Photographer's Note

Legend of Halong Bay:
The words Ha Long Bay means "Bay of Descending Dragons". Legend has it that a dragon once flung itself headlong into the sea, and its tail managed to dig deep valleys and crevices in the mainland of Vietnam. As the dragon descended into the sea, these deep valleys and crevices filled with water and thus creating Halong Bay. According to another legend, the Jade Emperor of Heaven ordered a dragon to halt an invasion of Vietnam by sea from northern invaders. The dragon actually spewed out jade and jewels which created the islands an dislets of Halong Bay. This helped to create a natural barrier which block off the invasion.

Picture of small floating homes set amongst the high cliff of limestone karst islets, sheltering the community from rough sea. I was told that many of these homes are multiple generations old. The community have traded their creature comforts, some were born here and never set foot on dry land.

The day was not on my side when this was taken, it was chilly and rather grey afternoon and there was a heavy mist across the bay but I felt totally at peace with the world, purely magical. Nothing can take away the stunning-ness of the vista, not even the weather because even in really moody atmosphere the limestone formations rising out of the water always look fantastic.

Additional pictures:
WShop1: Floating community going about their everyday business, relying on what nature will provide from the sea.

WShop2: A joint effort, husband and wife team.

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