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BH11 01  Starting a new Bhutan series today with the classic view of Taktshang Gompa (Tigers Nest) looking wonderful in the afternoon sun. I am still in Bhutan for a few more days after my wife and I led our first photography expedition here. Our group approached Taktshang in two different ways. Half via the classic route and its 800 steps and the other half descending 1200 metres through scattered snow after camping overnight at 3800M at Bumdra.

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BH11 04 One of the few remaining traditional shops in the Bhutan’s capital Thimphu which I will leave today. The capitals population has more than doubled in the last decade. It’s been interesting to move about Thimphu without the responsibilities of a tour for a few days, take time for my own images and think through options for future expeditions.

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BH 25  ….and a final image for this series of the fading light at the end our accent to Bumdra. The gods own country…..

When I get a chance in 2012 I will work on a series from a wonderfully intimate festival we visited but for now thats all from Bhutan.

We are in the process of planning photography tours for Oct/Nov 2012. Leave your name here if you want more information when it’s finalised end January. Last year the trip filled in a few days so its worth putting your name down.

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BH11 07 a series at the archery: draw, ‘loose’, watch  The weekend archery at Thimphu. Archery is the national sport and while  compound bows are popular, there are traditional bow competitions as well. I did try pulling one of these bows and can report I would be lucky to draw back one inch on one like this. I also could barely see the target 120 metres away. info here

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BH 24   I will end this Bhutan series for now with a week of images I find most personally interesting sometimes despite their technical imperfections. This last kitchen scene is our friend Namgay’s mum back home in the house she misses after a week visiting family in the capital and always finds a reason to return to. The simple kitchen where life happens in Bhutan and the wonderful family shrine rooms seem to me to say a lot about this countries value and integrity.

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BH11 16  This week is from the top of our little trek at Bumdra itself. Bumdra means ‘the rock of a thousand footprints’. The name refers to it being visited by 100,00 dakinis. It has also been visited by an emanation of the goddess Tara during the 11th century. This image is our camp set up for our arrival complete with light snow.

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BH11 15  The last of a week of forest images from the hike up to Bumdra. Sometimes I think in terms of ‘seeing the forest for the trees’ , that bits of trees gives more of a feeling than the whole. So here are some detail images.This is of snow caught and frozen in the trees

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