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
Ready to go
Oh! that's called the Mountain Pose in yoga
Standing on two legs agian
**All photos taken by iPhone
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”
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)
January 19, 2009
As 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.
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.
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
“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.
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
Look up at the top
Look down at the floor
Look at a tree
Look through the eyepiece
January 12, 2009
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
January 11, 2009
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.
Northward view - Nam Khan River at the left hand
Turn to the right side from the above photo
Runway of Luang Prabang Airport
Southward view - Mekong River
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.
Sister and brother
I got one!
I got two!!
Small one for me