Monthly Archive: August, 2013

Young monks can be shy

They come from the countryside, sometimes hours of walk from the main road.

Just like local tourists

We head for the Imperial Palace. But since we are mere commoners, our visit is confined to the East Gardens, which turn out to be beautiful.

A lucky cat

Japan and Borneo – A new series!

Thank you for your patience in viewing my drawn-out series on Yosemite. It’s time for a big change and so, we’re now shifting to Japan, followed by Malaysia and borneo, both places which… Continue reading

Unidentified pilgrim turning his prayer wheel

Man wearing his gho

This picture is of a man. He is wearing his gho. Over the next few days we’ll see many of these.

Last glimpse of our friendly peak

Michael and I try to do Half-Dome every September. We hope that Anne and Steve will come back with us next year! Or would YOU like to come, too?

Save some for next time

No, seriously: we will never do this. Climbing El Capitan? If you do that, you have to hook yourself for the night, hanging down in a sleeping bag. And in the morning, you… Continue reading

Tango gompa

Seeking peacefulness for meditation and study, lamas have traditionally chosen hard-to-reach places with spectacular vistas. This is Tango Gompa (gompa means monastery in drukpa language). It is today a center for Buddhist studies.… Continue reading

White man looking at daring rock-climbers

scaling El Capitan.