Art, Creativity, Photography, Travel, Writing

While we were in Myanmar we were recommended to go to Pyin Oo Lwin which lies to the north of Mandalay. En route our driver stopped off at Pelk Chin Myaung holy cave complex. The extensive cave system is home to hundreds of Buddha statues but part of the attraction for the locals is the spring which rises inside the cave and then flows over the rocks outside providing endless photo opportunities of people getting wet or just enjoying a paddle.

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A few shots taken inside the cave complex

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don’t you just love the child’s protective headgear?

The day trip to Pyin Oo Lwin, recommended to us by a couple we’d met in Bagan and then met again on Lake Inle, was the best trip we took. At this cave complex there were very few other tourists and everyone said hello to us, asked us to take their photo or asked if they could have their photo taken with us! Obviously a fair number of them had never seen a European before and the photo opportunity was too good to miss. We were always happy to oblige and no one objected if I asked to take their photo.

What does ‘wet’ mean to you? See how other people interpreted it here

I’ve opted to share some vivid colours for this week’s DP challenge. The most vivid colours I’ve seen in my life were in Rajasthan. There we saw colours that I could never even imagine existed and that I’ve certainly never seen in our cooler European climes.

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Jodhpur market

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mountains of watercolour paint for sale in Pushkar. Oh how I wish I’d bought some of these

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vegetable vendors in Pushkar

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colourful embroideries on sale in Pushkar

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a camel cart in Pushkar

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the peacock room

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the golden room

Both of these rooms were in the painted haveli hotel we stayed in, in Mandawa. Unfortunately our humble room was nothing like as resplendent as these two!

The work of a gold beater is very hard. Each tiny piece of gold needs to be hammered for hours to achieve the required thin-ness. They can only work for a short time before having to take a rest.

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The hammered sheets are then individually packaged ready for use – sometimes to be used in the making of the traditional lacquerware, sometimes to be sold in the temples where the faithful will apply the sheets to the statues of Buddha.

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In some of the temples, Maha Muni for example in Mandalay, only the men may apply the gold leaf to the Buddha statues. Images of this are broadcast on big screens around the shrine. Lesser mortals like women and foreigners have to watch from afar.

Do handmade things appeal to you? Do you make a point of buying handmade things rather than mass-produced? Do you make things by hand yourself?

Sharing with Ailsa

Collage Obsession

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Sunday Stills: circles

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St Mathias church, Budapest

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Szechenyi baths mosaic ceiling, Budapest

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hot air balloon in Cappadocia

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icon in the icon museum, Girne, N. Cyprus

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stained glass window at Chambercombe Manor, N. Devon

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ferris wheel, Luxembourg

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Su Mei Tse’s installation in the Mudam, Luxembourg

sharing with Sunday Stills

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a modern take on an ancient stone circle at Campo del sole on Lake Trasimeno, Italy

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the Harmonic Fields sonic installation in Dorset

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animal sculpture in human pose (Luxembourg)

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this hand sculpture in Ettelbruck (Luxembourg) gives me the creeps with all its little mouths

Do you like modern art? I’m not always a great fan but sometimes it surprises and delights me.

sharing with Ailsa and other travel themers

I have decided to enter the See Me Exposure 2015 competition in order to gain a bit more exposure for my digital art creations.

In order to be eligible to participate in the Vox Populi (voice of the public) part of the competition I need a minimum of 100 votes and 100 original comments on the voting page. After voting you need to scroll down the page to leave a comment. I would be very grateful if you would vote for me and add a comment. Just click on the link above.

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Thank you!

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