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.
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.
These shiny lights were strung above the entrance steps to a shopping center (part of the Night Bazaar) in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Bright lights, especially shiny colored ones, are guaranteed to distract us and bring out a camera. Click bait!
This photo was taken on February 1, 2016. Specs are:
Wat Sum Pow is a small Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The stairway leading to the entrance of the temple is adorned on each side by a Naga (great snake) being eaten by a Makara (sea monster that is half-fish, half-animal). According to The Window to Chiang Mai,
the Naga and Makara symbolize the ties that bind man to the world of illusion, and the path that frees man from that illusion.
The photo below shows the shadow of one of the balustrades.
Shadow of a Naga and Makara
Here is a photo of the Naga and Makara on the balustrade that cast that shadow.
Naga and Makara
These photos were taken on February 3, 2017. Specs are:
Shadow: Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/3.5, 1/1250 sec, 20 mm
Balustrade: Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/4, 1/640 sec, 18 mm
This sign was spotted in the men’s room in the Art in Paradise Museum, a fantastic 3-D art museum in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (There was no one else in the room at the time.) Was it art, or just lost in translation?
This photo was taken on February 4, 2017. Specs are:
Walking down a popular tourist street in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this February, we found ourselves underneath beautiful red fans and lanterns. We had walked this street before in a previous year, but this display was especially beautiful. It was most likely refreshed for the three-day Chinese New Year celebration, which had ended just three days earlier. The image was cropped in camera.
This photo was taken on February 3, 2017. Specs are: