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Erosion & Pollution

Erosion &  Pollution
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-16
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 10 -20 mm
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-31 2:59
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Erosion and Pollution in Kuala Perlis, Malaysia.
This stretch of road along the coast is indeed beautiful. But as times grows, there are elements of pollution and erosion.
As for the photo, i can crop and hide the dark side of the shot but I prefer not as it depicts of some reality.

MOST people who want to go to Kuala Perlis from Kuala Sanglang use the busy, accident-prone trunk road from Alor Star to Kangar. Few, including Perlis residents, are aware of a more scenic, relaxing alternative – the Kuala Sanglang-Kuala Sungai Baru-Kuala Perlis road, the only coastal road in Perlis.

The starting point is Kuala Sanglang town, about 4km from the main road. Coincidentally, there are two Kuala Sanglang towns located near each other – one on Kedah’s northern border and the other – which we are referring to – is located just after the Kedah-Perlis border.

The journey starts in earnest after turning right upon reaching Kuala Sanglang’s only rice mill. Those who are new to the place would have to drive slowly as there are no road signs.

Don’t worry if the sea does not immediately come into view; your journey to discover Perlis’ best-kept secrets is just about to begin!

This 18.7km route meanders north from Kuala Sanglang and fully rewards those not in a hurry, with scenic landscapes and wonderful landmarks.

The best time to travel is either early morning or late evening. There are two reasons. First, the sunsets and sunrises here are legendary and the view promises to take your breath away.

The second is more ornithological in nature as birds are very active during these times and various species like drongos, kingfishers, doves and coucals can be easily spotted. This place is a bird watcher’s paradise though for migratory birds, it depends on the seasons.

In the past, people who used this road had to consult the daily tide charts as parts of the road were known to be submerged during high tide.

Fortunately, this is no longer the case as the state government has taken measures to shore up the coastline and at the same time prevent wave erosion.
The beaches are flat and the shores lined with boulders to prevent wave erosion. The dull, grey sea is nothing to look at; it gets bluer only when one heads towards Langkawi, departing from the Kuala Perlis jetty.

The sea comes into full view about two kilometres down the road. Here, visitors can observe the daily activities of the locals. Much of what happens depends largely on the tides.

During high tide, fishermen set out to sea, returning only when the tide turns. Most use small crafts or sampans made by local boat makers whose workshops dot the coastline.

During low tides, one can watch mollusc collectors wading through knee-deep mud to sieve for mussels, cockles and clams. These are either snapped up by waiting buyers at the shore or sold at small makeshift stalls. Locals like to buy their seafood this way as they are fresher and cheaper than that sold at the market.
The state government has unveiled a plan to spruce up and turn the Perlis River into a major tourist attraction with river cruises, floating rubber dam and riverbank walks. These, and an ongoing project to build a seaside promenade in front of Putra Brasmana, promise better times ahead for this once sleepy fishing village.

At Perlis state, there is not much mangrove on the mainland proper. However, there is a very extensive Rhizophora mangrove at Sungai Tuba in Pulau Langkawi, but because the area is very sparsely populated and is about 3 1/2 hours away by passenger boat, the site is not recommended for any immediate development but can be reserved for future use. It might be worth mentioning that at Kuala Perlis there is a cooperative that has pooled M$5 000 (US$2 200) for the development of a seaside mangrove estimated to be about 3 ha. The plan is to culture swamp crabs and sea bass. The owners are encouraged by traders from Thailand who do some fish trading in Perlis. It is reported that the Perlis cooperative may be supplied of sea bass fry from Thailand where it is reported that this species is now being spawned under controlled conditions. The area intended to be developed by the cooperative is rather high in elevation in relation to the tide, nevertheless, the soil is good for diking; and the prevalent vegetation is Avicennia sp. and not very dense. The crab and sea bass culture can possibly do well due to much available and seemingly unutilized cheap trashfish which can be used as feed. Kuala Perlis has a big fish landing area for trawlers. Although there are not too many available mangrove for expansion, yet the results of this cooperative venture can have a great impact as this area is very thickly populated by fishermen. Also, many fishermen come here from other mangrove areas. The government would do well to support and guide this modest effort as it may be the basis of a beginning of development in Pulau Langkawi or in Kedah and other places of Malaysia in the future.

Hope things will get better and thanks for reading.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-03-31 3:07]

Salam Foozi,
Composition of an important nature ...
Very nice colors and detail views.
Best wishes,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-03-31 3:39]

Hello Foozi,
A beautiful, well composed but sad picture expressing your title.
The plastic rubbish and the colour of the water showing the negative effects of our activity on this planet. We can only hope that enough people can get the politicians to change our values and way of life.
We can only hope for the best, but as I said this is a fine shot!
Thanks and best regards,

Ciao Foozi. Just a pity to see the troubles of this fantastic Nature. Topo quality shot in excellente light and sharp. Very good contrast and tones.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-03-31 5:44]

Hello Foozi,
The question is: who is to blame for this?... A long discussion can follow...
But the photo is beautiful Beautiful colours and good sharpness. Excellent POV and composition.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-03-31 5:46]

Very thoughtful image, well captured with fine composition and colors. tfs.

Hi Foozi again,

Very good composition and effective presentation showing the agonizing mangrove and the rubbish on the beach. Unfortunately, this is the reality - mental evolution of the whole mankind still didn't reach the necessary level.

Lights, colors, sharpness are beautiful, the note's interesting as always. Congrats and tfs.

Best regards, László

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-03-31 7:15]

Slav Foozî,
Great Composition with nice colors and perfect details.TFS.

hello Foozi

my French being better i will write you in French

c'est vrai que en croppant et cachant ces saletés la photo
sera très jolie, mais tu as très bien fait l'ami Foozi de laisser
telle quelle l'image pour montrer ces saletés de pollutions
pour que l'être humain soit conscient de ces gestes
et faits et arrête de polluer la nature, TFS


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-03-31 12:15]

Hello Foozi,
very nice photo.Very good composition of it, very nice depth, good colours, well I just like the job. Good work.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Foozi
I commend you on keeping the dark side of your portrait visible. It's just how things seem to be these days. I don't know how many times I've brought back bags of garbage while out on a hike or walk.

Your tree is beautiful and resilient against the blue sky. I hope it lives a very long life as trees are very important since they add oxygen to our atmosphere and help take toxins out of the air.
TFS Janice

Hi Foozi,
Thank you for an eye opening note. Hope things would change for better.

We have a similar human intervention in Okhla Bird Park (Noida) in India destroying the entire habitat of several species of birds, including the migratory ones.

Thank you for sharing.

Hi dear Foozi,
Beautiful work.
Excellent composition with nice light.
Lovely shot

Kind regards

great scene my friend Foozi, best clarity and colors output!
"keep photographing! TFS

Hello Foozi,
a very beautiful and interesting picture, splendid natural colours, perfect composition showing the disastrous effects of the human activity.
Best regards

Una interesante composición. Lástima de los desechos de plástico que se ven y que nos relatas en tu amplia explicación.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2010-04-02 3:14]

Ya Foozi,
Assalamualia kum wa rah math ULLAH wa bara katu hu,
Well informative note, that has more information then the shot it self and this represents the reality of nature that we do treat with.
best regards, TFS.


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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2010-04-02 17:08]

Hi Foozi,
Good photo to bring to our attention we all need to take better care of the world we live on. This is sadly too often seen. Good clarity of a worsening problem. TFS. Murray.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-04-02 20:09]

Hi Foozi , a good photo here , perhaps people need to see photos that show that polluting has consequence. I see so many times scens that would be nice to shoot , if it was not for refuse and careless polluting. it is sad...

Thanks for sharing. good message.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-04-03 4:36]

hello Foozi,
Very fine shot of this twisted tree having its feet in the sea. I must say that at first sight we don't see the pollution and it looks rather like almost heaven with the view on the peaceful sea. But it seems that everywhere on our planet, there is the problem of "right" development for poorer areas. We have also the same questions in our mountain regions.
I wish you a nice weekend
Kind regards

Hi Foozi,

The trees are leading my eyes toward the horizon which is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the trees and of the pollution. The subject is well framed. the quality of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hi MF Foozi,

An utterly amazing thematic landscape showing the natural and non-natural effects on nature mother. It seems perfect in every way. Great use of the shallow POV and also everything looks amazingly sharp and focused.
well done MF!


Excellent meaningful image. Pollution and the degradation of the environment is a serious problem by us too and peop[le are so indifferent. Thank you for this. Amazing and utterly deserved response.

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