Rustic Round Meets Modern Square

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Squares and Circles.

When we visited Southeast Asia in 2017, one of the highlights was trekking combined with a homestay near Sa Pa, Vietnam. Many homes in the area have added on a room or two to host visitors, providing dinner and breakfast of interesting and filling local food.  Our homestay had a large shared dormitory-style room for guides and other guests, as well as a concrete addition with three private rooms and a shared bathroom.  The wall pictured below separated an inner common room from outside tables. The rustic round gourd hanging on the wall contrasts with the square panes of the modern window wall.  The windows reflect the everyday world of the family, especially the red laundry hanging over the fence to dry.

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

Olympus TG-4,  ISO 100, f/2.4, 1/40 sec, 5.87 mm

For more photos from this trek, please see our posts:

Pho Bowls at Coc Ly Market,

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

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

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

Textures in Huế

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

These dried legumes (pulses) were offered for sale in a market in Huế, Vietnam. I always want to scoop up a handful, to feel the texture, but I never do.

This photo was taken on February 20, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 3200, f/4.5, 1/25 sec, 28 mm

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

Not Allow to Fight Together

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

This sign is located inside the Saigon Central Post Office in downtown Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Not Allowed to Fight Together
Not Allow to Fight Together

This photo was taken on February 24, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/320 sec, 4.5 mm