The Sand Finger
Jordan Tegabwasa
Age Group:
Over 18s
Papua New Guinea
People And The Oceans
Camera Used:
DJI Phantom 3 Professional Drone
Image caption:

Many years ago this part for the shoreline was large enough to moor many traditional vessels. Today with the rising sea level the once great expanse of sand has been reduced to a single sand finger but yet maintains its original purpose. The sheltering of outrigger sailing canoes and dinghies are still the primary function of this piece of sand along the East Cape shoreline. As a child growing up, I found the warm soft sand of this beach to be a welcome relief for my feet. I would literally jump out of the dinghy as we neared the sand. This place has integral importance to the locals that populate the nearby islands. It is a vital stop for resupply and rest while waiting for inclement weather between the islands and the mainland to ease. It is a communal place, a place of trade, a place where dried tobacco leaves are always welcome. In the night, warm fires flicker along the shoreline as dinghy operators roast yams and fish along the 'Sand Finger'. This is paradise.

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