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.

Breathe

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

 

 

A Smoky Dawn Breaks Over Bagan

This is our entry in Lost in Translation’s THURSDAY’S SPECIAL: PICK A WORD IN APRIL – Y3.  The word is dawning.

This is a view of dawn breaking over the thousands of temples in Bagan, Myanmar. The rays from the rising sun are accentuated by the smoke from burning grasses.

This photo was taken on February 10, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/320 sec, 18 mm

For a different view featuring hot air balloons, read our post Balloons over Bagan – Tuesday Photo Challenge – Morning.

Happy Burmese Saleslady— Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Happy

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Happy and in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Smile.

This happy young woman is minding her stall in a market in Kyaikto, Myanmar (formerly called Burma). On her face she has applied thanakha, a paste made from the ground bark of the thanakha tree, which cools her skin as it blocks the sun.

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

Olympus TG-4, ISO 400, f/4.5, 1/80 sec, 15.4 mm

Sunset over Bagan Pagodas

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Rise/Set.

Sometimes we think that there are too many sunset photos. Then we find ourselves in a beautiful location with a magnificent sunset and we can’t resist capturing the image.  We climbed the steep, handrail-free, steps of the Shwesandaw Pagoda with several hundred very new friends (all of us in our bare feet) to take this shot. When we finally got back to the ground, we agreed the climb had been worth it.

This photo was taken from an upper level of the Shwesandaw Pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar, on February 9, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/16, 1/100 sec, 135mm

The Buddha’s Silence

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Silence.

This Buddha figure sits in a tall niche in the Pahatothamya Temple in Bagan, Myanmar.  As unenlightened visitors to the temple, we experienced the Buddha’s silence.

This photo was taken on February 10, 2017.  Specs are:

Canon SL1, ISO 3200, f/3.5, 1/125 sec, 18mm