4Kitchen goods store in Thimphu As you can see, modern appliences are readily available in Myanmar. Walmart is planning stores there.
6Thimphu shops The blue signs with white lettering meet government standards, though some shops have broken out of that mold.
7More modern signage
9Fabric shop Most of the fabric comes from India. The fabric in front of the counter is destined for the traditional men's clothing, the gho. The men in the image are wearing these. The cloth behind the counter will be made into keras, the ankle length dresses worn by women.
10Phallus shop The phallus is said to ward off evil spirits.
12Rice paddies In March, the paddies lie fallow.
13A mountain (name forgotten) The "real mountains" are the ones which are snow-covered all year. The Bhutanese feel that if one had to remember all the others, there would be too many.
15Man turning prayer wheel at temple
16Student monks at a dzong Dzongs are fortified monasteries. Here, the seated monks are defending Buddha'a teachings. The standing ones are trying to refute them. It's similar to the Jewish pilpul.
17Mural in a dzong
18Spirit catcher Note the bidirectional phallus cross-piece.
19Monk along the road Our guide, a former monk, knew this man and we stopped to greet him.
21Whisks and brooms
22Chilli pepper The basic spice of Bhutanese cooking.
23Goenpo's family Goenpo, left, our guide, his mother, and his sister.
24Archer Archery is the national sport of Bhutan.
25Compound bow The bows used by most Bhutanese archers come from Ohio and frequently cost more than $1,000.
26Archery target From over a hundred yards away, the target itself looks like a small spot.
27Carving student at craft school
29Sewing student For beginners, the exercise is just following the line. The sewing machine has no thread nor needle.
30Mask being finished
32Students in the crafts school
33Weaver Note the strap around his butt - that's the tensioner for the warp.
34Weaving detail The main warp threads are passed with a shuttle, but the intricate patterns are hand woven.
36Silver worker making a bowl
37Chasing a silver bowl
38Preparing the bark for paper The next images are at a paper factory where paper is hand made from the inner bark of the Daphne.
39Separating the fibers
40Mashing the fibers
41Picking up a page The bath is a slurry of paper fibers. The worker dips in a frame with a screen of bamboo fibers to form a new sheet of paper.
43Putting a sheet on a pile
44Pressing the water out of a pile of sheets
45Putting sheets on hot plates to dry
47Old ladies praying The one on the right is the photographer's wife.
48Entrance to the Takin preserve The Takin is the national animal, an endangered species with its own genus.
49Takins in the preserve
51Shrines along the road
52Typical Indian ornamented truck
54Festival at the Punakha dzong
55Singers and clowns
58Musicians blowing long horns
61Stable This had originally been the house. When the larger one was built, this was given to the farm animals.
64Drying herbal tea and distilling rice wine
67Preparing tree seeds for pressing The seeds are gathered from a local tree, cooked, ground, and pressed to get cooking oil.
68Cooking the seeds
69Pressing the seeds
70Woman washing clothes
71Kitten meets child
72Loading a horse with a sack of cow dung
78Poetry pattern Starting anywhere and taking the next few squared up, down, or sideways yields a poem.
83Farmer making adobe bricks Many buildings in the countryside are made either of adobe bricks or packed dirt.
84The making of a new farm house Here, the walls are packed dirt, carried up by the man on the ladder and pounded into place by the women atop the wall.
86Securing the forms
88Making the crown of the house
90The main door The main door is the first part of the house to be erected. It is placed on an auspicious day chosen by an astrologer.
91Door blessing After the door is placed, it is blessed by Buddhist monks who leave a bag of spices as a blessing.
92Lumber for the house
93Attic of an old farm house
94The farm house's general purpose room
95The farm house's shrine room
96The family's photos
97Paro dzong on the first festival day
98Detail of festival
101Clowns wrestling The clown in stripes is deemed an intruder. The others try to drive him out. Eventually, they make peace with each other, a story about tolerance.
102The Hunter The central character in an old tale being reinacted at the Paro Buddhist festival, the wicked hunter is cajoled into repentance by clowns. The actors in these morality plays are monks.
103Clown at Paro festival The clowns are not only background levity at the festival, but prompters for the dancers lest they forget their parts. The role is similar to the Shakespearian jester. Lay people take these roles.