I stare into the depths of the pool.
But I’m only greeted with transient surface reflections in response. There’s a dance going on in the water, magnificently orchestrated by tonight’s sultry Bangkok breeze. And it isn’t only in my imagination. Light keeps flickering here and there on this ripple-glazed surface as if to call my attention to the ephemeral nature of all that might seem like present reality. If only I had a camera at hand and a sturdy tripod to capture these reflective experiences. But, alas, my photo gear was locked securely in my hotel room upstairs. At any rate, in this low light I could never capture what I’m feeling at the moment even with an ISO of 3200. What I see bouncing around in my imagination doesn’t last that long and would register only as blurred motion even at this film speed in digital capture. Perhaps “blurred motion” is an appropriate response as I ponder the lightning-bolt path of my next ten years.
This was last night when I celebrated the beginnings of this new journey poolside at my riverside hotel . . . my second drink in hand (perhaps the perception of blurred motion) amidst exciting company sans camera. There would always be a time for great photos later when my mind would be much less distracted.
Today I visit Wat Intharawihan to capture updated visions and I will most definitely have my trusted Canon steed in hand cause now I’m back to working and I’m on a mission.
“Wat” translates from Thai into English as “temple.” I seem to recall from my first travels to Thailand back in the early 90′s that there was a guidebook entitled “What’s Wat?” Maybe this was in deference to the fact that there are so many temples in Thailand.
A dazzling light reflected from the shimmering surface of a giant, standing golden Buddha at Wat Intharawihan. I captured that moment on film more than fifteen years ago and now attach this photo below just so that both of us can reflect on my perceptions back then.
More reflections to follow and, of course, new visions.
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