Photographer's Note

July 2010, I was on a full day boat trip around the Andaman Sea, visiting Phi Phi Leh, Maya Bay, Bamboo Island, and Monkey Island. The highly salty water is as clean and pristine as one would hope Paradise would also feature. I went swimming, gorging on spicy Thai food, and shooting photos at abandon.

The scene is Maya Bay on the Thai Island of Phi Phi Leh, a veritable Suburb of Paradise. What is ironic is that just 12 years ago Phuket was rendered into a suburb of hell by the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. The unimaginably beautiful scenery served as the location for the 2000 Leonardo di Caprio film, “The Beach.”

The photo shows visitors from Phuket climbing out of a high-powered boat. Each of the five outboard-engines was rated as 250 HP, for a total of 1250 HP for this boat. Thai boat owners appear to have a fixation on high powered boats, considering how many other boats with similar engines on display.

Postscript. I posted this photo from my laptop where I don't have Photoshop. I apologize for not leveling the water by 0.1° counterclockwise first. The photo is infinitely improved by making that small rotational adjustment, and also by amputating the arm of the hapless fellow on the far left.

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