Blinded by the Sun, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

This is another photo that I took during my trip around Inle Lake and trek nearby. When visiting Shwe Yaunghwe Kyaung Monastery, it is a great occasion to see monk’s life. I stayed overnight there with monks in purple robes, which helped me to familiarize with young novice adepts. During their morning duties of cleaning the area around monastery I took this photo.

The Monk's Path, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Nikon D5000 | Exposure f/6.7 @ 1/750sec | ISO 200 | Focal Length 200m
The Monk’s Path, by Ryszard Wierzbicki

Award Winner: Photo of the Day | December 15
Award Score: 61 (Value 12, Clarity 11, Composition 16, Style 11, Skill 11)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Candid Photography
Photograph Location: Around Inle Lake | Myanmar

Photographer: Ryszard Wierzbicki (Swindon, United Kingdom) Registered
Born in 1963, Ryszard Wierzbicki is a graduate of University of Gdańsk in Poland, and completed his master degree of Social Sciences in Children Care Education in 1992. He worked in an orphanage and four other companies, where he served the positions of Educator, Marketing Specialist, and Sales & Marketing Manager in various branches including child care, dentistry, orthodontics, and IT. Apart from his regular jobs he continued developing his Scuba Diving qualification resulted as an instructor level in PADI. After emigrating to UK in 2006, he began his real travel and photography experience. He loves to explore South-East Asia, where he volunteers occasionally with Stu and the Kids charity organization of Thai and Burmese Orphans ( He established two forums for active travelers and photographers named Instant Travelling ( and World Around ( in 2010. Changed to an ironed suit and laptop for cargo trousers, hoodie jacket, and knapsack, Ryszard have been managing freely the passion of photography, traveling, and scuba diving. He is now self-employed as Marketing Advisor and Tour Organizer, happily divorced, and has no kids.

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