Photographer's Note

As a result of increased population, shifting cultivation, fuelwood extraction and other human activities, the dry zone in Myanmar now expands in an area of about 55,000 square kilometers situated in the lower Sagaing, Mandalay and Magway Division. About 34% of the Myanmar population is living there. When traversing this region one could hardly believe being in south-east asia, more well known for its green rice fields than for its dusty arid areas. Water is very scarce and people are spending a big part of their time and energy looking for water where they can find it. Some make kilometers by foot or with bullock carts rising clouds of dust to fill recipients at the closest well.

Here at a well, just near Bagan. I already posted another picture at the same place earlier.

Note - Many comments suggest a less centered composition with the cattle more to the left. I cannot agree more. Unfortunately this road was bordered with trees which were breaking the nice dusty and golden atmosphere that I wanted to focus on. If I had moved the cattle more to the right, I would have cut the people visible in the dust in the background...

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Additional Photos by JM Hullot (vincz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
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