Sunday, January 31, 2016

Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi

Also known as the Spiney-flower mantis.  Additional information here.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Armored Snowcat

This Tucker snow cat was used as a prop in the movie "The Last Airbender".  It was reported to actually drive.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Random signage

Displayed in a sidewalk "restaurant" in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Side car cutie

Chiang Mai

We flew two hours north of Bangkok to Chiang Mai this morning.  The chaos of the capital has been replaced by the laid back attitude of Chiang Mai.  Sunday is the large street market day and it was fun to be a part of the spectacle.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Let's meet for lunch


Chinatown Lotus

The mean streets of Bangkok's Chinatown would be rough on a nice Lotus.

Fresh frogs

Should you ever visit Bangkok and find yourself in need of fresh frogs the Chatuchak Weekend Market will probably be able to supply your needs.

Friday, January 8, 2016


Public toilets in Asia are a mix of various designs.  They range from a simple hole in the floor and move up from there.  This particular model has the added danger of falling.  A person would step up and place their feet on the ribbed portion on each side. Once you are properly positioned you bend your knees and squat over the opening and proceed with the task at hand.  Wearing some form of trousers?  Take them off and hang them on the wall hook after entering the stall.  Toilet paper?  Maybe or maybe not- but if it does the soiled paper goes in the waste basket.   Some only provide a source of water for clean up.  This particular model actually flushes and there was toilet paper available.  Areas that see a number of tourists are usually equipped with squatters as well as the more familiar (to Westerners) porcelain thrones.

Buddha, Buddha, Buddha


How can something that smells so awful, tastes so bad and has an odd texture find so much love from the people of Southeast Asia?  Read a review here.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Tree Props

Wooden props are being used in an effort to keep this large tree upright. Good luck with that

River Power

Tiller mounted turbo charged diesel engines move boats quickly up and down Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016


Apparently a local witch is security conscious enough to lock up her ride and hopefully discourage Bangkok thieves.

Sukhothai Traimit Golden Buddha

After four flights totaling 24 hours I was able to gaze upon the Sukhothai Traimit Golden Buddha in Chinatown, Bangkok. Even in the grip of 1st degree jet lag the 700 year old solid gold Buddha was a spectacular sight.  Read the history of this Buddha image here.