I look forward to lab work—as in having a phlebotomist draw my blood! Weird, huh? Over the years, My Favorite Place has become is a lily pad pond across the street from the lab I go to. This pond never fails me. Even on days when the lilies are closed in the afternoon, which is every afternoon, I always find something redeeming for my camera to focus on. On this recent day, it was right at my feet at the water’s edge. Loved the textures and the colors of the detritus. My camera is always with me, so whenever I drive past this spot and the light is right, I always make a stop to capture whatever Mother Nature is serving up that day.
Creating a triptych was a new experience and I went to Google for Photoshop instruction on how to construct it. My subject was a neighborhood gator easing into a pond. The photos are nothing special, but I used it as an exercise to learn how to create the final image.
Lunching aft on the Silver Shadow moored stern-to-stern with the cargo ship Great Legend for two days in the Port of Yangon, Myanmar (aka Rangoon, Burma), gave me a chance to document the process of transferring coal ship to ship. I have seen coal trains, but this was my first coal ship. With the Great Legend flagged from Hong Kong, my guess is this is Chinese coal dropped off in Myanmar to fuel their needs. The process was similar to those little carnival games we played where you have to scoop up your prize. More often than not the prize was dropped and lost.
Have you ever seen such a happy group of Buddhist monks? Have you ever seen a group of Buddhist monks? Their emotions were related in their big smiles as they were happy to be at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Rangoon, Burma (aka Yangon, Myanmar). It is the most sacred Buddhist pagoda in Myanmar, as it is believed to contain relics previous Buddhas. Buddhists from around the world make pilgrimages here and light candles, burn incense and leave offerings at one of the eight shrines of the gilded pagoda. Most Burmese people are Theravada Buddhists. Theravada , the “Doctrine of the Elders,” is the school of Buddhism that draws its scriptural inspiration from the Tipitaka, or Pali canon, which scholars generally agree contains the earliest surviving record of the Buddha’s teachings. For many centuries, Theravada has been the predominant religion of continental Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar/Burma, Cambodia and Laos) and Sri Lanka. Today Theravada Buddhists number well over 100 million worldwide. In recent decades Theravada has begun to take root in the West.