I’m Taking a Break

This is our entry in Lens-Artists Challenge #57 – Taking A Break.

A popular destination in Myanmar is the Kyaiktiyo Pagoda perched on top of the Golden Rock, which is at the top of Mt. Kyaiktiyo.  The lady in the photo has somehow made it almost to the top of  Mt. Kyaiktiyo, whether by walking or riding the bus we don’t know.  We suspect she didn’t walk, since she has hired a litter to carry her the rest of the way. (The litter bearers literally ran up the steps.)

This photo was taken on February 6, 2017.   Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 400, f/8, 1/30 sec, 18 mm.


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



The Sun Peeking over the Mountains in Kyaiktiyo

This our entry for The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Peek.

This photo shows the early morning sunrise from our room in the Mountain Top Hotel in Kyaiktiyo on the day we visited the Golden Rock Pagoda. The photo shows the sun barely peeking over the mountains in the distance before the start of a glorious day.


This photo was taken on February 6, 2017. Specs are:

Canon SL1, ISO 100, f/22, 1/15 sec, 90 mm full-frame equivalent.


Down (includes insurance) – Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – June 23, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – June 23, 2017.

In February 2017, we visited Golden Rock, the huge golden rock balanced at the top of Mount Kyaiktiyo; this is one of Myanmar’s three most sacred sites.  This photo shows trucks on the way down Mount Kyaiktiyo.  These trucks drive at breakneck speed up and down the steep twisty road.

This sign hangs in a large shed where the trucks are boarded. A front seat (which we believe is actually a seat in the cab of the truck) costs 3,000 kyat (about $2.20 USD), while a bench seat costs 2,000 kyat (about $1.50 USD) for each of the six people crammed together on it. The truck does not depart until each seat is filled. As an amusement park ride similar to a rollercoaster without any safety equipment, the price was a bargain. And life insurance is included in the price.

These photos were taken on February 6, 2017. Specs for the first photo are:

Canon 100D, ISO 1600, f/8.0, 1/400 sec, 18 mm