Sleeper

Sleeper

Frankly, today I’m somewhat jealous. It’s summer now and housing has yet to turn on AC, so I’ve been sleeping with the windows open. Unlike at home, where that ensures a lovely fresh breeze, cricket chirps, frogs, and birdsong, in the Bronx it works out to 6-8 nightly awakenings and a coarse patina of dust. No wonder everyone in the city seems to have anthracosis.

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Tree Walker

Although we visited Myanmar in the rainy season, I almost never unfurled my umbrella. In this case, the tree was more than enough cover.

 

Since I was late on Tuesday, have the color version, as well:

Tree Walker color

Tree Walker color

Down the Mountain

Some weeks ago I posted a shot of ascending the stairs at Pindaya. This is the view from the other end of the stairs. This is only maybe the top quarter of the climb, so we were extremely relieved to find that shortcut. The stairs may wrap the mountain like a web, but evidently we weren’t as strong as Pindaya’s legendary spider.

The Rescue

Since we’re being ridiculous this week, I thought you might enjoy the Disney-esque entrance to the famous caves at Pindaya. Legendarily, a giant spider trapped seven princesses in the cave. Unsurprisingly, the next pure-hearted prince to come along handily defeated the arachnid and, presumably, got his pick of the princesses. In this version, it appears he’s rescuing a groundskeeper instead. Much more altruistic.

Guard Dog

Temple bell in Pindaya. Dogs may be ubiquitous in Myamar, but I never saw one that resembled the Chinese-styled temple guardians. The street dogs are much more democratic in their heritage.

The Stair to Pindaya

The Stair to Pindaya

This is one of my favorite portraits. Of course, I only stopped to take it because I needed a break after a particularly steep stretch of steps. Sometimes laziness is salutory.

The Best Tree

Although fifty years of the junta’s slavering lumber industry stripped Shan State of its teak forests, some truly miraculous trees remain. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to learn the species of this particularly fine example, situated on the outskirts of Pindaya. All I can say is that it was one heckuva great climb, even when wearing tanmei skirts.