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More Monks of Bhutan

February 5th, 2013
Monks of Trongsa Dzong in Bhutan

Since there are so many Monks in Bhutan I can hardly only put up one image, so here are a few more.  Mostly photographed in the Dzongs and temples of  Punakha, Trongsa, Thimpu and Bumthang.

Path to Enlightenment

It seems the Monks are used to being photographed, I guess they are an easy target, but if you are on the path to enlightenment being magnanimous with a group of photographers is just one small test along the way.  Either way they were all very friendly and obliging, or perhaps gracious is a better description.

Don’t forget to click on the images to see the bigger (and better) version.  All three of these images were shot on the Canon 5D Mk II   with a Canon 24-105mm f4L

Monks of Punhaka Dzong in Bhutan

Bhutan Photographic Tour 2013.

The  dates for the Bhutan photo tour for 2013 are up!  I have redone the whole tour for 2013 and reduced the number of participants to a maximum of 10 people to ensure plenty of personal contact time.  You can read about the new Bhutan photo tour for October 2013 on this page

Dancing Monks of Bhutan

December 19th, 2012
Costumed dancers in a Dance festival in Bumthang, Bhutan

During many of the festivals in Bhutan (a country with lots of festivals), they act out their traditional stories in dance.  Most of the stories are quite incomprehensible to the uninitiated without a guide explaining them, but they are fantastic to watch and exciting to be a part of the enthusiastic crowd as the dancers whirl around the coutyard with their costumes flaring out in bright vibrant colours and patterns.

Costumed dancer in a Dance festival in Bumthang, Bhutan
Black Hat Dance
Costumed dancer in a Dance festival, Bumthang province, Bhutan
Black Hat Dance 2

Monasteries, Dzongs and Festivals

For many of the festivals, especially those in the Monasteries and Dzongs (temple fortress), the dancers are often the local Monks.  During my recent photographic tour of Bhutan we all saw many temples and Dzongs, but generally photography is forbidden within the inner sanctums of the temples themselves (fair enough i reckon, got to have some privacy).  Well imagine our surprise when we were standing (quiet and respectful) outside the temple door of the Trongsa Province Dzong watching while the Monks rehearsed their dances, when one of the senior Monks invited us in to take photos!

The light was streaming through the ancient windows behind the Monks and falling onto the old planked hardwood flooring creating a stunning backdrop to set off the deep red and saffron robes of the whirling Monks.  It was a magical experience, and was very hard to leave.

Dancing Monks of Bhutan
Dancing Monks of Bhutan
Dancing Monks of Trongsa Dzong

Bhutan Photo Tour 2013 dates released

The itinerary and the dates for the Bhutan Photography tour for 2013 have been finalised and booked.  I have reworked the whole itinerary and reduced the numbers of this photographic tour down to a maximum of 10 people to ensure a better and more rewarding experience for all.  You can read about this exciting new photo tour to Bhutan right here.

Portrait of Bhutan

December 6th, 2012
Bhutan Carpenter Portrait.  Bhutan Photo tour with Adam monk
Bhutan carpenter.  Bhutan Photo tour with Adam monk

These are random shots from a roadside stop on the way to Trongsa Dzong in central Bhutan shot on one of my Bhutan Photo tours.  This fellow and the rest of his team were in the process of putting up a viewing platform shelter on the opposite side of the valley from the Trongsa Dzong (temple fortress).  

And like almost all officially placed lookout platforms, it was in the wrong place!  It was situated directly opposite the Dzong and the view was very uninspired, the workers themselves were much more interesting, this fellow in particular.  He has such a lovely open face, and the light was just right.  I got some more interesting pictures of the Dzong later.

Trongsa Province, Central Bhutan.  Shot with a Canon 5D Mk II, 24-105mm f4L lens.

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