Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Okukubi River Ecotour: Travel Photo Thursday

Here is a photo I had plenty of time to compose.  I was standing on the bridge crossing the Okukubi River. The kayakers, on an ecotour paddled towards me from the opposite direction.  They would pass directly under me to get to the mangroves the tour guide was taking them to see.

As they approached, I pointed at my camera and flipped them the OK sign. That's kind of my informal way of asking, "Mind if I take your picture?"  They flipped the OK sign back at me, smiled, and nodded in the affirmative.

That's great but, I didn't want photos of a buncha giggling tourists paddling boats and flipping me the peace sign so, I waited for them to pass under the bridge and start acting naturally.

Ecotourism can be a good thing, I think.  It's an industry that can educate people, bring them closer to nature and help the economy in places where there is no real economy to speak of. 

Some folks in the travel industry use the buzz word "Ecotourism" to fill up their bank accounts, pollute remote corners of the earth and destroy or disturb nature and wildlife.  That's a bad thing.

The Okukubi River is in my hometown Kin Cho Kin Okinawa, Japan.  You can get a free tour of the area. I'll take you there. We can stand on the bridge exactly where I was when I took this photo and shoot some more.  All I ask in return is a small favor.

If we see any Ecotourists acting irresponsibly would you mind helping me flip them some birds ?

This is my weekly contribution for Budget Travelers Sandbox TRAVEL PHOTO THURSDAY

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