30 Photos 30 Days: #13

fish at tu duc2

If we stare at you long enough, you will feed us.

Today, I visited a friend who recently renovated her restaurant not far from Emperor Tu Duc’s mausoleum. The tables and chairs are on terra cotta-tiled terraces, which are separated by a connected system of shallow waterways. These fish are the inhabitants. When I crouched to look at them, they mistook me for someone with food, I suppose, because they stayed in place, motionless but for a gentle waving of fins, staring up at me for a long time. I moved around a bit, trying out different angles with the camera until I liked the patterns of reflections, and the fish waited patiently. I hope they weren’t too disappointed when I failed to come up with something for them to nibble.

Eight more 30 in 30 blogs:

Many thanks to Dorothee Lang, who took the time to make a collage of selections from each of our blogs for a special post: 30 in 30 – Patterns of January


About Chris Galvin

Chris Galvin is a Canadian writer, editor and photographer dividing her time between Canada and Viet Nam. Her essay Flood Season was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net prize, and Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam won third place (shared) and a Readers’ Choice Award in the 2015 I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. Her work has appeared in various anthologies and literary journals, including Descant, Asian Cha, PRISM International, Room, and others. She has written in Vietnamese and English for Vietnam Tourism Review/Kham Pha Du Lich Vietnam Magazine, Travellive, and Du Lich Giai Tri. Chris is currently looking for a home for her recently completed manuscript, Breakfast Under the Bodhi Tree, a book about living, eating, and tour-guiding in Viet Nam.
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