Photography by Dixon Hamby on Panama Guide
Monday, January 09 2012 @ 05:25 PM EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
A Chance Encounter: Last week I was sitting at a restaurant, eating lunch and watching the world walk by, when Dixon came up and said "hi." We've met before but I had not seen him in a couple of years. I offered him the opportunity to display some of his imagery on this website, and I'd link back to his webpage. He's going to be sending me some of his images and I'll be putting them up. Whatever he happens to feel like sending. Whenever. He's a skilled photographer who's been working as a professional for years. And I wanted to offer him the opportunity to get some increased exposure for his images. In return I get to populate this page with some better images. So anyway, here it is, photos by Dixon Hamby. All of these were taken at the Fish Market in Panama City. Hey Dixon - I know my readers - think "hot chicks in bikinis enjoying the summer dry season in Panama..." Just a suggestion (grin). Fish is good. Ice is good...
Workers unload blocks of ice at the Fish Market in Panama City, Panama. Under the administration of the Mayor's Office and the municipality of Panama City, thousands of people buy their fresh seafood at the fish market every day. And it takes a whole lot of ice to keep the fish fresh. The vendors who rent the stalls get all the ice they need to keep their products fresh, included in the base monthly price. Photo Credit: Dixon Hamby
Panama's fishing fleet sets off daily to scour the Pacific Ocean for the most tasty delights. Fresh octopus is a favorite, as well as shrimp and prawns, clams and mussels, and some things you might not have seen before. The cold currents from the deep waters of the equatorial Pacific rise toward the surface as the approach the shores of Panama, making the waters a veritable smorgasbord of seafood delights. The seafood in Panama is excellent. Photo Credit: Dixon Hamby
It takes a happy man to sell good fish. I go to the fish market all the time, and some really interesting "characters" make their livings there. You can just see the personality bubbling out of this guy as he displays the catch of the day. Photo Credit: Dixon Hamby
Clear eyes, caught this morning. When the fish are fresh you can still see how clear the eyes are, like these. If it's a day or so old, then the eyes will get "milky" or glazed over. These are fresh, very fresh. Photo Credit: Dixon Hamby
The big fish caught every day by the fishermen get reduced down to manageable parts and pieces. Almost no one wants to buy the whole fish if it's more than 20 pounds or so. I wonder how many thousands of tons of fresh seafood have passed over that chopping block, under that knife, cut apart by this guy. Photo Credit: Dixon Hamby
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