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.
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.”
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.
It’s always fun to interact with the locals…
Meanwhile the ocean rests and practices hurling waves at low tide.
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!
Have a good day, everyone!