Friday, July 04, 2008

A Few Pictures from around the country

sky in rice fields, originally uploaded by c_p_lew.

I had to make a trip to Bangkok last weekend, taking the overnight train in both directions. The trip down was nice because I met a new friend, and she and I talked about everything throughout the evening. She frequently goes to Laos so I hope to meet up with her sometime in Vientiane. On the way back, I woke up at 5 am, just as the sun was rising and caught many pictures of rice fields.

nongkhai, originally uploaded by c_p_lew.

marigolds, originally uploaded by c_p_lew.

A few weeks ago, I brought a friend to visit some of the UXO patients whom we have helped and made a side trip to the Xieng Khuan Buddha Park. It's a very strange place, with a large collection of concrete sculptures illustrating various Buddhist and Hindu tales. The second picture looks across the Mekong River to Nong Khai. The creator of the Buddha park, left Laos in 1975 when the government changed, and continued his meditation practice and teachings in a similiar park just outside NongKhai city. The picture just above is of marigolds growing in the hands of a Buddha image in meditation.

This picture is taken at sunset from the top of the Pakse Hotel in southern Laos. I was there two weeks ago, again for work.

This is my contribution to Skywatch Friday which is hosted over at Wiggers World


janet said...

beautiful laos. hope to visit laos one day.

greetings from malaysia!

Luke Wiley said...

Wonderful summer skies! just awesome!
My Sky Watch Friday posts

luna miranda said...

great pictures! happy SWF!

Pretty Life Online said...

Perfect entry for skywatch... all I can say is that "you'll be the sun in somebody else's sky"...LoL! Mine's up too hope you can drop by...

Abraham Lincoln said...

You have captured the feelings of the country you now live in. Wonderful stuff to see.

I think this is the best Sky Watch Friday yet. The things I have seen are very encouraging and the photography is spot on.

I really admire your photography choices and your critical eye for composition, lighting and texture.

Abraham Lincoln
—Brookville Daily Photo

quinttarantino said...

It is well known that we Portuguese once sailed the seven seas searching for new lands, wealth and adventures.
We were brave in those days and gave the world new worlds!

Luckily I don’t have to sail the big oceans on a small ship to sea the wonders of our world …
No Sir, I just need to check with Mr. Tom, the finest host there is, for a trip around the world with SKY WATCH TOURS and with a click here, a click there I am quickly in the USA, England, Brazil, Italy, China, Australia, Finland … well, everywhere.

And on each stop I come to see a little marvel of our world under a great sky!
Hope you can come and see my piece of the sky at lenses & visions

Old Wom Tigley said...

Whay a fantastic set of pictures you show here.. thank you..

Thank you for joining in with Sky Watch this week.. your pictures, comments and time a very much appreciated by many.

Snap Catch said...

Great catch for SWF! God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.... Happy weekend! Mine's up too hope you can drop by.... here

babooshka said...

This is a fantastic collection. Well Done.

GMG said...

Hi Chanpheng! Wonderful pictures, lovely country, great post!
Thanks for your comment on Blogtrotter, now on its last post on Santiago de Compostela! Wish you a great 4th of July and wonderful weekend!

Keera Ann Fox said...

Great photos! I am especially week for the trees reflecting in the rice paddy.

AnneKa said...

Great sky watch post, still trying to see all the sky watch photos on Tom's blog.

GMG said...

Hi Chanpheng! This month promises to be even more hectic than the already chaotic previous ones! Anyhow, thanks for your comment on Blogtrotter, where I’ve now posted my 401st post (on Ann Arbor, Michigan)! Have a great week!