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I visited the Kingdom of Bhutan once a long time ago Ö in 2005. Always wanted to return but never had the opportunity.

Bhutan is situated in the Eastern Himalayan mountains at the 8,000 feet level. The 17th Century Tigerís Nest Monastery sits on a sheer rock cliff at 10,000 feet - see image #8. Building of that monastery started in 1692. A visit to Tigerís Nest is a must if you can take the 2-mile hike each way. You can catch a pony up to the cafeteria at the halfway point (where this shot was taken) but you will have to walk down from there. The hike from that point to the monastery is 1 mile. It is steep and difficult Ö but well worth it if you can do it!

Bhutan is a monarchy. It's a poor Buddhist country but itís the least corrupt country in the region as of 2016, according to Wikipedia. It is also the least developed country, so visiting Bhutan is like stepping back in time. Bhutan is notable for pioneering the concept of Gross National Happiness. In spite of the poverty, people there lead simple lives and they are mostly happy. I did not see a single pan-handler when I was there. Here in America (the wealthiest country in the world) you will find them at many traffic stops, and tons of homeless people live on the streets and sleep in makeshift cardboard tents. Go figure.

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May 23, 2020 at 10:30 AM
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May 23, 2020 at 10:33 AM
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May 23, 2020 at 10:35 AM
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A fine set, Booby. Looks like a beautiful country with beautiful people. There's an important story with the last but I'm not sure what it is


May 23, 2020 at 10:44 AM
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Excellent, colorful portraits. I think you captured the soul of that place and its people.

William Rodriguez
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May 23, 2020 at 10:59 AM
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Ha Ha! Thanks Vic!

psharvic wrote:
A fine set, Booby. Looks like a beautiful country with beautiful people. There's an important story with the last but I'm not sure what it is




May 23, 2020 at 12:20 PM
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Thank you, William!

camerapapi wrote:
Excellent, colorful portraits. I think you captured the soul of that place and its people.

William Rodriguez
Miami, Florida.




May 23, 2020 at 12:20 PM
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An overload of excellent images , Bobby! Donít get me wrong, I enjoy them but so many images in a single post.... YGMV!

Joshua



May 23, 2020 at 01:25 PM
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Thank you, Joshua! I am used to seeing twice as many images in 1 post at the Nature & Wildlife Forum. But your point is well taken.

AGeoJO wrote:
An overload of excellent images , Bobby! Donít get me wrong, I enjoy them but so many images in a single post.... YGMV!

Joshua




May 23, 2020 at 02:01 PM
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Great shots that you are sharing with us. The photos bring out the culture in Bhutan. The people there look so happy and positive. Photo #8 is my favorite


May 23, 2020 at 04:13 PM
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Thank you, Craig! She was dressed in a traditional costume of the country and she hiked with us all the way to the Tigerís Nest Monastery dressed like that - on foot! Didnít even want to ride the pony for the first mile hike - I guess it would be awkward riding a pony in a sarong-type dress. She was quite the trooper. We were huffing and puffing all the way to the top. She took it like a walk in the park and looked fresh as a daisy when we got there! We were embarrassed to say the least! Then again we were two 50-year-old farts!

craigsexton wrote:
Great shots that you are sharing with us. The photos bring out the culture in Bhutan. The people there look so happy and positive. Photo #8 is my favorite




May 23, 2020 at 05:26 PM
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The people are beautiful, the women especially! A dentist could stay pretty busy. Gorgeous colors.


May 23, 2020 at 05:59 PM
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Or not! Thanks!

GoodEgg wrote:
The people are beautiful, the women especially! A dentist could stay pretty busy. Gorgeous colors.




May 23, 2020 at 07:01 PM
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Great set of photos. With respect to #19 and #24, I seem to recall from a long ago trip to Bhutan that the phallic symbols are good luck and they adorn many houses.


May 23, 2020 at 10:51 PM
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Thanks Shirley! It was very weird and amusing to us at the same time. Of course, the locals are used to this. They are mostly painting on walls in the rural areas. Some info here:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2017/08/24/world/asia/bhutan-phallus-commercialization-tourism.amp.htm

https://www.google.com/amp/s/theculturetrip.com/asia/bhutan/articles/how-and-why-bhutan-came-to-worship-the-phallus/%3famp=1

dallvr wrote:
Great set of photos. With respect to #19 and #24, I seem to recall from a long ago trip to Bhutan that the phallic symbols are good luck and they adorn many houses.



May 23, 2020 at 11:11 PM
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These are very, very nice, Bobby!


May 23, 2020 at 11:17 PM
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Thank you, Fred!

Fred Amico wrote:
These are very, very nice, Bobby!




May 24, 2020 at 12:40 AM
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An excellent series Bobby! You really have exposures nailed!!!!! So colorful..no competition within each composition for focus! Yeah the last one is indeed a VERY unique mural!!!!
Great job!
Dan



May 24, 2020 at 09:11 AM
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Thanks Dan!

Danpbphoto wrote:
An excellent series Bobby! You really have exposures nailed!!!!! So colorful..no competition within each composition for focus! Yeah the last one is indeed a VERY unique mural!!!!
Great job!
Dan




May 24, 2020 at 10:32 AM
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Bobby,
Awesome set! Bhutan is just magical. canceling my workshops here for 2020 was probably the saddest thing.



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