Small Splashes in Egypt: Lens Artist Challenge


© irene waters 2018

Sunset on the Nile with oar splash


© irene waters 2018

I was so busy photographing the African Queen with her small amount of splash that I did not realise that it was about to collide, sending us into the air whilst those on the other side of the boat went closer to the water. The impact sent Roger’s hat into the water but it was promptly rescued by a boy who had wagged school to sing songs for the tourists in the hope that one will give him some money.


© irene waters 2018


© irene waters 2018

Look closely and you’ll see the boys having fun on the Nile beach splashing each other as children the world over enjoy doing.


© irene waters 2018

The pirates of the Nile hang around the locks and latch onto the sides of the ship. If you make eye contact you will have goods thrown up for you to purchase. Their oars make a splash as do much of the produce as it is returned often landing with a splash in the Nile.


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The vessels all have water draining from the back – hitting with a splash.  I presume that they circulate water to cool the motors. I refuse to think it is anything else.


© irene waters 2018

Entering the lock the waters churn creating splashes. I worried for the lone pirate but I need not have – he made it safely out the other side.

For Lens artists Challenge No 21 with a prompt from Patti.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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14 Responses to Small Splashes in Egypt: Lens Artist Challenge

  1. What an interesting set of photos you posted, Irene. I really appreciate the commentary as it lends so much cultural significance to what I would never be able to guess. Pirates – is that your label or how they’re known? My favorite is the one of the expanse of sand broken by the trees – seems other-worldly. I hope we get to see lots more of your Egypt trip.

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    • Pirates were what the crew warned us of and the name they used. They didn’t seem as dangerous as I imagine real pirates to be but they certainly sidled up alongside and attached with ropes. They didn’t however attempt to board but they certainly attemped to rid the passengers of all the cash they had. I like that one also. I took a lot of life along the Nile as that is the part of travelling I enjoy most – seeing how people live. I didn’t get to speak to any as we were on the boat but I got oodles of pictures.You do feel though in most instances that when you do get to speak to people you often get what they expect you want to see and it becomes somewhat false so this was like staring in through a keyhole.

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  2. Annecdotist says:

    Lovely photos, Irene, especially the one of the blue bold taken from above. In the circumstances, glad you got back safely!

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  3. Tina Schell says:

    I agree w Sharon and wondered the same thing! Loved the sand shot

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  4. These are lovely photographs, Irene. Lovely to see you back on line.

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  5. Perpetua says:

    What an exciting expedition.

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    I love seeing Egypt through your lens, Irene.

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