in the shade whilst discussing their predicament.
I hope the situation will be resolved soon but with two determined bodies of people, this could go on for a while.
On Thursday, we entered the Vaiare pass, dodged the ferry and joined a couple of other yachts in the anchorage area inside the lagoon.
We are quite close to the Sofitel . The hotel prices are horrendous. The beautiful public Temae beach extends way past the hotel grounds.
Sofitel bungalows extending out over the reef.
Near the hotel inside the lagoon is a large coral garden. It is protected by the PGEM (Le Plan de Gestation de l’Espace Maritime) The area’s gorgeous to bimble around with a mask and snorkel.
Hanging up the suit to dry after a long snorkel through the coral gardens.
Sunday morning was so relaxing. Sunny weather and crystal clear water.
More boats arrived. Locals and visitors took to the water and had fun.
Fun and laughter from the kids on the nearby yachts. Even an Eagle ray swimming past.
Kind friends had been to the supermarket in their dinghy and bought over a couple of baguettes, marvellous people.
I doubt there will be many days so perfect as this.
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