Today we photographed one of my favorite small, local markets. This particular market is one of my “secret” spots where no other tourists visit. The Burmese all get a kick out of seeing camera-toting foreigners getting all excited about such “normal” things as tea shops, colorfully displayed fruits and vegetables, fish paste and local woman carrying baskets on their heads.
After our early morning market shoot we boarded our private boat for a 1 and ½ hour trip on the Irrawaddy river, to Mingun village. Mingun is home to the world’s largest ringing bell, weighing in at 87 tons. Mingun is also home to a white-washed pagoda which is the perfect backdrop for photographing saffran-robed monks. Late in the afternoon, we made another stop at U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, to photograph the monks in silhouetted against the orange sky as the crossed the span, heading back to their monasteries. Another amazing day in Myanmar!