Title: Early Morning Fisherman — Kerala Backwaters Southern India
Photographer: Barb Gannon
Date taken: January 2011
Location: Alleppey, Kerala, India
Behind the scenes: I spent 14 days in January 2011 cycling Southern India with a group of cyclists mainly from the UK. We rode dirty, busy roads, dodged buses and traffic, cycled through tea plantations, struggled up a category 1 mountain climb only to glide down the other side in two hours without pedalling, witnessed religious festivals featuring the "prettiest" elephant contest, safari'd in nature parks, ate food from street vendors (with no repercussions), body surfed in the Arabian sea (wowing the locals as women just don't do that sort of thing) and the ultimate was spending a day and night on a boat idling the Kerala backwaters. The backwaters support fishing and team with life from people to birds; it's a photographer's paradise from sunrise to sunset. I'll never forget this cruise; it was a welcome change from the bike seat.
Camera used: Canon EOS 7D