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Ream Fisherfolk

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Our trip through the river and estuary of the park provided us with the opportunity to observe the fisher families at work. Once numbering in the hundreds, a sturdy few chose to remain when the area was declared a national park. They lead simple unhurried lives, living off whatever the sea and forest provide. Not the easiest of lives for sure, but whenever we came upon a family or group, we were treated to a friendly smile or wave. For me, this was the highlight of the trip out to Sihanoukville.

This set of images is dedicated to Chris – brother, fellow traveler and partner-in-crime. I look forward to our next adventure!

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January 23, 2011 at 12:16 am

Rugged Beauty

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Some images of the rugged beauty of the Preah Nihanouk “Ream” National Park. Very much unspoiled by the onslaught of modernization, the park is an amazing combination of tropical rainforest, mangrove swamp and tideland.

Off To Work

 

Sentinel

 

Clouds

 

 

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January 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Storks and Stork-Bill

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I finally got around to processing the rest of the images from my trip to Cambodia last year. These two images were made at the Preah Sihanouk or Ream National Park, on the outskirts of Sihanoukville.

This first image is of a pair of Lesser Adjutant Storks, wading and feeding in the mud of the mangrove swamp (which covers a great deal of the park). These are not small birds. They’re about 4 feet (~1.2 m) tall, with wingspans of 6 to 7 feet (1.8 to 2.1 m).

Lesser Adjutant Storks

 

This second image is of a Stork-Billed Kingfisher. About a foot (~30 cm) tall, this noisy bird has spectacularly-colored plumage and coloring. This one was sitting at the top of a (fish) net stake. It was…well…fishing.

Stork-Billed Kingfisher

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January 7, 2011 at 1:24 am

Ream Fisher Family

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It all started off innocently with the purchase of a travel magazine; my weakness is the-path-less-traveled feature, particularly if it involves a coastal destination. One thing led to another and two months after that fateful day, I found myself in Sihanoukville (Cambodia), on the Gulf of Thailand. I made this image at the Ream National Park, on the outskirts of Sihanoukville. At the time that the area was designated a national park (some 17 years ago), several hundred fisher families called the river and estuary home. Today, a sturdy few remain, surviving on whatever the sea and land provide. In a country barely starting to recover from the devastation of the Khmer Rouge, life is, needless to say, a struggle. Yet wherever we went, this was typical of the kind of welcome that we received.

Ream National Park, Kompong Som Province, Kingdom of Cambodia.

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August 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

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