Myanmar (Burma)

On Inle

Inle (the word means small lake) in the Shan State, in North Eastern Myanmar, is famous for its fishermen, clear waters, and blue skies.

And after the thrill of crossing the lake by ferry the day before, I was happy to be on it again.

As we motored from the canal on to the the lake we were greeted by the gentleman below. He, and others like him, pose for tourists.

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Fisherman

The lake is a shallow basin, two to three metres deep in the middle and only about a metre deep near the shore and in the canals. The depth varies according to the season and the amount of rain the monsoon brings.

The fishermen are known for their upright rowing technique which was developed to enable them to see over the reeds that surround the lake.

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Rowing

We were on the lake early, before the morning mists had lifted.

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Monastery in the mist

But the fishermen had been out for hours.

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Fishing

As the mist lifted, the blues deepened along with the shadows.

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Poised for action

The men made it look easy, however they fish for hours to provide for their families.

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Where are those fish?

The lake is vital to the economy of each of the nearby villages. Even the weed is harvested. It’s used as a base for the hundreds of floating gardens on the lake.

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Harvesting lake weed

The Inle eco system is fragile and threatened by rapid growth in tourism, the commercial floating gardens, as well as a growing  population. Due to nitrate levels and other pollutants and despite its clarity, the water isn’t safe to drink.

The good news is that a proposal has been developed to rehabilitate the lake by 2025.

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  1. Enjoyed this post and your work has a nat geo feel Jill! The first, second and fourth photos especially felt like I was seeing them in a professional magazine – but artistically they were fun – the leg around they oar – the star shape of the posing guy and so many tasty things – it really is a good thing you got into photography because you show us parts of the world many of us never would see –

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