Yesterday, my first response to this challenge was a shot with minimal lines. I particularly liked the way the sun seemed to burn through the brow of the hill. But, although I did crop the original, that effect was overwhelmed by the sky and the foreground. Perhaps, if the original had been a raw image rather than jpeg I’d have been able to edit it to achieve what I had in mind. But that’s an entirely different learning curve – one I’m saving for later.
Today’s photo is of the main street in Muang Ngoi, a village on the banks of the Nam Ou River in Northern Laos. At first glance the exotic and dramatic scenery catches the eye. But there’s a sadder, more sinister note to this photo. Those are bomb casings leaning against the fence line. Relics from, what to me is the recent past, the second Indo-China war or what you may know as the Vietnam war. Muang Ngoi was once the capital of the region but it took a thrashing during the war. So much so the capital was moved downstream to Nong Khiaw. A little known fact: Laos is the most heavily bombed country per capita in history.
Today Muang Ngoi is a picturesque town popular with tourists. We visited twice. We had lunch there during our day trip on the Nam Ou River and we called in again, very briefly, on our way to Muang Khua.
Pommepal from gypsy life: Taking time to see the details invited me to join the Black and White 5 day challenge. Check out Pommepal’s photos from day two. It’s a landscape that responds well to black and white.
There are only two rules for this challenge:
1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
2. Each day invite another blogging friend to join in the fun.
My second nominee is desleyjane over at musingsofafrequentflyingscientist. I met her on the WordPress Photo 101 last year. She’s a scientist and she loves to travel. But most importantly she’s mad keen on photography. I’m learning a lot from her photos. Check them out. Blogging is all about having fun so taking up the challenge is, of course, optional.