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.

A Communal Breakfast in Coc Ly Market

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

In February 2017, we visited the Coc Ly market, one of the many Hilltribe markets around Sa Pa in the northwest of Vietnam.  This market is located about 60 km (36 miles) from Lào Cai, a city just across the Red River from Hekou, China.  The people seated at the long tables in the picture below are enjoying a communal breakfast before shopping in the market.

This photo was taken in the early morning of February 14, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/25 sec, 55 mm.

Hunters Pounce upon Prey on Lao Chai Bridge

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

In this photo, an unwary tourist has allowed herself to become separated from her pack on a bridge in Lao Chai and is about to be pounced upon by the Hmong souvenir sellers. The sellers are sweet, persistent, and have prices higher than a flagship department store in a mall. We wrote about them earlier in our post We Follow You Anyway.   Here they are seen on a rickety bridge several miles from Sa Pa where they first identify and then stalk their customers.

This photo was taken on February 12, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/3.2, 1/640 sec, 60 mm full-frame equivalent

Bus from Sa Pa to … Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – July 28, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – July 28, 2017.

We saw this sign each time we walked between our hotel and downtown when we visited Sa Pa, Vietnam.  Vietnam is a long, skinny, S-shaped country in Southeast Asia running north-south beside the South China Sea to the east (or “East Sea,” as it is known in Vietnam).  By land, Vietnam is bordered by China to the north,  by Laos to the northwest, and by Cambodia to the southwest.  North-to-south, it measures about 1650 kilometers (just over 1000 miles) and is about 50 kilometers (just over 30 miles) wide at the widest point.  In area, it is approximately the size of Germany.  Sa Pa is in the northwest, and the cities listed in the first four lines of the bus sign are in the North with Sa Pa. Of the cities in the last line, Hue is about halfway down Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City (“Saigon”) is in the South.

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

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, 4.5 mm

Pho Bowls at Coc Ly Market

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

In February 2017, we visited the Coc Ly Market, a local market near Sa Pa, Vietnam, that is open only on Tuesdays. At this market, you can buy clothing, spices, vegetables, farming implements, fertilizer, seeds, handicraft, and a haircut, as well cows, goats, horses, water buffaloes, pigs, and dogs. Locals sit at long tables eating steaming pho and drinking a strong alcoholic rice liquor, while enjoying each other’s company. We especially liked the display of colorful pottery pho bowls with chopstick hole that were offered for sale.

Pho bowls with chopstick hole
Pho bowls with chopstick hole

This photo was taken on February 14, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/4.9, 1/15 sec, 18 mm.

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

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters W or X.

We visited Sa Pa in Vietnam in February 2017 to experience a homestay and trekking. Our trek took us through Ta Van Village, where we saw this walking bridge over the Muong Hoa River.  We had used a sturdier bridge, and so were puzzled why anyone would use this bridge instead.  As we observed, most people walked (from right to left) about halfway across and then turned and walked back. Our guide explained that this bridge was used for photo opportunities only. Looking carefully, we could see that the bridge ended in a tree on the other side.

Walking Bridge in Ta Van Village
Walking Bridge in Ta Van Village

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

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/10, 1/200 sec, 6.86 mm

 

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

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Harvest – Earth.

This rice terrace,  near Sa Pa, Vietnam, is waiting for spring planting in two to three months. At this altitude (almost a mile high) with a chilly, foggy winter, Sa Pa has only one rice growing season a year.

iBallRTW rice terrace
Rice Terrace

This photo was taken on February 17, 2017 just after 11 am. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/16, 1/100, 44 mm