Recently I spent a week up north in the Mae Hong Son province in Pai and was captivated by the beautiful scenery, blue skies, and the cleanest air you can imagine.  The weather was cool and the vistas breathtaking.  The experience was so different I had to remind myself I was still in Thailand

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F8  1/500th  24mm ISO 100

 

Recently I spent a week up north in the Mae Hong Son province in Pai and was captivated by the beautiful scenery, blue skies, and the cleanest air you can imagine.  The weather was cool and the vistas breathtaking.  The experience was so different I had to remind myself I was still in Thailand.  

 

While I was mentally taking in the differences I was suddenly artistically transported to the great northwest of the United States and like terrain and landscapes.  Everything I had learned there, now applied in Thailand.

 

This image is significant because it was a type of artistic portal taking me to the other side of the world with my art, yet remaining in Thailand with my camera.  Have you had a similar experience?  Even the roads reminded me of the Umpqua or Crater Lake National Forests.

 

 

For a week it was like being in another country.  A good friend took the time to show me around and it was and still is greatly appreciated.  Thank you Eyal!  Almost from the moment I left Chiang Mai I could notice huge differences in scenery, but as I climbed in altitude up road 1095 the air became more fresh, and the scenery more beautiful.  It’s a tough road, especially as it was raining.  I took it slow and careful, and 5-6 hours later I arrived in Pai.  The return trip made when it was dry took a 1/3rd of the time.  This is probably a good time to note that on the way up I passed accident after accident where people were in a hurry.  Some of the wrecks were being winched up 50-100 meters or more.

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F8  1/80th  48mm  ISO 100

 

For a week it was like being in another country.  A good friend took the time to show me around and it was and still is greatly appreciated.  Thank you Eyal!  Almost from the moment I left Chiang Mai I could notice huge differences in scenery, but as I climbed in altitude up road 1095 the air became more fresh, and the scenery more beautiful.  It’s a tough road, especially as it was raining. 

 

I took it slow and careful, and 5-6 hours later I arrived in Pai.  The return trip made when it was dry took a 1/3rd of the time.  This is probably a good time to note that on the way up I passed accident after accident where people were in a hurry.  Some of the wrecks were being winched up 50-100 meters or more.

 

 

Every third or fourth bend in the road revealed a surprise such as this beautiful wat perched on the edge of the cliff overlooking the valley below.  Sure, it was raining and I got soaked to the skin running around in outside taking these pictures, and then froze as my air conditioner kept my windshield clear, but it was worth it!  Maybe if I’d brought Stick along with me I could have talked him into taking the pictures for me while I remained dry behind the wheel.. ;o)

Canon 5d Mark II, 24-70mm F2.8L USM  @F5.6 1/200th  70mm  ISO 200

 

Every third or fourth bend in the road revealed a surprise such as this beautiful wat perched on the edge of the cliff overlooking the valley below.  Sure, it was raining and I got soaked to the skin running around outside taking these pictures, and then froze as my air conditioner kept my windshield clear, but it was worth it!  Maybe if I’d brought Stick along with me I could have talked him into taking the pictures for me while I remained dry behind the wheel.. ;o) 

 

Overall I had a very positive experience in Mae Hong Son and I look forward to preparing more significant articles for the coming weeks column(s).  Because the weather was often such a challenge, a lot of processing needs to be done so it takes some time.  Still, I think the results are well worth the time.  What do you think?