A young Bhutanese girl at the Punaka teschu
Dressed in their finest for a festival the Bhutanese are not too shy about being photographed (note photographers reflection top left-- oops).
A dancer at the Punaka teschu in fancy costume including his black hat.
A young girl concentrating on her weaving
The Punaka Dzong in the early morning light
Each revolution of the prayer wheel repeats a prayer as she walks around the central chorten
The Tiger's Nest monastery sits high up on the hill side. It's a long hike up.
Two young monks in Paro
Hey maybe with this cape I can fly
Prayer flags of many colors each with their own significance
The beautiful colors of the school room for young monks in Paro. Are we wondering about them, or are they wondering about us?
Counting the 108 beads to accompany 108 prayers. Old hands, old beads, an act oft repeated in Bhutan
Sitting in the kitchen despite the smoke in Jakar Bumtang Bhutan
And her companion in conversation with 108 beads
The faces of Bhutan are often aged and creased, but this old man like many others would pose for only a few moments as we were interfering with his chores.
A young monk doing chores in Wangdue
The flute player at work
The delighted flute player
Beautiful rhodedendrons line the roads in central Bhutan
The gong awaits its turn to summon the monks to class in Trongsa
The senior Monk, Trongsa Bhutan confident in his poise and pose
These guys play lawn darts with gusto and for keeps
The weaver's supplies at her side
Carrying in the crop. A boy at the road side pauses for a moment in Eastern Bhutan
Prayer flags line the hillside below the chorten
It's 6 AM and she's carrying a large heavy load of wood down the hillside to the village already. She's smiling because I was an excuse to stop and rest.
A ceremonial fire as new prayer flags are raised at the chorten
The local lay monk saying the requisite prayers to bless our prayer flags
Grandma watches over me.
A masked figure at the festival
Contemplating her prayers and the prayer wheel
The prayer flag printer
He takes great pride in his work
When visiting the temples young monks and the color red are everywhere.
Making butter offerings
All ages particpate in turning the prayer wheels which come in every imaginable size
A horned figure in fancy dress for a local teschu
Studying the texts
Weaving with great skill and dedication
The flag at sunset at a local monastery high on a hill
A band of brothers?
Well they seem friendly
Still rather fearsome up close and personal.
A family's artifacts gathered over generations on display.
Horses are an important mode of transport still. There were no paved roads in Bhutan before 1959.
A herder come to town in the early morning