Marine Park Wonder

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Layered cakes of history

Over turquoise water

Topped with jungle hats

And splurged with hidden wonders

Under every gentle splash

And kayak paddle pat.

 

 

Info and so on: Ang Thong National Marine Park is a fabulous archipelago of 42 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. It features amazing limestone mountains, jungles, sandy beaches, waterfalls, and hidden sacred lakes. About an hour fast-boat ride from Koh Samui, it is a protected area of about 100 square kilometers of land and sea and is home to an abundance of exotic wildlife and sea creatures (snorkeling is something you’d really wanna do!). Kayaking, diving, and hiking some of the rocky mountains make for a fabulous time. The Blue Lagoon (AKA Emerald Lake) is absolutely mandatory to climb to!) . Usually a day-trip boat charter from Koh Samui or one of the neighboring islands, there are also some rustic bungalows and tents available for overnight stay. Our family did the day trip from Koh Samui last summer, and it was fantastic!

 

For the Sunday Stills challenge: Parks

Tropical Trio

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Ko Samui Tropical Trio 1; Photo: Naama Yehuda

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Ko Samui Tropical Trio 2; Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

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Ko Samui Tropical Trio 3; Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

As the storm rolled in

And rain took hold,

Mountains cowered

Under fog.

 

 

Note: The above photos were taken within minutes of each other last August in Thailand, as I took an afternoon walk on the beach and a fast-moving tropical storm sped in and essentially cloaked the mountains.

For Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge: Three of a kind

 

Saving Daylight

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Cherish every moment

Left

Of light as

Suns will set.

Hold on to the

Deep rewards

Of daylight breathed

Through soul,

And saved.

 

For Terri’s Sunday Stills Challenge: Daylight Hours

 

Unexpected Sales

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

I did not quite expect,

On the beach, in the sun,

A visit from dinos

Puppeted by a man.

Granted these all were smaller

Than the ones I would fear,

But I still did not really

Want them too near.

 

My eyes must’ve

Been wide

As I waved

Him aside,

But two chairs

To the right

He sold three

With delight.

 

 

For the Lens-Artist Photo Challenge: Unexpected

 

Oh The Places You’d Go!

Going Places NaamaYehuda

Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Oh, for you never know

All the places you’d go,

Where the islands rise up

Far away from the shore,

And you end every day

Dreaming of seeing more.

 

 

For Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Public Transportation

 

Water Rise

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Water rises

Like ice

From warm oceans,

To mimic islands.

 

 

For the Wits End Weekend Photo Challenge: drops

(FWIW: The photo was taken on a phone, through a plastic screen, from a speedboat in full throttle while it bounced on the wake of another …  It was fun. It was wild. Focus wasn’t to be had …)

High-Tail

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

Silver light danced on waves

Under skies of

Mercurial clouds,

And she pranced

On the sand

Tail up high

Free and proud.

 

 

(Note: No filter or editing was used on this photo. These were the true colors that day)

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: tongues and tails

 

Water Weave

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

And the clouds

Bowed

To ocean

Weaving rain

Waves to sky

Kissing veils

Onto mountains

Drenching wet

Speeding by.

 

 

For the RDP Daily Prompt: Drench

 

Big As The Sky

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Photo: Adi Rozen-Zvi

 

Under big sky

Amid the sea

Big Buddha shows

The way to be

As people flock

Foreign and Thai

To pray for poise

In Wat Phra Yai.

 

 

For the Tuesday Photo Challenge: Go Big

 

As Above So Below

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Photo: Na’ama Yehuda

 

The rain pelts

Bubbled blue

Over the pool’s

Turquoise hue.

Water drops

Dance tempo

Drenched above

As below.

 

 

For the Photo a Week Challenge: Water