The Battle Within

Sawadee Khrap











Here is a specular image Nu captured at Tad Mork Waterfall.  It’s a large file to maintain the quality – so please wait while it loads.

The imagery is perfect for the story I just received from Jerry.

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two “wolves” inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence,empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grand son thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”      The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed .”

Do you agree?



YMCA – and English classes

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Nu just had his final exam on his first semester of English – #1 in his class of 13 students.   He was enrolled in beginning English at the local YMCA.  You might remember an older post where I showed some images of the place  – when I first came to Thailand I stayed at the “Y” while I was in Chiang Mai.  Not a bad hotel and in addition they have language classes, Thai and English.  So I thought I’d show some shots of the place. 

By the way the place is co-ed now.  No more naked swimming for the boys in the big pool – what a let down – I was really excited and couldn’t wait to take a good plunge and check out the place and swimmers.  Ohhh well, what the hell









Great hotel rates, rooms and language classes – Ohhhh Ya they also have a good cafe, Thai & Western.


Waterfall & model

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On Tuesday, I went with a friend to take some pictures at two local waterfalls.  I haven’t finished processing the images and therefore don’t have his permission to post any shots of him but here are shots to the waterfalls we visited.






  Near Mae Rim, north of Chiang Mai is Doi Suthep National Park and several waterfalls and camping area exist.  Also there is an elephant training/visitor center, monkey training center, snake farm, orchid farm – great tourist attractions.  We went first the Ma Sa water fall then on to Tad Mork Waterfall.






Took some great shots at each and when I get approval I’ll post some.  For me it was very hot, or perhaps I’m not fully climate-ized yet, so I did a lot of sweating.  Of  course he didn’t feel the heat like I did, he is used to the heat and humidity. But I also think it was because he didn’t have on as many clothes on as I did

However,  I can’t use that as an excuse.  Always near the falls the humidity is very high and that alone makes it seem hotter than it actually is.

Such is the life of a photographer, what we have to endure to get those shots.    Ha Ha

Chiang Mai Zoo

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Saturday, Nu and I went to the Chiang Mai Zoo.  Nu went with my small camera and I took the mid range lens on the Canon 350.IMG_8022  Here’s some images from both.

Got a ticket to drive in the car, but we took this tram first to get a handle on the layout of the zoo before we started to walk.  The main feature of the Zoo is the Pandas and Koala Bears.  Next time I’ll drive the whole thing. 

My batteries died sooner that I expected – not many shots and Nu got a finger-mark on the lens of his camera and the last half turned out all fuzzy – bad picture day but Nu had a great time running around seeing all the animals  – of course I sat in the car for the last half of the day – feet hurting and very hot – not a old man’s idea of fun. 

We plan to go back, hopefully earlier on some morning and get better shots. We also missed some of the animals and he wants to see them if he can –  their out in the cooler mornings, but hot afternoons, sleeping.

Please enjoy the     SLIDESHOW   Ciao



Wat Phrathatsutonmongkonkiree

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On our way back from Jerry’s place in Nanoi, just a little ways south of   Phrae, near Den Chai there was this great Wat.  Wat Phrathatsutonmongkonkiree,



so we stopped and got some shots.  I didn’t get a GPS reading while I was there, but Google Earth has a site I think is the same – next time I go over to Jerry’s I’ll make sure to get a reading. 


 Google Earth shows these coordinates for some un-named Wat and I think it’s the same one:

  • N 17 58.34
  • E 100 00.51



And here is








Jerry & Art’s house near Nanoi

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On Thursday we headed for Nanoi, or actually Ban Phut Charoen, 5 Km North and about 12 KM West of Nanoi from the Wang Sai-Nanoi highway where Jerry and Art have built their new house.  JerryArt-NanoiWe had a great easy ride over, clear weather and little traffic – but that evening it started to rain and never let up till we left on Saturday morning.  Actual coordinates are :

  • N18 22’49.0”
  • E100 40’21.0”
  • Elevation 1433 ft.

From my GPS phone. it’s very accurate for Google Earth people

The house is next to Art’s parents house and actually shares a back yard – at least Jerry has fenced and walled them together without a separating wall in between.  Art’s father looked after the building and now takes care of the yard.  Great help.IMG_7727                         Since it was raining the entire time we were there, I didn’t get a lot of pictures this time. 

On Monday, the Blessing Ceremony was to take place but we couldn’t stay because Nu had to start his English Language school on Monday.  I understand that there will be 9 Monks and probably all of the neighbors from the surrounding villages. 

Jerry hasn’t gotten the entire interior furnished yet, furniture and wall hangings – so we’ll wait till next time.  But here’s another exterior shot and one of Art’s shop.







For dinner and excitement we went to CK’s, local Nanoi bar and outdoor restaurant – Ladyboys, ladyboys – local gay hangout – great food and very lively later in the evening.  And finally I love these shots of one of Jerry’s pets I found on the banister in the morning.








Well it’s definitely country life – dark as hell when the sun goes down – but I can imagine a beautiful sky of stars at night – too bad it was clouded over or I would have tried to get a shot.

Dogs, cats and roosters are the only noises heard in the night – but all three were quite loud.   more details later:  Ha ha