“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
Robert Louis Stevenson
This week’s photo challenge “Foreign” was one an easy one for me. Of all my travels, Southeast Asia felt by far the most different and unfamiliar. I could include many images from that journey that illustrate the point. From the field workers above in their iconic triangle hats, to the family below going about their business.
From the Hmong grandmother with her beautiful grandchild
To the curious sign below (does the English phrase “Food and Beverage” help us to understand the menu in any way?????).
But to me, the most interesting, curious and essentially foreign element of this beautiful land was the omnipresence of the monks. Immediately recognizable in their bright orange robes, we saw them everywhere.
Taking a break…
Or catching a ride.
There is nothing quite as effective in expanding your understanding of the world and the people in it, as seeing first-hand how they go about their own lives. As Mark Twain said:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”
And somehow, foreign is no longer the same as strange 🙂
- Side by Side – Nikkor 18-200mm @200mm, F/5.6, 1/160, ISO 200
- Family Transportation – Nikkor 18-200mm @170mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO 320
- Happy Grandmother – Nikkor 18-200mm @200mm*, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO 800
- Lunch Anyone? – Nikkor 18-200mm @90mm, f/5.3, 1/13, ISO 200
- Monk at Work – Nikkor 18-200mm @105mm, f/5.3, 1/30, ISO 3200
- Monk Shopping – Nikkor 70-200mm @200mm, f/2.8, 1/500, ISO 360
- Three Monks – Nikkor 70-200mm @135mm*, f/3.2, 1/640, ISO 200
- Monks at Angkor Wat – Nikkor 18-200mm @170mm, f/5.6, 1/25, ISO 400
- Monk with the News- Nikkor 18-200mm @ 112mm, f/5.3, 1/30, ISO 3200
- Monk on a Motorbike-Nikkor 18-200mm @135mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO 200
Note: All photos taken with Nikon D/300s