I got back from Vietnam earlier this week. Tomorrow (Monday) I leave for France. So this has been a brief respite with my family here in California. Maybe time for mind over matter considering the substantial time-zone shifts in two different directions! A time for catching up and being together, and also a time for catching up by processing a few of the images from my recent travels.
Entering the Hang En Cave
To get to the Son Doong Cave you must first enter Hang En, then pass through the cave to exit into the hidden valley that contains the entrance to Son Doong. This panoramic composite shows the entrance of Hang En, looking out from just inside.
Mountains of the Far North
The otherworldly aspect of the mountainous landscape in the far north of Vietnam is partially offset in this image by the farm and fields sown int he foreground.
Related story: Mountains near Meo Vac.
I had fun photographing this girl beside the road, who was very friendly and I believe about the age of my daughter Katie Rose.
Related story: Flower Hmong Girl.
These restaurants are in the bay opposite Cat Ba Island’s largest city. You call them, and they send out a launch. Photographed from the rooftop bar of our hotel in Cat Ba.
Related story: Cat Ba Island Sunset.
I photographed these fishing boats with a moderate telephoto focal length along the estuary in Dong Hoi, a provincial capital.
Related story: Yesterday and Tomorrow.
Saigon Fine Art Museum Stair
The Fine Art Museum in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) houses an undistinguished collection that is poorly displayed. However, the buildings themselves of the museum, although badly in need of some maintenance, have some quite interesting French IndoChine architectural touches. The spiral stair in the building housing the antiquities part of the collection is shown here in two iPhone images.