This is a typical offering area in a temple where the monk on duty (I’m guessing) sits and chants and people can give donations to the monks. This is a typical money tree is what I call it but I’m sure its called something else. You put the donation in a little slot on the stick. Thais not being overly wealthy usually give small offerings like the 20 Baht bills you see predominately in the image. I really like how the colors came out so rich in this image.
The Buddha of Fort Myers (least I think). If this guy was in Thailand he would be covered in offerings. While the weather down here in Florida is similar to Thailand I much prefer the real thing.
Used DxO Viewpoint to change the perspective of the image to get it so it didn’t look like it was shot on a 118 degree viewpoint lens!
The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho located in Bangkok. If there is a tourist trap in Bangkok bigger than the Grand Palace this would be it. You get charged to go in and they herd you through as fast as possible. They truck the tourists in by the bus loads and its not really that great of an experience. Most Wats (Temples) in Thailand are pretty laid back with groups of people chatting and visiting, you have monks and nuns running around and everything is just sorta calm and relaxing. If you want to get a moment you go into a sala (call it a room in translation) that has a Buddha in it and you can do some praying if you like. Wat Pho has this believe it or not but you have to leave the tourist path which isn’t made obvious to most people. Luckily I had a guide and I had the knowledge of Thailand to know you can wander all over the Wat grounds and not have any issues. So I got to see the real Wat Pho other than the Reclining Buddha and the hordes of trucked in tourists.
* WOW! This would be my 300th post between this site and the original Tumblr. Go me! *