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.

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


Yes No – Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: March 26, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: March 26, 2017.

Yes No

This photo was taken in the schoolyard of a preschool in Ta Van, near Sa Pa, Vietnam. After a simple breakfast in their classroom, the children were lining up for early morning exercises led by their teacher. The little girl whose shoes say “Yes” and “No” cannot speak or read English or Vietnamese; she speaks only her local dialect. She is quite color coordinated (for someone under six years old) and her socks match each other, unlike those of the children around her. The most popular shoes we saw in the area, worn by all ages, are the tan slip-ons.