The Road to Kathmandu

Almost exactly two years after Morocco, my cameras and I are back on the trail again. Where? I originally booked to go to Patagonia, but after Top Gear were run out of town on a rail that got cancelled. Then … Continue reading

Thursday, November 12, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

After the Overture, the Performance

It turns out that the descent into Kathmandu was just a warm-up act. The flight from Kathmandu to Paro is only about and hour and a quarter, in a 50-seat propeller plane, but I can’t think of any short, scheduled … Continue reading

Getting Shooting

After all the travelling, it was good to get our teeth into a solid day of photography. The day starts with a pre-breakfast, pre-dawn wander around the hotel. However as a result of an extremely cold bedroom my night’s sleep … Continue reading

Friday, November 13, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog

The Rinpung Zhong

While I rather liked the detail shot from yesterday, I realised that I should really post something showing the grand buildings, so here is a view of the Rinpung Zhong from the nearby river. The interesting thing is that the … Continue reading

Saturday, November 14, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

Long Drive, but Worth It

On Saturday we do a long loop drive via the Chelela Pass, which links the Paro Valley to the one which borders Tibet, and then back round the end of the valley. The pass is at 13,000 feet, and the … Continue reading

Sunday, November 15, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

To Thimpu

6am: I’ve just woken up and we have to repack and get out early, and there are no lights, so while I can see to type (and the Wifi is working, oddly), I can’t see a bloody thing otherwise. This … Continue reading

Culture and Food

We’ve had another good day. We start at the National Memorial Chorten (a sort of shrine), which is very busy but I get some good shots of old ladies cleaning all the brass lamps, and then the brass lamps burning. … Continue reading

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

The Golden Bhudda

Self explanatory, I hope! Continue reading

Of Temples, Portals and Knobs…

We leave Thimphu via a small mountain road which climbs rapidly our of the city towards the north-east. We are treated to great views of the Buddha, which although below the summit is brilliantly positioned and visible from all over … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

In Close

I’ve discovered that I’m tending to go to extremes with my lenses on this trip. The shot in the previous post used the 12-35mm at 12mm. This shot was taken down into the Punakha valley from above, using the 100-300mm … Continue reading

Tantric Temple

After a very meagre breakfast (breakfasts are getting steadily worse while the other meals may be improving slightly), we have a short drive and then start off by walking up to a temple which nestles on a hilltop below some … Continue reading

Thursday, November 19, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

The Monastery Institute

After a somewhat later start, we drive up a steep mountain road to Nalanda Monastery Institute, basically a training school for Buddhist monks, with several of the initiates only 6 years of age. It’s ironic that these boys are entering … Continue reading

Friday, November 20, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

From Nobgang to Bumthang…

Via Nobding (with more phalluses) – I couldn’t make this up if I tried! Today was essentially a very long and somewhat boring drive, to the “alpine” bit of Bhutan. Although start and end are probably only 50km apart as … Continue reading

Saturday, November 21, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Thoughts on the World, Travel

Bhumtang Yiddle-I-Po

Well, Bhumtang may well be a land of breath-taking sweeping vistas and intriguing details, but my room overlooks the local timber yard, and it looks very cold out. I start the day with a bath. The hotel is a triumph … Continue reading

On the Road Again

We have a 4.30 start for the long drive back to Punakha. I grumble a bit but this turns out to be a good call and our misty and cold but unaccompanied drive to Tsonga completes in an hour less … Continue reading

Monday, November 23, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

Bread Delivery

Some of you will know that I have an unerring knack to home in on bread, wherever it is and in whatever form. I couldn’t possibly miss this shot! Continue reading

Co-operative Macaques

These friendly fellas were just sitting on the roadside yesterday, part of a larger troupe, but this is one of the best shots. Apologies for the somewhat obvious maleness of the one on the left, but given the number of … Continue reading

Just So You Understand What I’m On About

Typical roadside shot. Note the vehicle coming the other way… I’m full of admiration for our driver, Chorten, who has managed long drives in very difficult conditions, safely, accurately and as smoothly as the roads and vehicle allow! Continue reading

The Return to Paro

Another fairly early start. I’m feeling a bit wobbly, as are some of the others, but we put this down to maybe a bit more beer than ideal last night, as a form of anaesthetic after the long drive. We … Continue reading

To The Tiger’s Nest

Well I did it! This is Paro Taktsang, otherwise known as the Tiger’s Nest, a monastery founded in the 15th Century which sits on a cliff edge over 1000m above the floor of the Paro Valley. Apart from the obvious … Continue reading

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

Oh Well…

You’d think that with tens of thousands of pounds worth of equipment, umpteen years of experience and an undying dedication to their art, 12 other photographers could take a nice picture of me. However, this was the handicraft of a … Continue reading

Return to Kathmandu

We have an early start to our return journey, bidding farewell to Bhutan in the dark. The flight back to Kathmandu is eventless, except for a slight argument about which mountain is Everest! Between somewhat poorer viewing conditions, an unfamiliar … Continue reading

Thursday, November 26, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Travel

The World’s Worst Panorama – 2015

It’s become a bit of a tradition that on the last night of these trips I try and take a panoramic picture of the group, usually under lighting, compositional and alcohol level challenges which would try a saint! I’m quite … Continue reading

Last Light

Bhutan: What Worked and What Didn’t Sorry it’s been quiet for a couple of weeks. Inevitably there’s catching up to do on the return from a trip, plus I’ve had a couple of practical challenges before I could start properly … Continue reading

Friday, December 11, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

Bhutan: What Technology Worked, and What Didn’t

Bhutan isn’t especially demanding on equipment. If your style of photography is similar to mine you will need a wide range of focal lengths, from ultra-wide (for when there’s limited space in front of a large building) to long telephoto … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

A Surprisingly Tricky Subject

This really shouldn’t difficult. The image above is from the entrance to the Rinpung Dzong, in Paro. It’s a series of pictures of Buddhist deities which have been painted on bits of cloth, glued to the wall, and joined at … Continue reading

Tuesday, December 22, 2015 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

A Splash of Colour

No deep philosophical observations today, but with the weather swinging between cold and misty, and mild and murky, I thought it would be nice to brighten things up a bit. I’m working through the remaining shots from Bhutan, before another … Continue reading

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel

A "Found" Quadtych

The blog has been looking a bit light on pictures recently. Meanwhile I’m beavering away trying to finish tidying up the Bhutan pics before I’m off to Burma in February. This morning I discovered a series of four similar close-ups … Continue reading

Friday, January 6, 2017 in Bhutan Travel Blog, Photography, Travel