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Women drawing a new kolam design on the pavement outside the Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore, Chennai. 

It was fascinating to see how smoothly and quickly she drew it with chalk/powder from her hand. She was actually laying out 2 parallel lines...

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A couple grey langur monkeys hanging out on the Lakshman Jhula. More than most places, the monkeys here seemed very easy going and used to hoards of people passing without being too annoying or aggressive. Maybe they're into yoga and meditati...

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Christmas stars for sale in Christian-dominated Cochin, Kerala. I love the colours! Inside this shop it was like an explosion of every eye-jarring (and often ill-advised) colour and colour-combination imaginable.

The timing was poignant as I coin...

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An intricate kolam chalk drawing  the Kapaleeshwarar Temple in Mylapore, Chennai.

They are drawn to invoke prosperity, invitation and welcome of guests. 

Traditionally, rice flour was used which provides a meal to ants and other creatures symbol...

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Christmas decorations for sale in Christian-dominated Cochin, Kerala. I love the colours! The Santa masks were a little creepy though. 

The timing was poignant as I coincidentally hit Kochi the day after American Thanksgiving when in the States t...

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Pepper growing in a spice plantation in Kerala. 

Pepper is a vine and therefore can be planted in double-duty around other fruit or spice trees. We saw them in several spots in the area - in the wild in Periyar, in spice plantations and as an ext...

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A tiny statue of Hanuman, the monkey god, found tucked in a tree knot

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A bright display of spices at the Kandy Central Market. 

Sri Lanka is known for its fabulous spices in diversity, quantity and quality. Visions of cooking and sumptious meals danced in my head as I browsed these shops. Cardamon and cinnamon, nutm...

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Stunning winter alpine scenery in Tetrahedron Park on the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver. 

The snow was great and thick and the skiing wonderful. The mountain to the right and behind is Panther I believe.

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A couple other keeps on the same tour circuit as us. It was a little hazy, but a lovely morning all the same.

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These hip hip styling dance troupe were fun although they could use a few more moves. 

But take note of the girls - those are skin-coloured midriff pieces, not bare skin. I found this very odd given showing your midriff is common in many traditio...

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A pink lotus flower peaks above the lily pads at the Dambulla cave temple in Sri Lanka

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An intricate floor design done in chalk. Called kolam (and similar to the pan-Indian artform of rangoli), intricate decorative designs are drawn by the women in chalk or rice flour front of their hut, house or apartment block every morning anew. T...

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The Buddha head in the banyan tree at Wat Mahathat

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The colourful prayer flags and snow-clad cairns greeting the (out-of-breath) trekkers to the top of Gokyo Ri (5360m) in the early morning sun.

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Our guide Shreeram showing victory on Gokyo Ri among the many prayer flags strung on the summit. I liked that he was as excited as we were to be up there on such a morning.

If you hadn't already decided, the early am climb up Gokyo Ri (5360m...

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Brilliantly coloured silk threads on a hand-loom being woven into a fancy sari. Kanchipuram is famous in India as producers of exquisite and much sought after saris, especially for weddings, many with elaborate borders, heavy embroidery and embell...

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