Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. I’m here in Chiang Mai, my home away from home, where despite it being the rainy season the weather is amazing. Hot enough to enjoy the pool everyday, but not too hot.
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Early last evening as I was heading out for a bite to eat, and to pick up a few things for my Dad’s “Chiang Mai goodie box”, I walked by Wat Bupparam on Thapae Gate Road just as the monks were beginning an evening chant. Buddhist Lent, one of the most important seasons for Buddhists, started about a week ago, so there are lots of opportunities to hear the beautiful chanting. I sat on a bench that looked directly into the temple, and quietly listened for a while. Getting lost in the chanting is magical for me. Then I took a few photos through the temple door. Anyone taking shots of these events needs to use their common sense. This is a ceremony, and photographers should never intrude. I took all my shots from the bottom of the steps, and the side window. Had I gone to the top step I would have been standing directly over a monk. Not a good think to do in the middle of a ceremony (or anytime for that matter). I was still able to get some special shots, like this one.
One more unexpected, free, special moment for this budget traveler on her journey.