What do you do after a heavy storm? You mop up your courtyard, obviously (not). I was still bemused by what I was seeing, workers mopping up the rain soaked courtyard around the building housing the Emerald Buddha at the Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok.
Monthly Archives: August 2012
Today’s photo is a wider shot of the scene I posted a couple of days back of storm clouds at the Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. The storm clouds are receding, the ground is starting to dry up and more people are out in the open, though many remain in the shelter of the pavilions.
With the rain moving away, I continued my exploration around the pavilions of the Wat Phra Kaew which lies within the walls of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. It’s the home of the Emerald Buddha, not that I actually got to see that sacred carving on this particular day.
After the rain had passed I stepped out to take more photos. Talk about a cloud as black as night! As the storm that had passed over us retreated, a brief glimpse of the sun lit up the gold on the pagodas at the Wat Phra Kaew and threw the scene into dramatic contrast with the stormy skies.
Across the small courtyard some young me in military uniforms were sitting on the steps of a doorway while some cleaners were also huddled against a wall as the rain continued. You can see the rain spatter on the courtyard slabs and streak across the frame, particularly in the top left corner of the image below.
Have you ever had that experience where you go somewhere hoping to get some good photos only to find the location a building site? That seems to happen to me all the time. The image below is of restoration work being performed on the Wat Phra Kaew, back in 1989. Rather than try to avoid the scaffolding, I was able to incorporate it in this image.
I snapped this image of part of the Grand Palace in Bangkok while racing up the Chao Phraya as a passenger in one of those long-tail boats. Later in the day I went back to the Wat Phra Kaew which is in the north-east corner of the Grand Palace complex and open to the public and I’ll post some images from there in the coming days.
Every time I’ve seen the Chao Phraya River its been this muddy brown color owing to all the silt washing down from the hills to the north. The boat is a long-tail. It has all the appearance of an auto engine with a straight shaft output to the propeller mounted on gimbals on the transom.