I was walking on the beach, camera in hand, when this man approached and pointed at the camera and then himself. He wanted his picture taken and, in such cases, mine is not to reason why, but to point and shoot. We moved to the nearest coconut palm, he struck a pose – a darn good one if I do say so – and the job was done. I showed him the result in the camera’s viewer, he smiled suggesting approval, we shook hands and went our separate ways.
The colors got me interested from a far. As I got closer, I realized these are cloth flowers. I suppose I should have known better – nothing in nature is quite this bright. The display is lovely nonetheless and the lady selling the flowers became animated and friendly when she noticed me. A friend tells me bouquets like these are popular with Vietnamese preparing for the upcoming TET lunar new year holiday.
Danang’s ocean front runs north to south for several kilometers, ultimately making it to Hoi An about 10 km to the south. Beautiful surf, beautiful sun, and a sparkling, clean beach, all of which give Danang considerable appeal. The waves are rolling in are off the South China Sea, a body of water often in the news these days.
You see political poster art of the sort in this picture everywhere in Vietnamese cities, from billboards on the tops of buildings to posters along the walls of construction sites. This particular poster, according to a Vietnamese friend, announces the selection of a Party committee for Ho Chi Minh City for a five year term and celebrates Vietnam’s industrialization and modernization efforts. And the poster urges citizens to do their part to support modernization of the country.