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More Buddhas, and more mother of pearl inlay work. This is in a different building on another tour.  In the third, you can see my reflection taking the picture.  Incredibly tiny pieces of MOP, creating fantastic pictures.
The monk looking at Buddha is my favorite shot, one of the best pictures I took my entire three months.  The monk was touring like the rest of us, he was even holding a camera in front, hidden in this view.  And more of the elephants.
And did I say more of the elephants?  This Buddha is the largest cast bronze seated Buddha in Thailand. The measurements are in the third picture.  The arm fell off at one point, and was part of the restoration.  When they first built it, it was outdoors, stayed that way for decades.  The last picture and the first of the next row are from another ruin.  This was curious because of the plastic dolls left along the edge by way of offerings.  Literally Thai versions of Barbie and such.  Didn't know what was going on there.
These boats are their version of tug boats.  All they do is tug.  You'll notice the Fisher-Price like toy boat hook in the back, holding the rope.  Yes, this is how they tugged the barges.  Yours truly had a simple question for our tour guide.  "How do they stop the barge?"  "Well, they unhook the ropes from the front, the tug moves around back, retie/rehook the ropes, then slow the barge to a stop."  

You must remember I grew up along the Ohio river, spent many years watching river barge traffic ply the waters. Tugboats there are solidly connected to the barges they're moving.  A real problem along barge traffic rivers is runaway barges, that is, barges floating without a tugboat attached to them. They run into things, like bridge abutments, sometime knocking down roads.

It took me a long time to stop laughing.  To their credit, the barge strings didn't seem more than 3 long, at least in this river. And I'm guessing they've been doing this for years.  But it still seems wrong.

That bridge in the daytime.  And more Buddhas.  The last picture shows all seven Buddha "styles" from the Thai Buddhist tradition. This was a set up where you could give an offering, and help by ladling a small amount of the oil into the lamp of the Buddha of your choice, to keep his(her?) flame going. 

 In the third, a guy was draping the red shawl as we watched.  And through the doors behind that Buddha, was a room in the temple, with another Buddha.

Bats in the belfry of a temple.  For folks interested, I've a short mpeg of them flying.  And a short mpeg of Liz and I flying, on motorcycle taxies through night traffic in Bangkok.  And a short audio mpeg of the screaming betting going on during a Manila cockfight we attended.  And maybe some others stuff, too large to post here.  I can mail the mpegs directly to anyone asking.

Lastly, another food shot for all of Liz's friends worried about her obsession with food during our stay in the Philippines.  This would end it.  A nice collection of grasshoppers, grubs and other beetles, all crispy fried. I think the proprietor was extolling the vintage and virtues of her tree caterpillars to me.   Snacks anyone??  

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