Friday, January 09, 2009

Sky Watch Friday and Change 9

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Change of plans: We originally planned to fly back to Vientiane but the airline called me and said that the flight had been canceled. I guess not enough people on the plane.

It's easy enough to drive to Vientiane now, though it takes eight hours. However, it's eight hours through incredible scenery, especially during this time of the year when the skies and clear and the late afternoon light is so beautiful.

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The tall grasses glow in the sunlight. People cut these grasses and pound the seeds out of them before tying them up to make brooms.

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Closeup with moon.

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Grass in the sunlight.

distant mountains

Mountains in the distance.

plum tree

Last view of the plum tree before we left for Vientiane. I imagine that by the time I return to Xieng Khouang, I will have missed the final stage of the blossoms - when they fall off and cover the ground with pink. I tell my friends that this is Xieng Khouang pink snow.

This is my contribution to Skywatch Friday, whose members post pictures of the skies around the world.

19 comments:

Adrienne in Ohio said...

I love the photo of the moon with the grasses. Beautiful colors and composition!

Skies said...

Those are beautiful photos...thanks for sharing

Carol said...

Beautiful photos!! I esp like the mtns with the grasses infront catching the sunlight...o so pretty

SandyCarlson said...

These are wonderful. The mountains are stunning. They look so young.

fishing guy said...

Chanpheg: those are really neat capture of the country and the clear blue skies.

Janie said...

Beautiful shots of the vegetation and scenery. Love the light on the grasses.

Yogi said...

Great shots. I love the one with the grass and the moon.

Ruth said...

Your pictures are exceptional! I love the one with the moon and grasses. You did so well to get both in focus. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment on my blog.

Carletta said...

These are all wonderful images but I LOVE the first two with the grasses and the moon - awesome shots!

People with Cameras said...

Wow and wow again! Hard to pick a favourite but I do especially like the one with the moon.

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful group of photos! An 8 hour drive in incredible scenery would take me two days, ha!

Grammy said...

I love all your photos. The moon in day time was great.

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful shots. Beautiful country.

Keera Ann Fox said...

Such lovely photos! You've captured quite the variety, and I like it all!

Eki Akhwan said...

Those tall brown grass flower against the clear blue sky indeed make a magnificent photo.

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my SWF post, Chan Peng.

Eki
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RuneE said...

With that kind of scenery - who want to fly?

magiceye said...

awesome sights all but the ones with the moon and the other with the mountains tie for the winners spot!

theArthurClan said...

Your photos are all lovely! My favorite is the "grasses in sunlight" one...the sun flare is incredible.

Catherine said...

Some gorgeous natural photos here...although my favourite has to be the grass with the moon