On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions.
From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
Continuation of our visit to Takwa Beach on Manda Island to observe a sea turtle hatch. I still don’t know how the farmers/ex-poachers knew exactly which day these guys would bust out…
The little guys spread out, seemingly oblivious to their nest mates…
Observing this turtle hatch was reassuring for me, because the hatchlings I observed in Todos Santos didn’t start swimming when they hit the water—those just got swept back up the beach in the swash. Easy pickings for the sea gulls. A bit traumatic for me even if it’s nature’s way. These guys hit the water & didn’t look back…
A cluster of turtle shells left behind in the nest.
After all the hatchlings made it to the sea, we turned to picking up trash on the beach washed in from wherever. Sadly. For those who travel, this is a much too common sight. Alas.
Another photo of the well at the farm as we (on far right of the photo) troop back to the mucky channel and our power skiffs. Tomorrow we fly back to Nairobi with a day set aside for our PCR tests, then back to Dubai and home. All in all a fascinating glimpse of a culture and a corner of the world that I knew northing about.
I love the 🐢
I don’t have to travel to see that all too common sight. All I have to do is walk to the top of my property and observe the trash that has been thrown out the windows of passing vehicles by lazy fucks who don’t think about anything but their own immediate gratification.
Sometimes I really hate people.
Thanks so much for this series, way2blue! I have especially enjoyed the stories of the baby sea turtles.
Isn’t that basically the ethos of this blog?
Love the little turtles. About five years ago I was walking on the beach in the early morning with my infant daughter in a sling and we stumbled upon a gigantic loggerhead sea turtle crawling back to the ocean after laying her eggs. She looked so tired and lethargic on the beach, but the second she hit the water, she was gone in a flash.
It was a magical experience.
Also: TURTLES!!! 🐢 😍
“From the exotic to the familiar” — something that hit me many years ago when I saw a picture of some “exotic” landscape in China: what’s exotic to me is familiar to and probably taken for granted by the people who live there, and vice versa. This series has reminded me of that feeling, and made me try to imagine myself as a person for whom these scenes and surroundings are familiar rather than exotic.
Thanks for the adventure.
Very cool, thanks for sharing.
Lucky! I’ve followed turtles while snorkling in Palawan. The slow whip of their flippers & the little white fish that hang with them—very cool.
Reminds me of Yvon Chouinard’s response when he learned that Harvard had given him a Humanitarian Award: ‘But I don’t like humanity… ‘
I love visiting offbeat places which are somewhat sheltered from tourism—with their traditional culture intact. The glimpses of other languages, foods, clothing… are always rewarding (and challenging).