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What irrigation canals are for

There are no swimming pools in Thailand's up-country villages. However, some parts of the country have canals feeding water for irrigation of crops...it doesn't take long for village kids to realise the potential for fun...

What irrigation canals are for

There are no swimming pools in Thailand's up-country villages. However, some parts of the country have canals feeding water for irrigation of crops...it doesn't take long for village kids to realise the potential for fun...

comments (19)

  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 19 Apr 2013, 01:12
Kid are the same world wide
Ray: Yes...I think people are people until society labels and pigeonholes them, Vintage.
Yippee!!! I bet it feels refreshing on a hot day! Good catch!
Ray: The water is quite warm, but a little breeze on the wet skin is refreshing, Elizabeth.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Apr 2013, 04:43
Nothing gives more pleasure than to jump in the water like that. Great timing smile
Ray: I admit that I much prefer to skinny-dip in an irrigation channel than get wet in a chlorinated hotel pool, Astrid.
nice timing. at that age, there is nothing much that scares them, is there?
Ray: Its about this age that gals become the scariest critters in town, Ayush...
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 19 Apr 2013, 06:37
From the shine on him, he has already been in the the canal, Ray. Well caught!
Ray: Its a continuous jump in then climb out cycle, Lisl...half the fun is in the flying.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Apr 2013, 06:52
Skinny dipping! YAAAAY.
Ray: Way2go heh!
delicately snapped
Ray: One occasionally remembers to squeeze, rather than punch, the shutter button, Richard.
Nicely caught with delicacy Ray!
Ray: Rough Ray, from the Outback, does "sensitive"...
Total inhibition.
Ray: ...and a little of the un's too, Bill.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Apr 2013, 08:13
I like his flesh-coloured trunks; they make him look naked. Oh.. he IS naked smile
Ray: Its a popular costume for the under-ten's, Alan.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Apr 2013, 08:14
No doubt you jumped in after him - you lissom demi-god
Ray: When in Rome...
  • Chad
  • Where latitude and attitude meet
  • 19 Apr 2013, 08:26
This isn't drinking water then Ray?
Ray: Fish, plants and coos drink it, Chad...humans like to process it into beer, first.
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 19 Apr 2013, 08:33
I swam in irrigation ditches, the worst part is the leeches
Ray: I can identify with your comment, Aussie.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Apr 2013, 10:51
Oh, a funny photo- and I'm sure he is youe Boy and you followed him some minutes later in Adam's costume, of course!
Ray: He is a local village lad, Philine.

The weather was very hot...that water looked cooling...
This shot brings back childhood for me. There were no pools where I grew up either. Love it!
Ray: The local water-holes were wonderful summer social gathering places for youngsters, Mary...its not so common any more, as we over-emphasise health, dangers...
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Apr 2013, 12:34
Same colour of water we swam in on scraped farm dams. The rest is about the same as well smile

No risque warning? P:
Ray: It is interesting to me that so many folks mentioned this was a familiar childhood behaviour, Louis. I doubt it would be so common among the current crop of kids.

No risque warning because its not risque...
Good catch,Ray,sad to say,but you daren't take a picture like this in this country anymore if you value your freedom,and that is in no way a criticism of your pic', Ray.Just stating a fact.
Ray: That's a very sad commentary on the state of your society, Frank.
It is a fine shot Ray, and sadly Frank has beaten me to it with the downside of this sort of shot over here.
Ray: Thank you, Brian.

Some of our "first world" states have really gotten themselves into a sad, sick, state, haven't they.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Apr 2013, 17:19
You think there is no risque in jumping into unclear water like that? All kinds of obstacles under that water. There should be a warning against those risques.
Ray: Nar!

The water level fluctuates a lot and, when it is low, the boys are able to survey their spot and even clear away any things that might be problematic.

They dive and swim at their own risque, but that is minimal, Louis.

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