Wednesday, October 14, 2009


overlooking Shwe Nyaung

One of the scenes that always stays vivid in my memory is the misty view of Taunggyi City from a nearby hill. The capital of Shan State in Myanmar stands on top of a hill on Shan Plateau, being true to the literal meaning of its name--big mountain. For one traveling on road from the central plains of Myanmar, one has to first ascend Shan Plateau. A couple of hundred kms in on the Plateau, crossing undulating hills, one will get to the 'base' of Taunggyi, from where one follows a winding road to get atop, only to be ushered in at the windings' end by this enchanting little hill-top city.

Here from Mya Sein Taung (or Mt Mya Sein) which is a taller hill adjacent to the one on which Taunggyi sits, the view is always of a great serenity. The rising sun had just begun illuminating the hill-top with warm colours, fully embraced by the early January chill. Just beyond the hill, mist-covered Nyaung Shwe plain starts it stretch till it touches the base of massive ranges at the far end.

That was the first time I had ever touched mountain dew. Herein lies the misty scape, once traversed by the very two eyes. In their wake, laid were the footprints of yearning, infused with fragments of nostalgia. To Taunggyi with love...

Location: Taunggyi, Myanmar
Camera: Canon EOS 30D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS
ISO: 100
Exposure: 1/500s
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 85mm
Filter: N/A
Flash: No
Tripod: No

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