Here now and now here or nowhere

The title of this blog comes from a play on words that "now here" is also the same letters as "nowhere" just with a space added in the middle. I am always trying to get better at being in the here and now, and I've always been a bit of a joker so that is why I chose this name.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Visiting Gangtey and the Black Neck Cranes

The black neck cranes are coming back from Tibet and I was fortunate to get to see some while in Gangtey recently.  Every year they make a migration from Bhutan to Tibet and then back. It never ceases to fail and they stay in these two magical countries.  

Besides cranes, it's now the seasons for yak's to be omnipresent in the valley. On the way out of town we saw a massive beautiful grey one and also caught a lovely few of Jomolohari, one of the highest peaks in the country.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bumthang Tsechu

A great benefit to being at festivals in Bhutan is to see people in their finest formal attire. Bright silk kira's and gho's are abundant. In these photos I try to capture some of the dancers as well as people dressed in their best.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bumthang Fire Dance

I was sent to Bumthang to help the spa staff during the busy few days of the Bumthan Tsetchu (festival). The lodge usually has 1-4 rooms of occupancy as it's a bit remote but these days it was completely full.  The benefit of being out there during this time was that I got to see the festival as well, at least most of it.  The festival begins with a fire burning festival that was quite impressive.  Hanging fiery trees or shrubs are hung around a gate like object while people run through to, I'm guessing, cleanse sins.  I ran through, and was afraid of catching on fire as I was dressed in numerous layers of clothes to ward of the near freezing cold. brrrr….