When traveling and taking pictures, some stand out to you more than others. You hand pick certain ones to help explain a narrative to use in articles and that leaves you with many others. Each picture tells a story of it’s own though, even out of the context of the other scenery. The butterfly above taken alone is but a random pic taken on the road while in Mae Hong Son province in the north of Thailand. (Wrote about here.) Something that caught my eye among the myriad of scenes in the plains outside of the jungles and forests or the nothern highlands. A color that caught my eye in a sea of green. It looks to be a butterfly called the Commom Jay that is found in much of Southeast Asia.
Although green is mother natures main color, reds will certainly stand out to my eyes as well as that butterfly.
Below us is a young boy in red supporting at the time footballer Michael Owen of Liverpool in the English Premier League. He didn’t seem to be too bothered with the strange adults running around with their camera’s at the time. He appears to be one of the local Shan or Karen ethnic group kids, though we’re also near the settlements of the local Yunnan descendants to north Thailand.
We were maybe a 20 minute motorbike ride from the Burmese (Myanmar) border and many ethnic Shan have migrated to this area over the last century as well as the Kayin (Karen) tribes due to various problems in their desired homelands.
In this same region of Thailand, besides the thickly forested mountains there are lush plains and small hills full of and river valleys. Wet rice farming is done in the valleys and here you can see ladies hard at work.
We moved north to Bangkok to the Chatuchak (Jatujak) market, the largest weekend market in the world with more than 15,000 stalls. In this one though, the afternoon heat and the empty store at the moment led to a bit of an opportunity for some rest!
Elsewhere in Asia!
Back to Ha-Long Bay, Vietnam! We talked about ths location before if you would like to do a quick read. Riding on an old junker this is the view we left behind. It is such an incredible sight to see almost no other large vessels around you. We docked on a small island called Cat Ba to have a rest and see the town and I saw this single fishernman near our boat in the harbor.
Kampuchea is the more formal name of the country of Cambodia, used by the Khmer people. Locally they say Srok Kmae or “Land of Khmer” or “Khmer’s Land”. We took a stroll through Siem Reap looking at some of their ancient structures and ruins in the posts about Phnom Bakheng, Ta Prohm, and the Cambodian Beauty. This young beauty below was a Khmer girl working the crowd with her best English trying to sell us anything related to the area from guidebooks to cards. This was over a decade ago! Bless her heart! I hope she grew up OK!
While walking though the ancient temples I was taking a photo with a low shutter speed. Not really knowing what I was doing and without a tri-pod I acidentally got a ghost. Someone moving in the photo who basically looks like an apparition. Spooky but cool!
These images always bring back memories for me and even though they were not my better photos they have a meaning to me. Pictures always speak. Listen to them. They have a feeling. When you travel try to capture what you saw with your eyes and take yourself back to tha moment some time in the future. You will be amazed at what your mind brings back to you in more ways than a memory. A mood, a scent, images that you had forgotten still locked into the centers of your brain. Some will call you back as if a dream. Some, you may have trouble recalling. The photo though, will never lie to you. It is up to you to interpret what was once in front of you.
Selfies are fun…but they were never in front of you (unless you are snapping a reflection!)
Well, thanks for stopping by and going down memory lane with me!
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