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photoblog image Along the Hooghly

Along the Hooghly

The second in a series of photos depicting life along the Hooghly River. In this particular one you can see a man who has been bathing wringing out a cloth in front of a row of boats. During my boat ride from Dakshineswar to the Belur Math I saw numerous fishing and transport boats like these, many of which did not look very sea-worthy at all.

The Hooghly River is the major waterway for West Bengal in general and Kolkata in particular. It serves as a industrial waterway, it was one of the chief reasons the British settled in Kolkata, and it provided the means by which the East India Company sailed into Kolkata. But the Hooghly also has spiritual significance for West Bengal, particularly as it is an offshoot of the Ganges.

Another interesting fact about the Hooghly is that it produces a true "tidal bore", the phenomenon where the incoming tide generates a wave that sweeps upstream against the current. Such bores are very turbulent and can be quite dangerous. In the case of the Hooghly the wave typically exceeds 7 feet in height.

Along the Hooghly

The second in a series of photos depicting life along the Hooghly River. In this particular one you can see a man who has been bathing wringing out a cloth in front of a row of boats. During my boat ride from Dakshineswar to the Belur Math I saw numerous fishing and transport boats like these, many of which did not look very sea-worthy at all.

The Hooghly River is the major waterway for West Bengal in general and Kolkata in particular. It serves as a industrial waterway, it was one of the chief reasons the British settled in Kolkata, and it provided the means by which the East India Company sailed into Kolkata. But the Hooghly also has spiritual significance for West Bengal, particularly as it is an offshoot of the Ganges.

Another interesting fact about the Hooghly is that it produces a true "tidal bore", the phenomenon where the incoming tide generates a wave that sweeps upstream against the current. Such bores are very turbulent and can be quite dangerous. In the case of the Hooghly the wave typically exceeds 7 feet in height.

comments (27)

very interesting Charles, so they got dig tidal range I assume.
the colours in these photos are supperb as to the composition
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 28 Jan 2010, 01:09
Letter box crop highlights the bow of the boats beautifully
  • Ajay
  • India
  • 28 Jan 2010, 01:54
Superb panoramic view and I simply love the way you have framed this shot with boats in view.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 28 Jan 2010, 02:39
that's a nice slice of life you captured here.. very nice shot.. smile
Good morning our afternoon Charles,the boats in the back ground look very interesting,and the shore looks as if there is lots of dangeris things laying around,so you would have to watch were you walked dont you think,but these people are just doing what comes natualy to them,great shot.
Charles Dastodd: the Hooghly contains so much waste and debris it is hard to believe, Cheryl.
  • Santi
  • United States
  • 28 Jan 2010, 03:32
Great capture... again.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 28 Jan 2010, 03:34
Like the soft feel...looks like a dream.
It is also nice we get such a panoramic view.
I feel like I am on a boat cruising along the river.
  • Will
  • Japan
  • 28 Jan 2010, 04:24
Nice panoramic shot, I like to see images of people going about their daily lives and your shots show me a part of the world I haven't yet been too, so glad I stumbled upon your site.
  • tede
  • France
  • 28 Jan 2010, 06:29
Hello, very nice picture frame and superb, this man alone who does his laundry is quite surprising for us Westerners. In France we have a river during a tidal wave that goes back against the current. Good day.
  • Rod Hinchco
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • 28 Jan 2010, 06:41
This is superb...you and Zed manage somehow to make things multi-dimensional. I almost think I'm there....but maybe I have been
Wow...lovely light, color and frame!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Jan 2010, 07:38
Atidal bore eh? We have one of those on the nearby Severn
Charles Dastodd: really? it was a totally new phenomenon to me. apparently it doesn't happen in too many places around the world.
An interesting perspective! With the tips of the boats! Belle composition served by a light sublime!
I really like your crop here. Wonderful tones!
Again, a good crop to panoramic size
  • Tinuke
  • Nigeria
  • 28 Jan 2010, 08:30
I like! Good capture
Scenes that I wouldn't normally see...Nice pano' Charles.
Great capture during, I suppose, a great travel.
I would imagine the tidal bore is a sight to be seen, nice shot.
Charles Dastodd: i would think so too! I am hoping to make a trip back and if I do it is like to be near the end of monsoon season so I will make a point to see one if I can smile
  • Lili
  • France
  • 28 Jan 2010, 14:27
I like softness from your photo.
Great capture
  • sherri
  • Germany
  • 28 Jan 2010, 15:54
It looks like such a difficult life. A sad image.
I like the wide format that you have given this Charles, it makes the character and what he is doing more interesting.
This series is developing very nicely ... your added blurb makes a good companion to the images.

richard
Superb picture Charles
Nice shot Charles, that hook thing looks a bit evil.
Another fine shot with warm tones and subject placed perfectly. Like your choice of of pano format Charles

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