Hiking at Doi Luang Chiang Dao – A Pictorial Journey


One of the oldest and most important of the protective spirits in Chiang Mai is a being known as Phor Luang Kam Daeng. It is widely believed that he dwells in the Chiang Dao Mountain, along with his spirit-wife, Nang In Lao. Largely by virtue of the marriage to his indigenous partner, the Lanna people believe him to be Lord of the Spirits of the region. His name always invoked first in local ceremonies.

Stories about his human existence, when he was a prince of Payao, are found in the famous local chronicles: the dumnarn and pongsawadan. According to these written and oral sources, the young ruler made the pledge to capture an elusive deer, but was exiled because he failed to do so. Having continued to follow the deer, he eventually reached Chiang Dao, where it turned into a bewitching beauty with whom he fell in love. Not realising how he had been beguiled, Phor Luang Kam Daeng later continued on the trail of the deer down to where Chiang Mai now stands, following the advice of a reusi, or hermit, there that this was a particularly auspicious location for settlement. [Read more…]

Wisdom of the Mysterious Land – Upper Mustang


“Sky Cave in the Upper Mustang and its capital, Lo Mantang.”

By Lily Ho, Malaysia

Mustang – some call it “The loss of Kingdom”, others call it “the desert of Nepal”. This place is located within the world’s highest mountain range and is to the south of Tibet Autonomous Region. It is widely believed that Mustang is one of those places where traditional Tibetan culture still remains intact and untouched. This was the main reason for me to visit this remote Kingdom of Mustang. The old-style of Tibetan culture remains after Tibetans had escaped away from their homeland via the Himalayas due to persecution. This culture may not be found easily in the Tibet Autonomous Region today.  [Read more…]

Pictorial Journey: North Sikkim by Sonika Uppal

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The words of Aim’e Cesaire come to my mind as the Maruti Gypsy powers over the loose gravel on the NH10 enroute to Sikkim.

Hurray for those who never invented anything
Hurray for those who never explored anything
Hurray for those who never conquered anything
But who, in awe , give themselves up to the essence of things
Ignorant of the shell , but seized by the rhythm of things
Not intent on conquest ,but playing the play of the world

I close my eyes and settle back into the upholstery, dreaming away the centuries on the southern slopes of the Himalayas and fight back the waves of nausea that well up within me. I am headed to Lachung in the north eastern state of Sikkim with my two little girls in tow. Until the 1950’s, the kingdoms of Sikkim , Bhutan, and Nepal were unknown to the West. Visitors were not welcome and the locals stayed untouched by foreign ideas. [Read more…]

Pictorial Journey by Albert Dros: Home Sweet Home

17168480855_11124eb7d6_b“My photography journey started not too long ago when I was living in Hong Kong. I lived there in 2012-2013 and photography became a big passion of mine during my stay. The people, the city, the surroundings, nature… just everything was so lively and different.”

When viewing the images of Albert Dros, it is clear to see that home is where the heart is. He shows us that “home” can be as simple as a 1 hour trip on a bus, or a quiet moment sitting in a boat as it gently rocks back and forth in the harbour. Home is a beautiful, quiet place where we can be ourselves, even if the busy nature of modern life buzzes on around us. [Read more…]

The Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Northern Arizona by John Morey

BeautyMovesInWaves_JohnMorey_FullRezVermilion Cliffs National Monument and the rugged Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area within it are located in Arizona, immediately south of the Utah state line. Established in November of 2000, the Monument celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.  This remote, unspoiled 294,000-acre national treasure is most often and conveniently experienced by tourists driving the Arizona Strip along Highway 89a, following the 3,000-foot escarpment of the Vermilion Cliffs themselves.

The towering cliffs reveal 7 major formations in layered cake-like fashion. It is a geologic wealth in itself, yet they are just the beginning of the bounty they protect. [Read more…]

The Barren Paradise: Under the Roof of the World in Spiti Valley by Elena Lukovenko

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The Spiti Valley in the Indian Himalayas is a unique high-altitude location that has remained pristine mainly due to its inaccessibility and sparse population. It is almost devoid of vegetation and numerous Buddhist monasteries nest on its rocky slopes. Because of this, it is often called “Indian Tibet” – and indeed, the local population is much closer to Tibetans in their lifestyle than it is Indian. [Read more…]

New Zealand through the lens of a Wanderlust – Chuck Whitmore

The first thoughts that come to mind when seeing the work of Chuck Whitmore involve perfection. Whether he is documenting a journey through New Zealand or exploring the intricacies of the human form, Whitmore has a true talent for picking out the perfection of a moment. His images speak of the nostalgia, grace, and wonder that help us all define ourselves as we journey through each day.

Many will look at the work of a photographer and think “I could do that.” Some do have the talent. What makes Whitmore’s work stand above the rest is how he builds relationships with each image. Instead of saying “I could do that,” you think, “I could see myself there.” He catches the moments that we stand and treasure when we encounter them, bringing back memories of past encounters we have all had with nature and life – camera in hand or not.
One thing is for certain. Each image brings out a wanderlust that may have been buried and hidden for some time. Take a moment, explore these images, and be inspired.”

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The Peaceful Simplicity of Life with John Morey


The first thing that stands out in the imagery by John Morey is its simplicity. They are the images that we might see every day as we go about the duties of life, yet John has lifted these images to new levels. “Claude Monet said it best,” he told Travelled Paths recently. “For me, a landscape does not exist in its own right, since its appearance changes at every moment; but the surrounding atmosphere brings it to life – the light and the air which vary continually. For me, it is only the surrounding atmosphere which gives subjects their true value.”

It is that life which Morey brings in a wide variety of landscapes. Whether it is the brilliant yellow of an Aspen tree that has succumbed to the coming Autumn or the brilliance of the night sky against a desert backdrop, his unique vision shows us the way life could be if we just would slow down a little bit every day.

Finding peace is the inspiration that Morey finds in every image. Sometimes that comes after spending 26 hours in bad weather. At other times, it comes from the luck that only a photographer seems to have once during a lifetime. Either way, the strength of peace and harmony clearly outweighs any other message that could be received with his amazing shot. [Read more…]

Celebrating the Wildside of Life with C.S. Ling


When I first met C.S. Ling, I couldn’t have been more impressed. There is a certain aura about her that gives everyone she encounters a certain confidence in their own passions. It is because the passion she has for her art comes through with every action, every movement that she takes. It is very easy to understand why she earned the title of being one of the “Great Women of Our Time” by Singapore Women’s Weekly Magazine in 2011 for arts and media. [Read more…]

Keeping Close to the Heart of Mother Nature


With just one look at the images crafted by Terence Leezy, the evidence of love that goes into each one of them is immediately evident. With traces of humour here and there accompanied by a stark simplicity that is reminiscent of the early works of Ansel Adams, it is not hard to fall in love with the same landscapes and moments that are on display.

“It is often said that after the rain comes the sun,” Terence told TravelledPaths. He brings our attention to his image entitled Tetons on Fire. “The picture and I can’t agree more with that!”

Now take a closer look at the images of Terence and you’ll see something else: dedication. It takes a lot of hard work for a photographer to obtain many of the images that you can see in his full portfolio. From crawling down slippery cliffs for the perfect angle of a waterfall to waiting for the perfect moment to arrive on a wind-soaked Oregon beach, each image captured speaks to something personal. [Read more…]