Fake Fear

This is our entry in THE SNOW MELTS SOMEWHERE’s FRIENDLY FRIDAY: FAKE challenge.

We had wanted to visit Chiang Mai in northern Thailand for years. In 2017, we were finally able to do so.  One of our best experiences there was Art in Paradise, the Chiang Mai 3D Art Museum.  Along with many other tourists having fun, we inserted ourselves into works of art and posed for ridiculous photos.  The family in the photo below are using a dangerous swinging bridge to cross a terrifying gorge (but they don’t really  appear to be afraid).

According to their website, there are also Art in Paradise museums in Pattaya and Bangkok, which we will be sure to visit given the opportunity.

Buddha’s Thumbnail

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Hands.

North of New Bagan, Myanmar, just off the Bagan-Chauk Road in Myin Ka Bar, are some of the largest Buddha figures we have ever seen.  One of these was a bhumisparsha Buddha, seated with his left hand palm upward on his lap and the fingers of the right hand pointing to the earth beside his right knee.  For a sense of the size of this Buddha, consider that the human hand in the photo is covering less than half of the right thumbnail of the Buddha.

This photo was taken on February 11, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 2000, f/2.0, 1/30 sec, 4.5 mm.

Rustic Round Meets Modern Square

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Squares and Circles.

When we visited Southeast Asia in 2017, one of the highlights was trekking combined with a homestay near Sa Pa, Vietnam. Many homes in the area have added on a room or two to host visitors, providing dinner and breakfast of interesting and filling local food.  Our homestay had a large shared dormitory-style room for guides and other guests, as well as a concrete addition with three private rooms and a shared bathroom.  The wall pictured below separated an inner common room from outside tables. The rustic round gourd hanging on the wall contrasts with the square panes of the modern window wall.  The windows reflect the everyday world of the family, especially the red laundry hanging over the fence to dry.

This photo was taken on February 16, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4,  ISO 100, f/2.4, 1/40 sec, 5.87 mm

For more photos from this trek, please see our posts:

Pho Bowls at Coc Ly Market,

Walking Bridge in Ta Van Village – Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters W or X and

Sa Pa Rice Terrace – Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Harvest – Earth.

MOCA Bench — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Benches

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Benches.

This bench resides in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Bangkok, Thailand. There are several benches of a similar contemporary design in the display rooms, which visitors can use for resting while contemplating the art around them, or which can be admired as art themselves.

This photo was taken on March 4, 2017 with an Olympus TG-4.

The Rice Terraces of Sa Pa — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Horizontal Line(s)

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Horizontal Line(s).

We spent a few days in Sa Pa, Vietnam, in 2017, including trekking to the Ta Van village. This trek offered stunning views of rice terraces as we passed through the countryside. There were seemingly endless horizontal lines of embankments holding back the constantly flowing water to nurture the rice plants. The following image shows one of the views along the way.

This image was captured on Feburary 14, 2017.

Buddha’s Feet — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shoes or Feet

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shoes or Feet (human or animal).

We did a temple tour during a 2017 visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand. We took literally hundreds of pictures of Buddhas housed in the temples, including this picture of the feet of a reclining Buddha in Wat Chedi Luang.

This photo was taken on January 31, 2017, and was converted from color to black and white with selective color using Silver Efx Pro.


This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Breathe.

Last year we spent a night in Bago, Myanmar, in order to experience sunset at Golden Rock.  The next morning, we opened our windows to view the rolling hills, valleys, and mist, and to breathe in the fresh morning air in anticipation of the coming sunrise.

This photo was taken on February 7, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100,  f/22, 5 sec, 18mm