Fake Fear

This is our entry in THE SNOW MELTS SOMEWHERE’s FRIENDLY FRIDAY: FAKE challenge.

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.

MOCA Bench — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Benches

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Benches.

This bench resides in the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Bangkok, Thailand. There are several benches of a similar contemporary design in the display rooms, which visitors can use for resting while contemplating the art around them, or which can be admired as art themselves.

This photo was taken on March 4, 2017 with an Olympus TG-4.

Buddha’s Feet — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shoes or Feet

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shoes or Feet (human or animal).

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.

Flying Hanuman Zipline– Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter Z

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter Z.

The Flying Hanuman zipline near Phuket, Thailand, is great fun for all ages.


This photo was taken on March 27, 2013.

Bangkok Fruit Seller’s Bicycle — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows.

In addition to seeing its many temples, no visit to Bangkok’s Chinatown is really complete without a visit to the sprawling Pak Klong Talad Flower and Vegetable Market. Coming from Wat Arun on the other side of the Chao Phraya River, we exited our river boat at stop N6, Tha Memorial Bridge, to continue back to our hotel in Chinatown.  With a small detour, we could also visit the market. In addition to the wholesalers inside the market, there are many individual proprietors selling small amounts from their personal vehicles, e.g., carts or bicycles, parked in the streets or on the sidewalks beside the large market.  The owner of this bicycle is selling lemons from a basket on the handlebars.

This photo was taken on Jan 31,2017. Specs are:

Canon SL1, ISO 400,  f/5.6, 1/1250 sec, 20mm


The Gate at Klong Mon Pumping Station — Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – August 18, 2017

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – August 18, 2017.

This long-tail boat is carrying tourists through a canal off the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand.  Entry to these canals, by boat and by increasingly brackish water that affects Bangkok’s tap water production,  is strictly regulated by the use of sluice gates that regularly close for a short period of time.  While a gate is closed, canal tour boats congregate on both sides. As soon as a gate opens, there is a mass exodus of boats from inside, followed by a more leisurely entry of boats that have been waiting patiently at the edge of the canal outside.

This boat has just exited through the barrier gate beneath the Klong Mon Pumping Station, and our boat is about to enter the canal through the same gate.

This photo was taken on March 3, 2017. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/2000 sec, 4.5 mm

Shiny is my click bait

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Ooh, Shiny!.

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:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 200, f/2.9, 1/50 sec, 7.9 mm