Photo: Cold and Windy Day on the Plain of Jars

Plain of Jars Site 3

Plain of Jars Site 3

It was a cold and windy day when we arrived at the Plain of Jars, Site Three in Xieng Khouang province in Central Laos. We had hired a driver, but you can’t get too close without walking, maybe a kilometer, through rice fields and pasture. Because there are still many unexploded ordinance (UXO) from left over from U.S. warplanes carpet bombing the area, you have to stay on marked trails to avoid being another casualty of a war that ended, for most people, over forty years ago.

I love making travel photographs in inclement weather. Not because I am some sort of masochist, but because I think bad weather brings more drama to images and avoids harsh shadows. It seems strange that such a historically significant site, such as this section of the Plain of Jars, can be viewed absent any other people, but such is the beauty of living in a country still relatively unmolested by throngs of tourists.


Canon EOS 6D 20.2 MP DSLR
Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM
Exposure: 1/125 sec @ f/11
ISO: 200

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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