A Monk Waiting for Sunset

This is our entry in Lost in Translation’s THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: WAITING.

This photo was taken in Bagan, Myanmar, on the top terrace of the Shwesandaw Pagoda. We, along with hundreds of other tourists, had climbed the steep steps (in our bare feet) and were crowded together on the western levels of this magnificent pagoda to witness the setting sun.  At the very end of our terrace, a monk had climbed onto the corner parapet for an unobstructed view.

Monk Awaiting Sunset

We were on the upper terrace of the 328-foot-high pagoda, but if he had slipped, he would have fallen “only” 15 feet to the next terrace down.

This photo was taken on February 9, 2017.  Specs are:

Olympus Tough TG-4, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/100 sec, 18 mm

4 thoughts on “A Monk Waiting for Sunset”

  1. Impressive! I’m sorry to hear you had to climb barefoot. Thank you for joining the challenge. I like the light in the photo.


    1. Thank you! You get used to being barefoot in Myanmar; it shows respect to the Buddhist temples. Our guide always had wet wipes for a quick cleanup afterward. (When everyone is barefoot, no one steps on your feet in crowded places. 😊)

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