Sending Wishes to Heaven

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Out of this World.

This photograph shows worshipers sending wishes to Heaven at the Kataragama Temple in Sri Lanka.


This photo was taken on February 4, 2018.  Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/11, 1/10 sec, 45mm,


Tapers in Agios Georgios

This is our entry in The Daily Post Daily Prompt: Taper.

This photo was taken in the Church of Agios Georgios (Church of St. George), a Greek Orthodox church in Nafplio, Greece, dating from the early 16th Century.  Inside the church are beautiful icons, paintings, and chandeliers, as well as a replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. A steady stream of worshipers light the candles just inside one door.

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Tapers in the Church of Agios Georgios

This photo was taken on September 25, 2016.  Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100,  f/4.9, 1/20 sec, 18 mm

Bagan Photo Shoot 3: The Monk at Prayer

After our photo shoot at the colonnade, our photographer guide, Maung Maung Bagan, loaded us and the monk into his car and started driving down dirt paths. It was getting hot and we noticed that the only part of his air conditioner that still seemed to function was the ON light. On the other hand, we were zipping down roads at 40 miles per hour when other vehicles were crawling along at about 10 mph. We also left quite an impressive plume of dust.

We arrived at a temple and entered. At Maung Maung’s “suggestion”, we bought a pack of candles from a small shop inside the temple. We then went through an arched doorway which, to our surprise, led to a long cave containing only a large reclining Buddha. Placing the candles on stands and on the fingers of the Buddha, Maung Maung lit them and our little monk began to pray. The following photos show the  results.

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Praying Monk

Specs: Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/5.0, 1/6 sec, 37 mm

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Praying Monk

Specs: ISO 1600, f/5.6, 1/25 sec, 32 mm

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Reclining Buddha with Praying Monk

Specs: Canon 100D, ISO 6400, f/5.6, 1/125 sec, 43 mm

Both closeup photos of the monk were taken with tripod-mounted cameras. The long view of the Buddha was taken with a camera propped on a table.  For all the photos, the only illumination in the dark cave was the candelight seen in the photos.

For our earlier posts on our photo shoots that day, visit:

Bagan Photo Shoot 1: I need a map

Bagan Photo Shoot 2: The Firewood Seller