Travel Theme: I’m a minimalist at the beach.

Most of the time I’m a really sociable person, but when I go to the beach, I do love somewhere quiet and uncluttered. A few bicycles are just fine, as long as their riders are nowhere to be seen.

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Ah yes, this is just perfect……..one dead tree and no live people!

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I’m quite willing to share my paddling space with one gull, but that’s about as generous as I get.

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Of course, one must always be prepared for an unexpected interruption of such paradisical minimalism. A jogger might suddenly appear, whilst at the same time, a head pops up for air from the hitherto unpopulated sand.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my minimalist beach pics for Ailsa’s Travel Theme.

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WPC: A derelict object on the beach

My ‘Object’ for this week’s photo challenge, is an derelict old dugout which I saw on the beach in San Pedro, Belize. It had no plaque on it to tell me how old it was, or anything of its history, so I did a bit of research, and found that Ambergris Caye once had a thriving Maya community, and served as a trans-shipment point on the canoe route connecting the Maya and the non-Maya world. Large ocean-going dugouts made from hollowed out tree trunks, were crafted there, and used to transport salt, pottery, dried fish, sea shells and textiles here, from the northern Yucatan. These commodities were then off-loaded and taken inland in smaller canoes, probably like the one in my photo, down the shallow and quite narrow rivers and streams, to the communities in the highlands. These goods were exchanged for such things asĀ  jade, furs, feathers and a variety of forest products, which were brought back to San Pedro for further transport to other coastal zones. I doubt that this canoe dates back to the Maya, but it does look really old. You can click on the image to enlarge.

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