Photographer's Note

I took this photograph of some women having an afternoon gossip one day when I was at the Swayambhunath temple on the western outskirts of Kathmandu. This is one of those temples where a keen photographer can spend a whole day exploring the nooks and crannies and finding lots of interesting detail to photograph. This was taken on the walkway around the Great Stupa - its Buddha eyes is probably the most recognisable symbol of Nepal (images of this stupa have been posted to TrekEarth many times before so I wonít post another, but I have placed a small snapshot in the workshop in case you are not familiar with this symbol).

The Swayambhunath temple is locally known as the Ďmonkey templeí because there are hundreds of monkeys living in and around the temple and on the hill that you have to climb to reach the stupa. There are many small shrines around the Great Stupa as well as lines of prayer wheels and stone carvings like the one on the right hand side of this picture.

I was going to crop this very slightly at the top and right, but then I noticed an interesting looking mask in the top right hand corner of the frame, so I decided to leave that there (I hadnít noticed it when taking the photograph). The only PP with this one was an increase in contrast and sharpening.

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1231 W: 108 N: 2568] (7797)
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