Holy cow! 2017! Its gone, fini, kaput. The older I get the faster time flies. Does anyone else feel that way? I’m really not a conspiracy theorist, but I am pretty sure several minutes are being taken out of each hour when I’m not looking.
As I reflect on this past year, I realize just how fortunate I’ve been. Travels took me back to Vietnam and much of Southeast Asia. Also, Costa Rica. Here are some of my favorites; this time in black and white.
“Desperado,” above, was taken on an old film set near my home.
Every morning before dawn, the fishing fleet returns to a village in Cam Ranh Bay on the coast of southern Vietnam.
Their catch is sold to fishmongers on the quay, who in turn, sell the fish to other wholesalers after much haggling.
Sometimes, when no one is looking, a handful gets stolen by the hungry or disabled.
A salt pond in a moonscape like setting, also, in southern Vietnam.
A woman picks out debris on a mountain of salt. The salt is used primarily for preserving fish.
Villagers return from their rice fields at the end of the day.
A shopkeeper appears to be talking to herself in her mirrored store. Hanoi.
Can never have too many selfies. Hanoi.
A woman returns to her village in northern Vietnam with her head strap basket.
We are offered tea by a village elder. It would be considered rude not to accept.
Threesome stand overlooking the Can Cai Buffalo Market near Bac Ha in northern Vietnam.
Three Chinese tourists out for a morning walkabout in Melaka, Malaysia.
Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“This Must be the Place,” Penang, Malaysia.
A long boat plies the Mekong River near Luang Prabang, Laos.
Elephants parade through Luang Prabang in celebration of the Lao New Year, which is in April.
Great Egret nestlings, Costa Rica.
Sarasota, Florida skyline.
World Rowing Championships, Sarasota, Florida.
Cigar store, Ybor City near Tampa.