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After high tide - Entrance to Coco Beach Village - no longer serviceable...

After high tide – Entrance to Coco Beach Village – no longer serviceable…

El Matal Ecuador – Dec 26, 2014

When living on the front line of a beach threatened by spring tides, most people stay home during that critical high-tide hour to be sure there is no threat of flooding.  The high tides usually arrive with the new or full moon and hang around for a few days.   The first high tide of each month usually arrives in the pre-dawn hours and then at sunset; it arrives a bit later each day.  When staying at my friends’ home, I usually start peering outside around 4:30 in the morning.  By 5:30 I am able photograph what’s happening at sea level.

Dec 25, 2014 "Buenos Dias" -  5:58 in the morning!

Dec 26, 2014 “Buenos Dias” – 5:58 in the morning!

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6:11 a.m. Dec. 26 2014

While working on a holiday art project,  my friends and I kept a close eye on the waves.  On the second day of painting, I took a low-tide break and walked to the center area of El Matal.  Life goes on, and the spirit of the fishermen remains strong.  I was told, however, that “the people of El Matal are scared.”

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The contours of the beach have changed, and the fishermen have a very steep slope for launching the boats and bringing them home.  Much of the beach will be lined with rocks, so many of the boats are now anchored when they return home with the catch.

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The boat almost flipped backwards during the first seconds of launch.

The boat almost flipped backwards during the first seconds of launch.

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Chunks of the old asphalt road continue to crumble with each tide .

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The new boulders helped some of the businesses reclaim the lost areas. I was pleased to see Victor’s restaurant crowded with people!

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It’s always fun to interact with the locals…

Uh-oh - flat tire!  But that means he can practice driving the tractor!

Uh-oh – flat tire! But that means he can practice driving the tractor!

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Many of the children are quite responsible!

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Mateas enjoyed the gringa’s attention!

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There’s always a relaxed vibe at El Matal.

Meanwhile the ocean rests and practices hurling waves at low tide.

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Back at my friends’ home, we worked on art projects while keeping an eye on the waves.  At 8 this morning, the waves look quite impressive as they approach high-tide status.  It’s time to publish this and reach for my camera!

December 26 Sunset

December 26 Sunset

Have a good day, everyone!

 

 

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