On my first day in Myanmar, I visited the famous Shwedagon Pagoda. I went in the afternoon to catch the setting light. After being there for a few hours, dark and ominous clouds rolled in. The storm that followed was monsoon like in its strength and fury. The grounds of the pagoda began to flood and all but a few individuals found shelter under the surrounding shrines. These three people decided to tough it out.
Venturing deeper into the Hermit Kingdom of North Korea. This shot is from the lobby inside the Juche Tower in Pyongyang, DPRK. I had to wait for the elevator to take me to the top so I took some shots while I sat in the elegantly designed room.
I was busy preparing and giving my thesis defense last week so the posts were less regular than usual. I should have more time on my hands now that I have finished school. I leave for India in three weeks and there are several items on my to do list regarding my site that I am going to try and complete in the next few weeks. I need to finish editing my shots from my last trip; only Kolkata and North Korea remain. The Kolkata gallery should be up within the next few days, North Korea will take a week or more. I have a few more photo essays I’d like to publish. Finally, I plan on updating the galleries of people, landscapes, wildlife, and cities. Many of the shots I took during my time in Asia this summer have not yet been included.
As for the above shot, it was taken in the 798 art district in Beijing, China.
On to the final Indian city from my trip this summer, Kolkata. I had a quick stop in the colonial city and found full of character and quite different from the other places I visited. One unique aspect of the city is that all the taxi cabs are Ambassadors, shown in the photo above. Because the car has changed so little since it was introduced, it has a look and feel of the 1950s. There were many times I felt I was back in Cuba.
After spending one night in Lucnknow I hopped on a train to Varanasi. The city is one of the oldest in India and an important spiritual locale for the Hindus as it sits on the Ganges river. The melt from the Himalayas combined with the monsoon rains made the river swollen. The water level rose nearly a foot every day I was there. The shot above shows submerged temples on the river’s banks. The orange glow in the background is the fire from cremation ceremonies.