Finally we did it! After years of missing this attempt at noon on Duanwu Festival aka Dragon Boat aka Dumpling Festival this is the first time we actually remembered and got not one but all three raw eggs to stand. As usual I had the G11 handy to capture this unscientific phenomenon whose legend has survived generations. If you’re skeptical and try to see if props had been used to make the eggs stand, don’t bother — these photos are as raw as the eggs themselves. We left the eggs to stand at the open patio to fetch the kids from school, the entire time uncertain if the breeze would push them over. When we returned, Jamie and Jewel were surprised to see all three still standing.
By about 9.30am the morning had sprung to life with gorgeous weather that inspired me to go for a swim. It didn’t take me much deliberation to decide that the swimming pool was my immediate destination to check-in on Gowalla. Although I wasn’t pleased that the pool is closed for maintenance without notification, I was determined to enjoy a productive morning instead of a disappointing trip home.
After a pit stop at Soi Heng coffee shop for my favourite fried Kway Teow I still refused to head home and spur of the moment decided I’m going to get some sun regardless. Other than the pesky sand-flies, the beach has never disappointed me and with my G11 in hand and a little bit of luck, I brought home some incredible moments.
[ Images above from May 2008 post: Beach Crabs They're No Hermits ]
[ Image below from December 2008 post: Horn-eyed crab foams at the mouth ]
These images were taken in the evening of June 16 when the Chinese community in Seria and Kuala Belait celebrated Dumpling Festival. Unlike other cultures in Asia such as Hong Kong where dragon boat races are held to mark this day, we just enjoy hanging out at the beach and what we lack in terms of meaningful event to celebrate, we make up in large numbers of people just indulging in spectator sports. So this year, no pictures of the crowded beach but instead a small selection of off-the-cuff moment including this one below where Azri went chest deep into the sea in order to get a good vantage point of the sunset and rainbow. Looking at the scene through the viewfinder, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of opportunity, risk, uncertainty, bravery and determination. This spells PATIENCE for a photographer determined to get the shot—what is a state of mind is now also a piece of art :-)
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That same evening, there was as much drama above as there were below. Rain, rain clouds and “ray of light” phenomenon aren’t exactly the sort of things you catch everyday (not even if you live right next to the beach and keeping your fingers crossed all year long. The beach is one heck of a vantage point when it comes to natural drama such as this lighting Bokeh I recently caught while photographing kayaks.