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.”