Lion Dance symbolizes the Chinese New Year

January 25, 2009

As the (Thai) Chinese traditional, making merit and doing salutation during the Chinese New Year is kind of a treat. I went to a Thai-Chinese temple today. When I arrived to the temple entrance, I then saw temporary pillars set in the middle area of the temple yard. I promptly knew that there was going to have the Lion Dance. “What a miss!!” – I didn’t take my camera bag with me at that time.

Like always … my iPhone saves the chance!

About to begin

About to begin

Ready to go

Ready to go

Jump up

Jump up

Oh! that's called the Mountain Pose in yoga

Oh! that's called the Mountain Pose in yoga

Step forward

Step forward

Standing on two legs agian

Standing on two legs agian

**All photos taken by iPhone

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Scarlet Finch – A Bloody Day at Doi Lang

January 20, 2009

I was told that we were very lucky to see a bird named “Scarlet Finch”  on the second day we stayed at Doi Lang.  The bird is one of the most difficult seeing birds in Thailand. As a result, there was around a hundred of birdwatchers headed up to the Doi Lang rigth after the news of seeing the Scarlet Finch spreaded out in the next day. I heard that some people were willing to drive themselve a round trip more than 4 hours just to watching the bird only 15-30 minutes. Wow!! such a big star “Scarlet Finch”

Scarlet Finch

Male Scarlet Finch

Someone in our group said that seeing a Scarlet Finch is “Lucky”. Two of them seen is “Wonderful”. But we saw three of them at the same time on that day. So, that person named the day “Bloody day at Doi Lang”.
Female Scarlet Finch (Top one)

Female Scarlet Finch (Top one)


Doi Lang – Birdwatcher’s Paradise

January 19, 2009

doilangimg_8017As I said before that Doi Lang is one of the best destinations for birding in Thailand, there are numerous birds and plants for naturalists to study.

I am not a birdwatcher and I have never watched and done any birding trips. A recent new year trip at Doi Lang was my first bird watching  in my life!!  I would say that I rarely touched a pair of binoculars. Although it was a bird watching trip for people who I went with, but for me it was a bird photography trip better!

I took my camera and all lenses that I have (exactly to say that a good friend of mine has lent those lenses to me) for the trip.  And because of it is birds photograph, there only seemed to be the 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens fit to the operation. Thus, almost every photos that you are going to see were taken by the Canon 450D attached to the 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens. 

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Remember?…I am not a birdwatcher. Then, sorry that I can’t specify name of birds in the photos. Any suggestions or guides on this are always welcome. 

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Doi Lang, Chiang Mai – Unknown destination for general tourists but well-known among the birding society

January 18, 2009

During the New Year 2009 holidays, I did a one week road trip to the northern provinces of Thailand – Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The destinations where we went to were unclear to me at first hearing. I was just a fellow traveler and was merely informed that we were going to join a trip with a group of few people who currently work and engage in the observation and study of birds. The group of these people are also principal memberships of the Thai Raptor Group, a community of birdwatchers who are specially interested in the observation and study of Raptors (Birds of prey) in Thailand.

The first destination of the trip was at Doi Lang. “Where is it????”, I promptly questioned when I heard its name at first. “Well, no matter where it is. Let’s go..and get a hunting!!” So, the trip was like those birdwatchers enjoyed their birds hunting by binoculars while I was pleased a photograph hunting by my own camera. Win-Win situation, sort of  🙂 

Viewpoint at Doi Lang
Viewpoint at Doi Lang

“Doi Lang” is situated at Mae Ai district in Chiang Mai. Doi Lang is actually part of Doi Pahompok but easier referred to as Doi Lang to differentiate the two. The mountain is in borderline areas between Thailand and Burma. The area is considered a strategic military post for monitoring drug trafficking.

Roadside view

Roadside view

At the top of the mountain, there is a Border Police Base called Than Pahompok. In the past, the area used to be a restricted zone for citizens as a safety reason. However, after many years of security and rest preservation operation of the military and border police, the mountain has become an open and safety area for people particularly one of the best bird watching locations in Thailand nowadays.

Border Police Base

Border Police Base

Surrounding area

Surrounding area

Look up at the top

Look up at the top

Look down at the floor

Look down at the floor

Look at a tree

Look at a tree

Look through the eyepiece

Look through the eyepiece

Keep fledging

Keep fledging

Keep drying

Keep drying


Sunset at Phu Si Hill, Luang Prabang

January 12, 2009

Sundown

Sundown

Going up to the Phu Si Hill around 4 or 5pm and staying there till the sunset time is kind of a treat. I did not miss the chance but what I did fail is that I could not get a chance to climb up in the morning. I believed that it would be one of my favorite photos in the Day and Night Photograph Collection thence…deplorable 😦 

Till the last moment

Till the last moment


Phu Si – A breathtaking viewpoint in Luang Prabang

January 11, 2009
Golden pagoda at the top

Golden Pagoda at the top

 

Phu Si (Mount Phou Si) is a hill located at the center of Luang Prabang town.There are two entrances to walk up to the top of the hill either taking 328 steps at the Sisavangvong Raod, opposite the front gate of Royal Palace Museum, or backstairs at a side road of the Nam Kan River, you then enjoy panoramic views of Luang Prabang town.

Salute

Salutation

Northward view - Nam Khan River at the left hand

Northward view - Nam Khan River at the left hand

Turn to the right side from above photo

Turn to the right side from the above photo

Runway of Luang Prabang airport

Runway of Luang Prabang Airport

South - Mekong River View

Southward view - Mekong River


Mr.Bollonet and the customers

January 9, 2009

I found a man who seemed to be a favorite person for the kids when I was at Pak Ou Caves. He was a good tactician to entertain all those kids.

Mr.Bollonet

Mr.Bollonet

Sister and brother

Sister and brother

I got one!

I got one!

I got two!!

I got two!!

Small one for me

Small one for me