The suspension bridge over the Pa Chhu at Tachog Lhakhang located along the Paro-Thimphu highway is an interesting one. With only 3 large chains serving as the backbone for the bridge, it is wrapped with metal wires. The river in the valley below is therefore clearly visible and some children were afraid to cross it on their own. Not too far away, a more stable but smaller bridge is built to allow livestock to cross the river. The Tachog Lhakhang is built by the great master architect and yogi ThangTong Gyalpo in the 14th century. He is credited with creating 108 iron chain suspension bridges throughout Tibet and Bhutan. Some are still in use today. The original bridge here was washed away in a flood in 1969 but was restored in 2005.
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Juzo (4345) 2012-11-14 5:09
Fantastic, truly excellent shot, the light, the perspective, the textures and depth. Mostly i like the woman in the dress, leading us firstly into the scene, and then away into the next. A rare treat from Bhutan..
BennyV (13840) 2012-11-14 6:01
The woman, half in/out the frame, is a fleeting presence and adds much dynamism to the picture. Superb off-beat feeling to it. Thumbs up for bravery!
Antipodean (1654) 2012-11-14 9:04
Kia ora KW,
A very interesting shot. It captures well the construction of the bridge & the fact that it is used day & night. Great picture. Neil
Eric_vd (289) 2012-11-14 14:03
Nice composed shot, showing lots of details of these scarry looking bridge, lovely lighting too.
larhrissiHicham (577) 2012-11-14 15:46
Great composition and the outcome is just stunning.
Did like your note too.
kevinos (7393) 2012-11-14 20:24
The subject is interesting, but the head of the woman leaving the frame, is distracting and spoils the composition. The inclusion of the source of light in the frame is always difficult, here I find it distracting. It leave one not knowing what the image is supposed to be about.If you had cut out the light and caught the woman a second earlier, it would have been a better shot, i think. Kevin
CLODO (30256) 2012-11-15 2:13
A stunning effect of the use of a wide angle, but you fired a second too late and so cut the lady's head. The flare on the lens gives a mystic atmosphere.