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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Fabulous Faces of Bhutan

It's hard to believe that two years have passed and I am just now finishing my portraits of Bhutan. I hope you enjoy seeing their faces.  It was a blissful experience meeting them in person and I treasure these moments to visit them once again.

A group of women on a lunch break.

Holiday trekking up to a local temple in Monjar.

Children are joyously welcomed in Bhutan - girls and boys.

There is no government pension for the elderly,but working men and women
are guaranteed paid leave to attend to family health needs.

A novice priest at a day-long Buddhist ceremony to cleanse a home.

Nursery school teacher leads the students in singing,
"The wheels of the bus go round and round."
Education is free, but not compulsory.

Bhutan has four branches of military: the Army, the Royal Bodyguards,
the Militia  and the Royal Police. Being landlocked, they have no need for a navy.
There is a recent YouTube about an air force, which was not in existence in 2014.

Military and dancer chatting at the Dochula Druk Wangyal Festival 2014.

Artist at the Rigne School of Traditional Art in Trashiyangtse.

Security Guard at a temple.

Keeping warm at a festival.

Captured by the ceremony at Dochula Pass.

Sonam Logay, my first guide, who caught me as I fell in love with Bhutan.

A handsome man at Jungshi paper factory in Thimphu.

A nomad from the north. She sold our guide fresh herbs.

A woman collecting firewood; her mouth is red with betel leaf and areca nut.
Sometimes children chew it for their elders as they age and lose teeth.

In the market in Thimphu.

Woman at a small store along the road.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Faces of Bhutan - Children

There's no greater joy for a portrait photographer than to spend a day in a natural setting capturing living moments with people of all generations. These photographs were taken at various locations in Bhutan during my travels in December 2013. Watch for further posts of Faces in Bhutan

Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.     William Martin

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they do not belong to you.  Khalil Gibran

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.  Albert Einstein

  It is easier to build strong children, than repair broken men.  Frederick Douglass

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.  Nelson Mandela

Some of my happiest moments were knowing all my children were safe and asleep in bed.  Gretchen Estrup

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.  Carl Jung

The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.  Mark Twain

 There rate only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children.  Jim Henson

Accept the children the way we accept trees - with gratitude, because they are a blessing… You don't expect trees to change, you love them as they are.  Isabel Allende

Children learn to smile from their parents.  Shinichi Suzuki

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