Photographer's Note

Travel is really part of my work and, as you have guessed by now, it is 99.9% done by air. After the long and boring commercial flights to the country capital city and/or any other major town in the country, I always have a free chopper return flight to the offshore site. Of course, it is not all over water and sometimes we have the opportunity to fly quite a long time along land. It was the case when I worked on a well located about 15 minutes off the most eastern side of the Madura Island in Indonesia. The flight itself was one of the longest I ever flew, as it was 1 hour 50 minutes from Surabaya airport. But, just flying over the island was absolutely worthwhile.

Madura is a quiet island off the northeastern coast of Java, near the overpopulated industrial town of Surabaya, in Indonesia. The island is only 30 minutes by ferry from Surabaya and it is well known for its exotic bull races. The traditional bull races competition are conducted annually from August to November. It came into existence long ago as Madurese used the bulls to plough their rice fields.

Most of the Madurese population works in the rice fields and also in sea salt production. The main posting is a small village surrounded by rice fields and salt pans, while the WS1 is a view of the inland rice fields and the WS2 is another view of the coastal salt pans.

The technical quality is not the best, as we do not have the chopper doors open and also the windows are most the time not particularly clean and/or new. By the way, the helicopter used in this particular flight was a 20 years old Super Puma.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did enjoyed taking them.

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Additional Photos by Antonio Ribeiro (ribeiroantonio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4685 W: 455 N: 6473] (22730)
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