Ambassadeur Everlasting

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IndiaRajasthan

IndiaRajasthan

The dark side of the.

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For 20 minutes in the evening the majestic Kumbalgarh fort glows gold against the dark sky. We sat on an opposite hillock in the cool breeze drinking in the sight. However, after 20 mins once the lights are turned off, and with the absence of the moon, we had to climb down the wall and walk the dark road back to the hotel.

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BirmaRakhine

BirmaRakhine

The art of Rattan

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Rattan grows in a long slender stem, The first step in the rattan product development process is harvesting. This is labor-intensive and is typically carried out by teams of villagers. Once the rattan has been harvested, it has to be prepared before it can be used in weaving. The first step is to wash the rattan to remove any stains and clean the product, stripping away the layer of silica that tends to coat the core rattan. The next step is to cure the rattan, turning its color from a pale green into the yellow that most people are familiar with by smoking it. The raw, washed rattan is loaded into what looks like a wood-framed tent that has its floor about a foot off the ground. Many “bushels” of raw rattan are piled on top of one another until the wooden frame is full. The frame is then covered with tarpaulin, which is secured to the ground using stone weights. The charcoal is ignited and placed under the tent, and the smoking process begins. After curing, the rattan has to be dried to remove excess moisture and make the product suitable for use. After drying, the rattan is ready for use,.weaving, or core products that are flexible and can be used used for binding to create the baskets, walls, fences, hats etc.

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IndiaMadhya Pradesh

IndiaMadhya Pradesh

Just Thinking

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In Mandu village. The script on the wall behind are politcal slogans and the symbol of the hand which represents the Congress Party and helps the illiterate when voting. Taken on International Women'd day and hoping that life in rural India for these two young girls and many others like them will be less hard when they reach womanhood.

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IndiaMadhya Pradesh

IndiaMadhya Pradesh

Sing a Rainbow

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In the 11th century the poet-prince Baz Bahadur smiten by the singing voice of a Hindu shepherdess Roopmati, built for her high on the crest of a hill so that she could still see her village as she sung a pavilion as a token of his love. A magnificent expression of Afgan architecture. Today Roopmati's pavilion is being restored. Despite the physically hard work she looked radiant in her colourful clothes and bangles. Red and yellow and blue and green, Purple and orange and pink, I can sing a rainbow, Sing a rainbow, Sing a rainbow too!

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BirmaShan

BirmaShan

Piety

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The Pa-Oo live primarily in the Taunggyi area of southwestern Shan State. They have learned to speak Shan, but have maintained their own distinct language and customs. Forced relocation programs carried out by the SPDC have been particularly sweeping in Mon, Karen and Shan States, the states where most of the Pa-O live. The Pa-Oo Nationalist Army signed a ceasefire with SLORC, but because the Pa-O live in many of the areas where other rebel groups are still active they have been swept up in the forced relocations and human rights abuses for which the ruling junta has become infamous. (Source: Pa-Oo Human Rights Watch) ISO 400 Handheld

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BirmaKachin

BirmaKachin

Only Smiles

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Walking along the banks of the huge Arrawaddy River in Bhamo, where huge trees shade the lanes, we met such inquisitive and friendly people and adorable kids to play with and of course photograph. Situated in the state of Kachin, Bhamo is a trading post close to the Chinese border, and has suffered frequent incursions over the centuries.

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BirmaRakhine

BirmaRakhine

A British Legacy

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She was enjoying her smoke, she stopped briefly to look me over, but didnt speak, didnt smile, only after I showed her her face in the LCD did she take the pipe from her mouth and laugh and laugh. Many women smoke pipes in rakhine state, the style of the pipes seem to have been left by the British, my grandfather smoked one just like it.

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BirmaShan

BirmaShan

Een been kan ook

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The fishermen at Inle lnle Lake have an interesting way of rowing their boats. By usiing one leg they keep their hands free for their nets. This balancing act they learn from early childhood.

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BirmaRakhine

BirmaRakhine

Mingalaba and Mohinga

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Mingalaba, (hello) ik ben net terug van Corsica en nu les ik alle leuke reacties, heel bedankt allemaal!! Ik zal "catch-up"spelen.:) Mohinga is considered to be Myanmar's National dish. It is basically a fish broth with noodles, served with various accompaniments. It is traditionally eaten for breakfast although it can be (and is) eaten at any time of the day or night. A street vendor in Mrauk U at dawn, selling mohinga to the market traders.

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IndiaMadhya Pradesh

IndiaMadhya Pradesh

Next stop Orchha

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Next stop Orchha, a small town with its palaces and temples located by the side of the Betwa river. The word Orchha means 'hidden'. When the Tughlaqs, who were ruling Delhi in the 15th century, pushed the Bundelkhand rajas out of Garkhundar, they retreated to distant Orchha. We were lucky to coincide our few days with a festival, so shared the town with many pilgrims and sadhus. PS I choose this image as this is my last upload for a while as I leave today for Corsica.

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IndiaMadhya Pradesh

IndiaMadhya Pradesh

Dawn bathers

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In the cold early morning, as the sun rises, only a few pilgrims venture to bathe in the river. I was wrapped in a fleece and still cold, so admired their bravery. The ruins on the otherside are cenotaphs of the former rulers of Orchha.

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IndiaRajasthan

IndiaRajasthan

Mellow Yellow

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I couldnt help thinking of a field of dafodils when I saw this man. He had been watching me taking photos and guessing it was his turn, stood and retied his turban in a most ornate fashion and smiled. What else did I need. Jojawar, Rajasthan

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IndiaKarnataka

IndiaKarnataka

Poetry in Stone

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I cherished the time spent simply gazing at the sheer poetry in stone while visiting the Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebid, the towns are home to magnificently carved temples. Belur and Halebid are 17 km apart, and are often referred to in one breath, as belonging together. These temples have become rich repositories of ancient Hindu culture, with several thousands of visitors from all over India and overseas coming to witness their intricate and distinctive architectural style. The temple at Belur is still functional but the Halebid temple, though open to the public, is no longer in use for devotional purposes.

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IndiaMadhya Pradesh

IndiaMadhya Pradesh

Pavilions and Parrot

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A sunset view of the Jahangir Mahal, a tiered palace crowned by graceful chhatris (domed pavilions)and in the distance the Chaturbhuj Temple, in Orchha. The inclusion of the parrot was a lucky accident.

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IndiaNew Delhi

IndiaNew Delhi

Sunrays and Sandstone

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Enjoying the winter sunlight in the doorway of the mosque at the sight of the Qutb Minar. This same morning I read in the newspapers that some schools were closed due to the cold weather, the temparature had reached a low of 3 degrees!

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IndiaUttar Pradesh

IndiaUttar Pradesh

A different view

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A different view of the Taj Mahal, Agra. It was easier than I anticipated to beat the crowds at the Taj. Just get up early, brave the cold and you are treated to the magical sight of the Taj slowly coming to light in the early morning sun.

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BirmaYangon

BirmaYangon

Monsoon in Myanmar

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The Shwedagon Pagoda in stormy days - the Shwedagon Pagoda is problay the most famous of Burma's temple and played a role in the recent demonstrations of the monks.

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BirmaRakhine

BirmaRakhine

The girl in red satin

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Cooking is done on open wood fires, keeping warm is done on wood fires, so much wood needs to be collected. Normally a chore for young girls.

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BirmaRakhine

BirmaRakhine

Bambook hat maker

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Walking through the village of Mrauk U, we met a family who were all busy in front of their home splitting bamboo to make these fine hats. Mother, father and kids were involved - a real family business.

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BirmaRakhine

BirmaRakhine

To market, to market

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Just a smile from this young boy who after a few days being in Mruak U, he would wait by my guest house to walk into the morning market with me. He didnt speak any English, just this smile! RAW f 2.8

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IndiaMadhya Pradesh

IndiaMadhya Pradesh

At the Fair

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In Khajuraho normarlly associated with its beautiful temples - amongst the excitment and fun of many at the mela (fair), she stood out, not only for her sheer natural beauty but she semed deep in her own thoughts.

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IndiaNew Delhi

IndiaNew Delhi

Golden shadows

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If you are stuck in the heat of New Delhi for afternoon, venture out to Hamuyan's tomb. It set in a shady old garden and towards the end of the afternoon the shadows of light through the jali screens are amazing.

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IndiaRajasthan

IndiaRajasthan

Rajput

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Taken in the small town of Jojawar, (the same town as the crowded taxi image.) Just to show that its not only the ladies that are photogenic :)

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IndiaRajasthan

IndiaRajasthan

Time in the village

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Kumbalgarh village is situated just under the impressive fort.

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