Planet Earth is not a happy place to be currently.The Ebola epidemic is killing thousands in West Africa and threatens to spread into all of Africa and beyond.A murderous mob of totally evil demented religous fanatics are running amok in Iraq/Syria.Hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been displaced by the civil war in Syria.A very nasty spat is going on in Ukraine and a forgotten war in Sudan.The Palestinians of Gaza have had their homeland destroyed and thousands of innocent people have been killed.Yet again we have a total lunatic in the Kremlin desperate to revive the cold war and now boasting about his ability to turn the US into nuclear ash.
Even the usually jocular Pope is warning that world war 3 may have already started.It ain't looking good folks.And it seems that there is not much we little people can do about it.So I will have to resort to running a happy photo.And here it is.
A group of happy monks enjoying "happy hour" as the golden light fades in the early evening at a temple in Yangon,Myanmar.
The photography experts rightly tell you that the golden hours immediately after daybreak and before sunset are the best for photography when the light is magical but in this case not only was the evening light golden from the setting sun but it was extra golden from bouncing off all the gold leaf adorning the temple.Truly a golden hour.
No need to say "cheese" to get this crew to smile -it came naturally to them.They may be monks with almost no personal possesions living in one of the poorest countries on the planet but to me they look much happier and above all content than most people.A good thing they haven't seen the TV news lately.
Leica X1 photo.