Morning Offerings

I went to the beach in Koh Samed both mornings I had the pleasure of visiting the Island. Like clockwork, with the first moments of sunrise, these three Buddhist monks made their trek along the beach accepting offerings from the people, giving blessings in return. I tried to find one of those sweet orange robes…

Monochrome Monday: Man In Sunglasses

There was a time in my photography that I preferred taking scenic pictures to people pictures. That is no longer the case. However, there is an intimacy to photographing people that still intimidates me. It frequently (though less so now) feels like I am intruding into a world to which I am not invited, possibly…

Monochrome Monday: Lady On A Boat

I saw this woman on the boat while we were heading back to the Thai mainland from Koh Samed. By the standards of Western media, she would not be considered beautiful. Her face has some wrinkles, her hair had significant elements of graying. Both are signs of aging and, if we would believe the spew of the…

Monochrome Monday: Ornamented Man

This man was on the boat with us leaving Koh Samed Island in Thailand. On the Island, the Westerner’s significantly outnumbered the locals. The ink on his arm adds a nice touch to the jewelry and streaks of white in his beard. I love the deep lines etched into his face by time. LIke most…

Beach Food

The beach vendors on Koh Samed island walked up and down the beach the entire day carrying their burdens on bending poles supported on their shoulders. This woman carried all the fixins for a lovely lunch including a grill to ensure the meat was served piping hot. At one time in my life, I worked food service…

Morning Monks

My feet were buried in the cool sand this early morning as I sat awaiting the magical moment when the sun crests the horizon and casts it’s glow upon me as I watched from the shore of Koh Samed, Thailand. Three Buddhist monks in saffron robes daily walked up the beach gathering morning offerings and, in…