04 October, 2009

Most Mornings, There's Lots to See

Most mornings, of course while conducting "walkies" with the girls, there's always a lot going on. I managed to stop and shoot several bits along the way. This is a compilation over two or three days of what we see most of the time while walking.

On the way into town, along the Northern Highway, which becomes Seventh Street while in town, there's a new piece of artwork being installed. I'm not exactly sure, but I think it's an ear of corn in a sugar pot. Anyway, an interesting piece to see being assembled. I suppose I could have asked the artist as he was assembling the installation, but that would have been too easy.
New Artwork in Town
Next along our usual route, we follow the waterfront into town. We marvel each morning at the view we are privileged to be able to see. We usually see at least a couple boats in various stages of being worked on.
The Corozal Boatyard
With the boats on the hard above, I just liked the way everything came together, the colors, lighting, etc. The boat on the left,  I had tried to get a shot of it under sail, but by the time Twyla and I got back to the waterfront from the market, they had lost wind and so motored in to the pier. That's the way it goes sometimes.

At least a couple of mornings each week, we come by just as the local fishermen are offloading their catch. This was one of those mornings. The long pole is used with the scale to weigh bags of fish. I couldn't catch them using the scale on this particular morning, and we couldn't wait forever. The girls do get a bit impatient if they sense that we're taking too long on non-pack business.

Unloading the Catch
More Unloading the Catch
After winding our way past the fishermen, and through the town square, where we always say hello to the ladies, who clean the park benches and walks each weekday morning, we come to the market. It's undergoing some major improvements, with the addition of this central stall structure going length-wise through the middle of the market. It'll be quite an improvement when it's done.

Here, workers are just finishing a new sidewalk on one side of the stalls. This should mark quite an improvement for the Corozal Market. We've always remarked at the markets at Orange Walk and San Ignacio as being very nice. This is definitely a step in the right direction.
New Sidewalk at the Market
On the way back from town, it was hard to miss them, but we managed to spot a group of vultures, fulfilling their mandate for roadside cleanup. They are so beautiful when in the air, hardly moving a muscle as they glide along the edge of the bay all day long. They're ugly as can be on ground.

For as big as they are, they're amazingly timid. It's very hard to get close enough to them for a decent photo.
The Road Crew At Work
Then, just when we were done shooting them, and turned onto Almond Drive from the highway, we noticed a bunch more of their compatriots, patiently awaiting their turn at the feast.
Waiting to Be Seated At the Roadside Diner
There had to have ben about thirteen or fourteen in the tree, with more in the trees across the highway, all waiting their turn to eat.

As Doug said - more or less, "Anytime you see a few vultures circling overhead, that's probably just a few of the whole number of vultures interested in the find."

And there you have it. We get home, usually drenched in sweat, just in time to have our own breakfast, and then get the day's activities started.


Wilma said...

Do you ever buy fresh fish from the morning catch?

Dave Rider said...

Hi Wilma,

I haven't yet, but I know lots of folks who have. The only way to get it fresher would be to catch it yourself.
One thing we've thought of doing, just haven't done it yet, is to select the fish we want on the way into town. Just like at the market, they have guys who will clean and fillet it). Go through the market, post office, etc., then swing back by the fishermen to pick it up.
Fish fry in the afternoon. Mmmmm.