This is the first time I have ever posted an image from my phone. Technically it leaves more than a little bit to be desired – the subjects sitting in shade with bright noonday sunlight hitting a white wall behind them. Difficult lighting for the best of cameras, of which the phone’s is not one.
Still I love the image — Friends sitting at a table and not saying a word while they all stare at their phones. It’s a scene that makes me feel old. And one that I did not have to travel to Thailand to come across.
A young man is contemplating the Buddha—or maybe wondering where he will go clubbing in the evening—in a quiet corner of Wat Umong in Thailand. A powerfully spiritual place, Wat Umong, and I am not a particularly spiritual guy.
I went on a photo trip this morning to a place called Wat Ban Den, a huge, well-known temple complex a few kilometers north of Chiang Mai. These girls were on a school field trip to the wat. They said hello to me and introduced themselves in English that was not at all bad. And after our mini-lesson was over, they were delighted to pose for a picture.
This colorful spray of flowers – it is no more than six or seven inches from end to end – was hidden along a small lane in Chiang Mai’s old city. I think the red flowers may be a type of miniature orchid, but am really not certain.
Wat Chedi Luang was established in the 14th century, but the 1990s reconstruction pictured here is controversial with some claiming the structure is not in the Lanna style of northern Thailand. Or so I have read.
I am sure the monks are watching a devotional show! What else would adolescent boys watch?