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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Fishing for something






I've been fishing through photo albums for any photographs that I might have that could relate to the prompt this week, but without much success, which doesn't surprise me. I know my late father-in-law enjoyed fishing when staying at the simple beach house at Malua Bay on the NSW South Coast, which he built himself in the early 1960s, and which is still standing, now amongst a lot of much more recent and more permanent homes, but I don't have any photos of him fishing, and my own father was never a fisherman. Gardening was his recreational activity of choice, and the only fish we had were some goldfish in an ornamental rock pool in the back garden. I remember one unfortunate occasion when the pool had to be covered with netting after some large birds flew in and decimated the resident fish population.

This photograph in my mother's album was taken when Jean was about 10 and her mother Mona had taken her to visit Mona's sister Ruby and her family at Invercargill, down at the southern tip of the South Island of New Zealand.  A suited gentleman, who I think may have been Ruby's husband William Berry, appears to be using a line or rope, either to fish or to pull something out of the water, and the process is being keenly watched by half a dozen boys. No rod to be seen. The boy in the hat standing next to the gentleman looks like Will's son and Jean's cousin, Jack Berry.  This and the next two photographs appear on a page that Jean has captioned "Picnic at Invercargill".  In the background you can see what looks like a white tent, with possibly several more a little further away. Perhaps the boys were attending a camp or some similar event, especially as another boy is wearing what looks like a scout hat. My mother's older brother Ken might have been attending the camp, but but without the benefit of any further explanation from my late mother, I can really only guess at who is in the picture and what they were really doing. Taking the photograph from across the water enabled good reflections to be captured.



The next photograph shows Jean, Ruby (behind), Mona and Jack relaxing on the grass after their picnic. Will was probably the photographer.  Son Jack's full name was John Waldwyn Berry, He was aged 23 when he was killed when serving in Italy with the NZ forces in 1943. He and his older brother Doug were two of my mother's favourite cousins and I've previously written a little more about him here




In this photo Jack is surveying the rural scene, with the river and the tents or huts in the distance.  Another photo which I haven't included shows him attending to a boiling billy, no doubt so that the picnickers could enjoy a nice hot cuppa. Perhaps they had a bacon and egg pie for their lunch, as that was always one of Jean's favourites.


I remember taking out a fishing licence one summer when we were spending time at Hawks Nest NSW with the children, but our overall lack of success at catching anything did not encourage me to renew it the following year. Here in Victoria holders of Seniors Cards do not require licences, but despite hearing enthusiastic reports of where the fish are biting on the bay and elsewhere, every Saturday morning on my favourite radio station at around 6 a.m., I'm still not tempted!

Here is a collage of photos taken last evening near Dendy Beach, Port Phillip Bay. A lone fisherman had a couple of rods in place, but we didn't see him hauling in any fish.  We sat on the step of one of those bathing boxes to watch the sun set. I saw someone catch a sizable fish last Sunday over on the other side of the bay but didn't think to snap off a photo.



To see photos posted by others who have better lucking at fishing or perhaps entertaining tales of the ones that got away, just cast your line in at  Sepia Saturday #253

14 comments:

  1. Nice pix, but the one of the bathing boxes intrigues me. Are they privately (separately) owned, or are they part of a resort? I assume they're simply used to change clothes? Certainly colorful.

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    1. Yes, i think they are mostly privately owned and can cost upwards of $200 K to buy. They're often jointly owned by a number if local families, who then have the right to use them by day but not to sleep in overnight, and while I think they may have power they don't have plumbing, but the owners can base themselves there for a day at the beach. There are upwards of 1850 of them around the Bay and some are heritage listed, having been there since the 1850s. Strict guidelines apply to the designs that can be painted on them. Non-owners like us have to be content with admiring them and perhaps sitting on a step when they're unoccupied, which is most of the non-swimming season.

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  2. Even though your story is only a guess, it's a good guess with lots of clues in the photo. The reflection makes this photo especially interesting and beautiful.

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  3. Perhaps the suited gentleman is showing everyone how it's done with with just a line and by touch.

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  4. Jack looks like a movie star. And the photo of the four of them is great. My grandparent used to fish with any old string with a hook and bait attached lobbed over the side of their old boat. They almost always came home with something.

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  5. Perhaps the suited gentleman is showing off his innovative skills of fishing without a pole or rod. It is a neat picture.

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  6. I love the reflections in the first photo. The bathing boxes make a colorful photo subject.

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  7. It could be that they lowered the drinks into the water to keep them cool and now they are retrieving them. That's an old trick. Great photos,

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  8. Yes I found fishing for a story a bit of a challenge this week too but you've done well.

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  9. the first photo was intriguing, all the more so for having to make educated guesses. I don't know enough about fishing either to guess but I wondered if he's fishing for eels or something other than fish. Love the beautiful sunsets and beach scenes too...have the beach huts on my "to see" list.

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  10. Enjoyed your photos and, although I am fond of the sepia photos, those pictures in the collage at the end are so colorful. How lucky you are to have such a wonderful scenic view nearby.

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  11. Love the first photo even if it might not be of fishing, it's still intriguing and I love that whoever took the photo captured the reflection in the water.

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  12. Super wonderful first photo, you couldn't ask for a better reflection capture.

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  13. That first image is wonderul; what a great reflection.

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