White Spider Orchids

White Spider Orchids, photographed in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Jim Newberry.

I ran across these glorious beauties a few days ago here in Chiang Mai.

Sugar and Gaow at a Chiang Mai Fish Spa

Chiang Mai fish spa. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Here’s Sugar (at left, yawning) with Nattapol “Gaow” Nukulkham at a fish spa near Tha Phae Gate. Gaow is a Chiang Mai University photography student who has assisted me on several shoots. You can see a couple of his fine photographs here.

[br] A fish spa is a place where a person exchanges hard-earned money for the opportunity to allow Garra rufa fish to dine on the flesh of their lower legs and feet. Might be a good way for pescetarians and carnivores to rebalance their karma. [br] [br] [br]

Burmese-Thai border

Street photograph near the border of Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). Photo by Jim Newberry.

I shot this on March 3, 2014, in Burma, very close to the Burmese-Thai border gate. And in case anyone is curious about whether this Southeast Asian nation should be called Burma or Myanmar, I defer to Aung San Suu Kyi, who says Burma (see the last question in this interview in The Hindu.

Asplenium nidus

Bird's-nest fern, shot in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Jim Newberry.

This of course is an Asplenium nidus  (or for you philistines, a “Bird’s-eye fern”), which I found on a walk in beautiful Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

OK, I had no idea what kind of plant this was, but thanks to Facebook I had it identified in no time. So in addition to being a time-sucking, soul-crushing, privacy-invading, seemingly unavoidable stain on humanity, the social media site can actually, occasionally, be useful. Tip of the “like” thumb to David Broadfoot.

Mangoes

Mangoes photographed in a street market in Chiang Mai, Thailand, by Jim Newberry.

Mangoes photographed in a street market in Chiang Mai, Thailand, by Jim Newberry.

Mangoes. Lots of them. Warorot Market, March 4th, 2014.

Child’s-eye view, Chiang Mai street market

Street photo in Chiang Mai, Thailand by Jim Newberry.

Sometimes it’s good to alter your vantage point; seems like whenever I crouch down to get low angle shots, something interesting happens. At the Warorot street market as usual, March 4th, 2014.

Gutter of Stars

Motorbike reflected in puddle, looks like it's in the sky with stars. Photo by Jim Newberry.

 

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars,” Lord Darlington famously said in Oscar Wilde’s play Lady Windermere’s Fan (and of course more recently quoted by Chrissie Hynde in the Pretenders’ track Message of Love). This photo is un-retouched, other than overall contrast/brightness adjustments. Shot near Chiang Mai Gate, February 24th, 2014.