Burmese Days

Baby Boy taking part in Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake, October 2012

Young Boy, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake

It was exactly one year ago that we were in Burma, enjoying a magical holiday in this beautiful, friendly country. Twelve months later my memories are dominated by the great hospitality of the people, fleeting sunsets, gilded temples, monumental Buddhas, chrysanthemums biked down from the hill station at Pyin Oo Lwin and the unforgettable Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda festival on Inle Lake. I look back over my photographs today with many happy memories and a longing for warmth, sunshine and adventure.

Below, some of my favourite portraits of this extraordinary country.

Dawn on Inle Lake, Burma, October 2012

Sunrise over the Shan Hills, Inle Lake

Waterlilies for offerings, Inle Lake, Burma, October 2012

Waterlilies, Inle Lake

Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan, Burma, October 2012

Shwezigon Pagoda, Bagan

Traditional Burmese puppet, Bagan, Burma, October 2012

Traditional Burmese puppet, Bagan

Orchid, National Kandawgyi Gardens, Pyin Oo Lwin, Burma, October 2012

Orchid, National Kandawgyi Gardens, Pyin Oo Lwin

Inside the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Burma, October 2012

Part of the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Chrysanthemums, Mandalay Flower Market, October 2012

Mums on wheels! Mandalay

Leg rowers, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake, Burma, October 2012

Leg rowers, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake

Fallen coconuts, Ngwe Saung, Burma, October 2012

Fallen coconuts, Ngwe Saung beach

Ceremonial barge, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake, October 2012

Ceremonial barge, Phaung Daw Oo Pagoda Festival, Inle Lake