An Intha fisherman rows across Inle Lake, Burma silhouetted against the soft colors of sunset.

Intha fishermen have a peculiar one-legged rowing style that to my eyes appears ponderous yet it is very efficient when done by these experts.

People living on Inle Lake have created stilt villages above the waters where local transportation is via dugout boats. In addition to fishing, ingenious floating gardens anchored by bamboo poles surround the tiny watery villages. In my eyes, these gardens were veritable works of art.

The round fish trap encircling the fisherman is placed on the shallow bottom of Inle Lake in order to trap fish. Then the fisherman uses a forked tool to impale any fish unlucky enough to be trapped in the bamboo fish trap.

This was a highlight of my journey through Burma, a few minutes of sublime happiness spent with a fisherman, the lake and a camera.

Inle Lake, Burma (Myanmar), SE Asia

March 5, 2010

Canon 50D, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L lens, Program mode, shutter 1/125, f/4.5, ISO 100, focal length 100mm

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  • JackieSmith
    JackieSmithover 4 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Jackie, thank you very much!

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  • Gary Lengyel
    Gary Lengyelover 4 years ago


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  • Babcia
    Babciaover 4 years ago

    Great shot!

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  • walraji
    walrajiover 4 years ago

    Simply fantastic.

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  • Richard Williams
    Richard Williamsover 4 years ago

    excellent shot!

  • Thanks a bundle…so glad you like this one!

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  • Ken Thomas Photography
    Ken Thomas Pho...over 4 years ago

    Brilliant capture!!

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    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Sorry for my tardy reply. Thanks so much!!!

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  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...over 4 years ago

    fantastic shot

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  • Brian Carey
    Brian Careyover 4 years ago

    Lovely shot!

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  • Lyn  Thomsen
    Lyn Thomsenover 4 years ago

    Another fabulous image, great capture.

  • Lyn, thank you for your kind comments!

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