Life and Photos by Andy


This panoramic was taken by my brother, upon reaching the top of High Dune in The Great Sand Dunes National Park. I feel like I was surveying the country side.

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Weekend Wanderings – Jetty at Clifton Springs


Last weekend when we were at Ocean Grove we went over to Clifton Springs near Drysdale to look at what was left of an old jetty.

LeanneCole-4209We went at the wrong time of the day, midday, but we initially wanted to check out what it looked like and if it would be worth coming back to early the next morning.  Also, we wanted to find it so when we went back we didn’t want to lose time trying to find out where it was.

LeanneCole-4211We didn’t just look and go though, we had a walk around, took some photos.  I got so many new textures from this area of beach.  Every time I thought I had enough, I would see more.  We also saw some of the biggest dead jellyfish I have ever seen.

The image above is interesting.  These rocks looked natural, but they are covered in some thick…

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Traditional Duck Farming of Kerala

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If you visit Kuttanad, Kerala at a certain time of year, you are able to hear on the rice fields a noise one might not expect, the quacking of ducks. It is not the sound of a few ducks, but the sound of thousands. In Kuttanad when the harvest season is finished duck farmers move in, and take their flocks through the pre-designated rice fields for feeding.

Aby, a 38-year old duck farmer calculates that his 10,000 ducklings are worth around Rs. 24 lakh. According to him, if the ducks survive through the period, one can save up to Rs. 5 lakh a season, despite expenses for medicine and daily wages for his helpers.

This is a livelihood for many of the farmers, but their process differs greatly from many of the commercial duck farmers you will see in the United States. Some US duck farms can process up to…

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