The soil of West Rashid reminds me very much of parts of southern Georgia, for it is soil and not sand. It also appears to be surprisingly fertile soil, which makes the similarity even stronger.
Compounding that was looking down a canal one day and seeing some kids out fishing, or at least playing at fishing. I was strongly reminded of some cousins and others I knew who, if they had the chance, got away and did the very same thing. As the kids noticed me and began making faces and posing, I could easily have been back in Georgia with people/kids I knew...
Events upstream took my attention away from them, so I don't know what -- if anything -- they caught; but, I do know they were there for a while. If nothing else, they caught a break on a hot day and enjoyed watching us and the goings-on upstream from them.
Blake Powers, the Laughing Wolf and Blackfive.net's Civilian-in-Residence, has been in Iraq reporting for PMI/The Long War Journal and Blackfive...donations to PMI (a non-profit media organization) keep independent reporting possible from the Long War.