In Honor and Celebration of International Women’s Day 2014

“International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.” In honor and celebration of International Women’s Day 2014, these are some of my favorite photographs that I have taken of women in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bhutan. To me, all these women are beautiful and inspirational. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day on March 8 is “Inspiring Change…for greater awareness of women’s equality…for more women in leadership roles…for equal recognition of Continue Reading →

Visions of Vietnam: Windows and Doors

They say that the eye is the window to the soul. But it is the soul that is the window. -Andrew Hamilton I’ve been known to take photographs of windows and doors when I travel. I don’t know why really. I guess the colors, shapes, patterns, surroundings, decorations, etc. appeal to me. I think the first time I photographed windows and doors was in Skagway, Alaska as I was bicycling around the town. I have published three other blogs with my windows and doors pictures. Quito, Ecuador. Montepulciano, Italy. Porvoo, Finland. These photos were taken in the Mekong Delta area Continue Reading →

Visions of Vietnam: Flower H’mong Mothers and Babies

Even the name Flower H’mong suggests nothing but color. One of the 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam, the Flower H’mong are so-named because of their vivid, intricate, multi-colored embroidery, called pa ndau, which literally means “flower cloth.” This needlework, with its motifs that are geometric, symmetric, and derived from nature, decorates their clothes, and certainly makes for some fabulous fashion. Pa ndau is a highly prized traditional art of these people. Passed down from grandmother to mother to daughter, pa ndau originated with ceremonial clothing for major life events including births, weddings, deaths, and for celebrating Tet, the New Year Continue Reading →

Visions of Vietnam: Women Working in a Verdant Land

I trekked for several days at a time in the Mai Chau and Sa Pa regions of Northwest and Northern Vietnam, trekking from village to village to village. I walked on gravel tracks and small paths; local roads and trails. I meandered through or near rice paddies and rice terraces; corn fields and tea plantations. I was surrounded by forest, bushes, grasses, shrubs, fruit and other trees, and tropical plants. I was fascinated at how everything was so green; and how the greenery was so varied and vibrant. As a child, I don’t know why, but my Dad used to Continue Reading →

Visions of Vietnam: Inspirational Working Women

In preparing to write my “Visions of Vietnam” blogs, I sat down with my photo albums and looked through my pictures. I began to write down a list of the photos, and then categorized them into blog ideas. You may have already read my three blogs on the category of children, and last week’s blog on the topic of smiling women. Most likely there will be more blogs on these subjects. I was amazed, though, at how many pictures I put under the category of “women doing things.” And the list kept growing as I looked through my albums several Continue Reading →