I have always been fascinated by how human beings interact with water and make water bodies part of life. While travelling around Manaus, in the Brazilian Amazon, it was amazing to observe how rivers, streams, canals, lagoons, lakes and seasonally flooded jungle are all integrated into daily living. Around the world, people inhabit islands and river banks, lake sides and the coast line in ways that are peculiar to the local culture and geography. In the Amazon, the circumstances unique to the region are created by the presence of a mostly — still — impenetrable rain forest, the sheer amount of water carried and collected by a massive network of rivers and their tributaries, and weather patterns that produce dramatic rainfall and changes in water levels throughout the year.
I will let the photos tell the story.