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Golden Pagoda

Shwe Maw Daw Pagoda, Bago, Myanmar.

Gold leaf coats the pagoda.

In sunshine it is magnificent.

In shade it is magnificent.

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Maintaining The Beauty

Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple in Yangon, Myanmar.

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Some Newly Posted Photographs

Here are photographs published recently in other forums.

These were made about a year ago in Myanmar and some have been reprocessed to monochrome.

Enjoy!

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Photos Published Recently

These photographs were published elsewhere over the past couple of weeks.

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Fishermen on Inle Lake

Inle Lake in Myanmar is one the world’s unique places. It is a candidate for listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Lake is the second-largest fresh-water lake in Myanmar, with an estimated surface area of 104 square miles.

At present, the length of the lake from north to south is 24 miles; its original length was 36 miles. The average water depth is 7 feet (2.1 m), with the deepest point being 12 feet (3.7 m) deep. During rainy season, the lake’s depth can increase by up to 5 feet (1.5 m).

The lake is weed-choked and conventional outboard motors are useless.

One practice that distinguishes Inle from other places in the world is a unique paddling style used to propel small boats through the weeds while fishing. Standing on the left leg while using the right hand and the right leg to manipulate the paddle, leaves the left hand free to handle nets and other equipment. Standing also allows sight through high reeds.

How often one falls in the water while learning the technique is a question not answered.

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People Photographs from Myanmar

People in Myanmar are shy, polite, proud and friendly.

And very photogenic.

They didn’t mind my making their photographs. It seemed a pleasant experience for those photographed. Showing them the result when possible always produced smiles.

On more than one occasion I was asked to have my photo taken with a local. Not because of my good looks, but more because I am a Western tourist. It was always an enjoyable experience with lots of smiles and laughs exchanged.

And oh yes, it seems everyone has a smartphone.

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Farming on the Irrawaddy

A great deal of agriculture takes place on the banks of the river.

Note the absence of mechanized equipment. In 10 days travelling on the river there were no tractors seen working the fields. All the work appeared to be done by hand, using oxen for the heavier tasks.

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