Twisted Inside the Fiber

This is a very unusual shot. You probably did not need me to tell you that.
Twisted inside the Fiber

Kung Fu Hustle

Here is an old woman I met in the back streets of Bangkok. She was with her granddaughter and they were serving soup out of their garage / kitchen / home.

Kung Fu Hustle

Abandoned Temple in Thailand

Here is another temple I found while getting lost on purpose through the steamy backroads of Bangkok.

Abandoned Temple

Chinatown in Bangkok

Every now and then I would pass an area of Chinatown which smelled, well, kinda like this…

Chinatown in Bangkok

Flip Flops on the River

I found a little bit of everything in Thailand. Here, while shopping on the river on a Saturday morning, I found a boat full of flip flops. I might have stopped to buy some, but I was busy choking on some unidentifiable fruit that I bought on the previous boat.

Flip Flops on the River

Kids under the Bridge

Here is my longboat captain flying under a bridge in back canals of Thailand at 50 knots. After I pass, the kids go diving wantonly into our wake.

This was certainly a rip-roaring ride and not for the faint of heart. We went off the main river in Bangkok and found ourselves deep into a series of canals surrounded by collapsing metallic homes and colorful happy kids. I didn’t get a chance to ask any of them if they had an XBox Live account. This longboat only cost a few US dollars to rent for a few hours, but you can’t put a price on seeing a variety of dead mammals and mutated pachyderms floating down the river beside you.

Kids on the Bridge

Bangkok Belly Flop

I got the feeling that Buddha was watching me

As I was strolling through this steamy complex of temples, I came across this one just as some stormy clouds were moving in.  Buddha was sitting up there acting all smarmy like he knew everything in his nirvana air-conditioned glassed cave.  I didn’t want enlightenment or anything so grandiose – just a tall cool glass of lemonade would have been fine.  But no, he just sat there.

I have a feeling Buddha is watching me

Thailand Summer Storm

I was blessed (do Buddhists “bless”?) in Thailand with good clouds for HDR pictures. In this one, there was one of those afternoon thunderstorms rolling in about 3 PM. However, the weather there is so hopelessly humid, that there is a fine line between regular humidity and torrential downpour.

After about ten minutes walking around Bangkok, I was covered in sweat and grime. Not the good kind of grime either – the Bangkok kind. I’m normally someone that doesn’t like to be covered in sweat, but you just kinda give up after a few minutes and decide to wallow in it. Even through the sweat, or perhaps because of it, a few locals there thought I was David Beckham, since it is well known that all white people look alike.

I also included a few other pictures from my time in Thailand where I got some good (and lucky) clouds coverage. The second one just happened to mirror the shape of Wat Arun beneath.

Thailand Summer Storm
One Night in Bangkok
Cloud Temple

Afternoon in Bangkok

I don’t know if this picture can convey the stifling heat and the impending afternoon showers, but there was always a fine line between walking around Thailand and soaking in a hot tub. I took this while I was on a leased longboat that was captained by a man that appeared to have little concern for the value of his own life, much less mine.

Afternoon in Bangkok

Veggies

This is the market not too far from the docks in Bangkok. It wasn’t the cleanest place in the world and could not be confused with the sterile aisles of Whole Foods in Austin, but it was still a charming place to experience new strains of Thai bacteria.

Veggies

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