One of the benefits of a trip to China is the opportunity to see how so many activities are done differently. Religion, cuisine and many customs are new and different to visiting Americans. One activity that caught my eye was fishing. Seeing the nets used from the shoreline or from a small handmade craft made me think of man’s legacy with fishing. Fishing has been practiced this way for centuries. Who would suspect these photographs were taken in 2005?
This first photograph was taken one warm and humid July evening in Yichang, a city of 1.3 million people along the Yangtze River. During our week on the Yangtze, the river was uniformly brown, spoiling my vision for the look I had hoped for my photographs of the Three Gorges. My family was amazed by the size of the man’s net.
In Guilin, much further south in China, the Li River promised more great photo opportunities. Guilin is particularly scenic because of the limestone peaks covered with greenery that create dramatic backdrops to views of the river and the rice fields. At the end of our day cruise in Guilin, I spotted these fisherman coming in with their raft and pole. Barely visible in the distant background are two more such rafts with fishermen, chasing their catch with nets on poles. If I have the opportunity to return to Guilin, I will make myself wake up early before dawn to photograph the fishermen who use cormorants to fish; the cormorants (long-necked birds) catch the fish, and the fishermen remove the fish before the bird swallows it, as I understand it.