Bhutan is a small country squished between India and China, to the east of Nepal. It sits in the foothills of the Himalayas and is a democratic kingdom. There are many wonderful myths and legends surrounding the Buddhist state and its government is doing everything it can to bring the country into the 21st Century without losing its identity or its heritage.

As we drove around the country, most of the population wore traditional dress. It was like stepping back 50 or sometimes 100 years. It is not a rich country in terms of material wealth, but that's not how they value themselves. Instead, Bhutan is the country of the happiness index and while they have jails like everyone else, overall it seems to be a very happy community.

Photographically it is amazing. I've used that adjective already, but looking at the photographs I've come home with, it's hard to believe what an amazing place it is. The photos (above) of the young monks running down the stairs and across the courtyard in Paro Dzong (the fortified temple in Paro, Bhutan) could have been photographed at any time in the last 1000 years - nothing much has changed.

For the two photos above, we noticed some young monks running from room to room within the dzong, so it was a matter of sitting still for a while and waiting. Sometimes we were ready with our cameras, on other occasions I simply zoomed out to the 14mm setting and pressed the shutter repeatedly as the monks ran by. Not all my shots were winners, but these two are up the front of the photobook I'm working through. So yes, you'll get to see more Bhutan photos in the future.

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