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From the Journals… Dawei, Myanmar (Burma). February 11, 2019

August 16, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Peaceful MorningPeaceful MorningTemple Top and Palms, Shwe Taung Za Paya, Dawei. Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar (Burma). Up at 6 and out at 6:15. I walked to the Shwe Taung Za Pagoda. Even though it felt like 75 degrees, the humidity was enough to get me sweating after my 20-minute walk. I sat for a while to cool down. There weren’t very many people there, but I got some okay sunrise shots, I think. 

I walked back, to the room, happy to be hit with AC as I entered. After a few minutes I went up for breakfast on the fourth floor terrace. The view was okay, but I chose a seat out of the sun. Myo soon joined me. She was trying to convince me to join them on a pagoda run in a public van, but I declined. It sounds like a longer trip just to see one more pagoda. Apparently this is one of nine special pagodas in the Dawei area that if you visit all nine you get special merit. We’ve already been to a couple, but they aren’t going to get to all nine.


From the Journals… Kyaing Ywar, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2019

August 09, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Take a BreakTake a BreakRiverside restaurant at Kyaing Lakoiw Paya, Kyaing Ywar. Mon State, Myanmar (Burma). After 30 minutes we arrived at Kyaing Ywar, a village which is the departure point for boat excursions upriver. There is a comprehensive bamboo structure built on a gravelly sandbar that houses a bunch of snack stalls. I’m pretty sure this is a seasonal construction that gets swept away during the rainy season. 

We hired a boat here and headed upriver for about 15 minutes. For most of the way the water wasn’t deeper than chest-deep for me, and it was fairly clear. We arrived at Kyaing Lakoiw Paya, which, in addition to more snack stalls and some tables in the river, had a tower with a Buddha image on it that is joined to land by a high bridge. It served as a good vantage point for some pix. 

After about an hour of hanging out and exploring, be boarded the boat for the return trip. It was starting to get warm.


From the Journals… Ye, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2019

August 02, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Magical MorningMagical MorningMorning at Ye Lake, Ye. Mon State, Myanmar (Burma). Soon after waking up, I stepped out the door to feel the fresh air and see this beautiful view of Ye Lake. The sky that had been empty last night was now full of these interesting clouds.

Of course I had to grab my camera to capture the scene. I shot 3 frames at different exposures and combined them in my computer to be able to show the wide range of contrast that our eyes can see, but the sensor can’t.


From the Journals… Near Thaton, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2019

July 26, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Farm SceneFarm SceneFarm scene on train ride to Mawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma). The train arrived at 9:15. It was a much slower train than yesterday. I would guess top speed was about 30 mph. It was much more quiet than yesterday’s ride, with a lot less shaking and dust. It’s funny because I remember this ride from 2014 as being very shaky. 

We rode through more beautiful countryside, first with mountains way in the distance, then getting closer. Plenty of farm fields and small villages. 

There was no shortage of food on the train, and Myo stopped almost every vendor to sample their goods. There were some tasty surprises like a fried coconut, jaggery and peanut crispy cake. Lunch was chicken and rice served in a banana leaf. 

We arrived in Mawlamyine at 5:45 and discovered that there was a bus leaving for ye at 6. We took a taxi to the bus station and got tickets. I was pleased that we could move on to our destination without having to spend the night in Mawlamyine.


From the Journals… Still More from Nampan, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019

July 19, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

Yes, It's FreshYes, It's FreshProduce for sale in 5-Day Market, Nampan. Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). After a snack, I continued to prowl the market for photo ops. It’s always a challenge in a busy, crowed market. I have to stand out of people’s way without blocking traffic so they can go about their business. I usually stand or sit in a place for a while so people get used to my presence, or perhaps don’t notice me at all. When I find the right people or activity in the right light, I have to catch my shot between the people walking in front of me.


This shot was enhanced in post production to give it a painterly effect. I increased the saturation, sharpness, and contrast, then toned it down again.














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