Near the National Park Sam Roi Yod (see map) we built a house.
To buy the land area was cheap because the people said the groundwater is salty .“ Nothing will grow”!, we were told. But within 5 years, we created a beautiful garden. Of course not all the trees and plants can grow but many of them.
About 30 years ago, this area was covered with natural vegetation, rice fields and mangrove forests – the elder people said but now the area is partially destroyed by shrimp-farms. Investors came and talked to the local population in that time (despite National Park status) and the people maybe were thinking that the shrimp-breeding will bring much more money. Anyway 3 years ago a virus paralyzed many shrimp-breeding..
Travelling through the NP you can see red and blue nets hanging over the pools of the shrimp pools to prevent the shrimps from the birds.
It´s like an artificial cut in the landscape. That´s exactly want I want to describe in my painting also see series the “human traces”. See website:
Hanno Karlhuber – Die Spur des Menschen
Some strange points of view (the farms)
Passing by with my bicycle every day I also see the wraped huts, desert land and empty pools. It seems nobody care if a project did not work out. The functional aesthetics of the working shrimp-farms (about 20% of the area) is okay, but how to do with the (for me) destroyed, injured area? So my vision is, to rebuilt the area with fish-farms for hobbyfishing or golf-courses together with restaurant facilities.
I don´t like Disney-World- areas, but a little bit “clean up” can be done and its not expensive.
In my panorama painting I put in some palm-trees along the road to show how nice it could look like.