Vision Quest...A Travel Photography Blog
Join me as I share my favorite travel photos and the stories behind them.
PeanutsPeanuts for sale in market. Bhamo, Myanmar (Burma). Our friend Zikola (sp?) and his mother were so kind to us today. After my buffet breakfast on the hotel roof, I went to the market to take some photos.
When I got back they were waiting at the hotel. It took some time for him to switch motorbikes, but then he took me on a ride west to a monastery. We walked around some farm fields and crossed a long bamboo bridge across the Tarpein river.
Quiet Moment at the TempleEnormous Buddha Images. Bodhi Tataung, Myanmar (Burma). I met my motorbike driver for my afternoon tour. It didn’t start off too auspiciously, as we discovered that because of my additional weight on the bike, that the tire was very low. He left me on the side of the road outside of Monywa, explaining to me in Burmese and sign language that he would get the tire fixed and return for me soon.
We went out to Thanboddhay Paya and then to Bodhi Tataung. The standing and reclining Buddha images are huge and very impressive.
Buddha Images 2Close-up of Buddha image. Shewdagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar. Having just arrived from my long flight from New York, I woke up on my first morning and took my jet-lagged body to the Shwedagon Pagoda to peacefully begin my trip. I had been here 7 years earlier, and find the temple to be a fascinating place.
It is the most revered Buddhist temple in the country, and attracts worshippers from all over. It is a beautiful place that always has plenty going on.
This morning started at a very pleasant 75℉ and we wandered around slowly, taking it all in. My camera was shooting away, and I was shocked that I actually filled a 2GB memory card--about 150 pix.
Produce Vendor in MarketProduce vendor in market. Hsipaw, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fair amount of fog. I was walking along the main road north of town and observing all the activities of daily life.
We walked to the morning market and I was able to get some good pix of people and products. I liked the light created by the fog slowly burning off. We also spent a little time at the park next door.
Golden Rock NightGolden Rock at night. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar (Burma). We got herded into a cattle truck is the best way to describe it. Slats of wood for seats, so close together there was no room for my knees and nowhere to put my daypack where it wasn’t bothering me or others. I had to pay for 2 seats because I took up too much space, and the driver’s assistant was still complaining.
Too many people and too fast—not safe and not comfortable. It was a narrow, windy road with lots of ups and downs. We stopped after about 10 minutes when they took our fares, and then waited. Nobody told us, but it’s a one-way road and we had to wait until the trucks coming down got through. Very uncomfortable and not the way to treat tourists. No option for a more expensive but less crowded vehicle…
It’s a great setting on the mountain ridge, with views in all directions. In the distance to the west we could see an orange sliver of the river we had crossed. The initial views of the Golden Rock were not that impressive, perhaps due to my state of mind after the truck ride.
I started shooting from a distance and then changed lenses as I got closer. It is more impressive upon closer view, and I walked around and got all angles as the light changed during sunset. I think I got some good pix.
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