Honouring the world of "working the night tides"
It was with great joy that in April, 2012, I worked the last of the winter night tides, together with John Lehmann, staff photographer for the Toronto Globe and Mail. Appreciate folks, that working the night tides on Marina Island, is a world unto it's own. But a guy has to do what an oysterman has to do to grow and harvest a premium quality beach oyster. And over the late fall, winter and early spring, the oysters and clams are exposed and can only be worked during the night hours.
John's photos are worth ten thousand words and they truly honour the world of shellfish farmers who work the night tides. It's not an easy job to work when the lights are out, the wolves are howling and watching you through the darkness, and the oysters are sleeping, just waiting to be harvested and marketed exclusively in the Nelson, British Columbia.
Enjoy these beautiful photos that appeared in the April 11th, 2012 Wed. edition of the Globe and Mail.
Or better yet, come and work the night tides with me some time in the future and experience for yourself, what it takes to grow and harvest "The Perfect Oyster".