Upside-down Jellyfish and West Coast Sea Nettle Photographs

The photographs below were taken at the Tennessee Aquarium (Chattanooga) with an iPhone 5S.  To see a larger version of the image, click on the picture.

Photographs from the Tennessee Aquarium (Chattanooga)

The photos on this page were taken with an iPhone 5S. To see a larger version of an image, click on the picture.

Moon Jellyfish at the Tennessee Aquarium (Chattanooga)

The photos below were taken with an iPhone 5S. Click on the photo for an enlarged image.  

Ananda and Shwesandaw Pagodas in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

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We also visited Ananda Pagoda while in Bagan.  Ananda was built between 1105 and 1180 AD, and houses four large, standing Buddhas. One Buddha welcomes visitors with an impish smile.  The statue’s pursed lips seem to hold back a particularly amusing anecdote, which the Buddha will be glad to tell you once you’ve made your … Continue reading

Recording of an English Girl’s First Impressions of Burmah, by Beth Ellis

Before leaving for Myanmar, I read a book called An English Girl’s First Impressions of Burmah, by Beth Ellis. It was a free book, which I downloaded from Project Gutenberg. I have since recorded this book, with the assistance of recording-team members Availle and Kathrine Engan, for Librivox.org. Feel free to download it, and listen at … Continue reading

Photographs of Sulamani Pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

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One of the highlights of our Smartours trip was our visit to Sulamani Temple in Bagan, which was built in 1183. Throughout Myanmar, dogs lay wherever they choose. People walk past them without speaking to them, or making eye contact. Dogs react similarly to passing people. I only heard barking once, when our group crossed an empty … Continue reading

Bagan (Myanmar) – Horse cart ride; Dhammayangyi and Thatbyinnyu Temples

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It’s hard to write about Bagan, because it’s images rather than words that fill my mind. Early in the day, we boarded the tour bus.  But we’d driven only a short way when the guide declared an impromptu photo stop.  A farmer was driving an ox-propelled plow among a collection of stupas. We disembarked, crossed … Continue reading