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Welcome to the Asmat - part 1

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 30 April 2012 in Transportation and Portfolio.

Asmat war canoes welcome our arrival on the river off Syuru Village. Just as they were crossing the wide channel to greet us, this ferry came steaming by. Talk about bad timing!

There was a moment of concern when one of the canoes stopped in mid channel. The occupant raised his arm and palm in a “stop” signal in front of the oncoming vessel. Not likely – this is the Bali Ferry – which takes two long weeks to arrive in the Asmat.

We could hear the war cries of the Asmat warriors while they still had their boats hidden in the mangroves waiting to ‘ambush’ us.

There were over 60 canoes. They all managed to regroup after the ferry passed; and soon the speedy fleet had encircled the Orion. Just as well they were friendly!

NIKON D5000 1/400 second F/8.0 ISO 400 40 mm

arvin from sari, Iran

Nice ..

30 Apr 2012 5:13am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Absolutely wonderful and the small canoes are quite tribal looking, beautiful !~

30 Apr 2012 5:16am

@Phil Morris: Thanks, Phil. With these canoes, you will really sense the tribal aspect in my next few posts!

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Wow this looks to have been quite a sight, one that would stay in your memory for ever

30 Apr 2012 6:40am

Victoria from Sweden

Very nice photo!

30 Apr 2012 7:23am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That is apparently not a cruiser, which are the most expensive tickets. An interesting view.

30 Apr 2012 7:27am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Hah-there you are, perfect location, waiting patiently, here they come, and Captain Cod steams into the middle-aian't life a bitch!

30 Apr 2012 7:40am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

would love to have been there

30 Apr 2012 8:42am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

nice quality and beauty view are fantastic
excellent composition of these small boats ans this great ship
well done

30 Apr 2012 9:05am

Hamid from Tehran, Iran

Nice place and nice shot :)

30 Apr 2012 9:06am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I agree with Nigel, this is the sort of scene we only see in TV documentaries.

30 Apr 2012 9:07am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quelle vue et contraste entre les fifférentes en,barcations sueprbe.
Belle journée

30 Apr 2012 10:31am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Interesting compo with the 3 different sorts of boat. Vegetation on the distance seems to be luxuriant.
Hope to see the warriors and their canoes closely... :-)

30 Apr 2012 10:44am

@Evelyne Dubos: Thanks, Evelyne. Yes - some close-up shots in my next few posts!

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A marvelous capture of the boat with the small canoes. The people on the canoes look very intresting and tribal.... must have been exciting to view.

30 Apr 2012 10:46am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

All kinds of worlds and life styles seem to come together in this óne shot..beautiful!

30 Apr 2012 10:57am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, what a great story to go along with this, shot, Stephen! I think I'd be grateful for the ferry if I saw all these canoes crossing toward the cruise ship and didn't know what was going on. :-))

30 Apr 2012 10:58am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A wonderful photo !

30 Apr 2012 11:13am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Very courageous trying to stop a ferry while sitting in a canoe :)) Love the story and the photo!

30 Apr 2012 11:57am

Z from Shanghai, China

There are lots of interesting stuff that seem not be often to be seen in one image - but here they are!

30 Apr 2012 12:31pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

great ! a real enjoyment looking at this scene .

30 Apr 2012 1:57pm

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

fantastic capture! the contrast between size and make are amazing between the "2 boats"! I am also attracted to the 'tribal' (to quote Phil Morris) feel of this photo, can't wait for the next post! :)

30 Apr 2012 2:04pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Un géant entouré par une horde de lilliputiens! Comme dans un conte marin...
Bon début de semaine lumineuse et chal-heureuse!

30 Apr 2012 2:18pm

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Great angle for this nice capture

30 Apr 2012 2:24pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Great capture.

30 Apr 2012 2:58pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superb all these canoes coming to wish you welcome, magnificent image. Good day.

30 Apr 2012 3:02pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

What an amazing confluence of image ingredients! A good story in the telling, too. Right away I was thinking "can't wait to see these canoes up close!"

30 Apr 2012 3:31pm

tataray from france, France

Magnifique.... j'aime ici la capture et la vue des dimensions en contraste.))

30 Apr 2012 4:41pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

gute Szene mit diesen unterschiedlichen Booten. Gute Info.

30 Apr 2012 4:43pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It's good the natives were friendly since their canoes are probably much more maneuverable than your ship in these waters. A great shot with that ferry plowing through the scene.

30 Apr 2012 5:14pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great capture. So beautiful, these canoes coming to welcome you. And a nice story. Love it. :)

30 Apr 2012 5:26pm

Sterre from Utrecht, Netherlands

Beautiful scene from the encirclement of the small boats.
This will always remain in your memory.

30 Apr 2012 5:28pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The reception of the great ship ... that the boats are small next to him ... Great image my friend!
Best regards, Adela

30 Apr 2012 6:14pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Fascinating. Back to an earlier time...if not for the ferry. :-)

30 Apr 2012 6:15pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

This ferry really helps give a great sense of scale here! Beautiful colors throughout and nice textures on the water's surface.

30 Apr 2012 6:29pm

amir from mashhad, Iran

modern and beautiful ship and jet ski and water !!!!!!!!!!!

30 Apr 2012 6:45pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very interesting welcome with the war canoes and pertinent to the surroundings, what a treat ~ fantastic capture!

30 Apr 2012 7:13pm

franz from Baden, Austria

how cool is this ?!? it's like going back in time, to captain cook and his encounters with the 'natives' ... except for the ferry, of course ... ;-))

30 Apr 2012 7:46pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

Indeed, talk about bad timing, eh?! ;)
There's also a speed boat!
Now, what were they doing there?

30 Apr 2012 8:27pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Amazing! I cannot imagine what it would have been like to have been confronted with 60 canoes! Great shot!

30 Apr 2012 8:49pm

Rafael from North Miami, United States

Nice clear shot, good job.

30 Apr 2012 10:47pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Definitely bad timing Stephen! Super colours here! ;-)

30 Apr 2012 11:38pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


1 May 2012 12:21am

Dave from Southbridge, United States

Awsome shot very clear

1 May 2012 4:25am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Sounds very interesting.. something I would like to witness :)

1 May 2012 8:07am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

'war canoes' ?! . . I thought this had all settled down, now . .

1 May 2012 10:07am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I will not follow this beautiful story to the end Stephen because I'm away from Sunday for a fortnight. Yet this journey seems interesting and very successful through the first images that I discovered

2 May 2012 5:32am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Interesting info....great view.

2 May 2012 6:22am

JMS* from Chonburi, Thailand

Une série qui s'annonce très intéressante.

3 May 2012 7:19am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

This is starting to look like an interesting series.

3 May 2012 9:37pm

1/400 second
ISO 400
40 mm