The Golden Rock

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    The Golden Rock at Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar, is a holy and important site which Buddhists frequent in large numbers. A gold leaf covered boulder precariously balances on the edge of a cliff, and pilgrims come to worship this astonishing defiance of gravity. It is said that a single Buddha hair exists under the rock.

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    1. castgen 36 months ago | reply

      Semplicemente fantastica.

    2. Buzz Hoffman 35 months ago | reply

      Fascinating scene.

    3. Barbara A. White 26 months ago | reply

      beautiful image! the lighting is subtle but magical...

    4. madesco 7 months ago | reply

      This photo resonates with me in a way very few have so far. It's perfect!

    5. Pam Sutton Photography 4 months ago | reply

      If spirituality could be literally captured for all mankind to see your vision of "The Golden Rock" does just that, David!
      It is an extraordinary image that exudes the power and wonder of nature, along with a deep sense of the subtle traditions within Buddhism. The solitary monk cloaked in red, leaning gently against the mammoth rocks gleaming surface, covered by millions of gold leaf squares is mesmerizing! A composition of brilliance by adding the landscape view of the distant green covered mountains of Myanmar we can see just how precariously this giant boulder balances itself on the edge of a very steep vertical cliff.
      It leaves me with a feeling that this holy place can possibly transport the viewer for only a second, beyond our earthly plane into the face of enlightenment!

      I am in awe of your extensive portfolio of incredible travel photographs exhibited on your website, including the many front page magazine covers! If anyone desires an amazing up-close experience of visiting Asia they would be wise to take a look at the upcoming photo tour you are offering, Luminous Journeys.

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    6. Nick Boren Photography 4 months ago | reply

      Wow.. what an amazing story behind this emotional image. Awesome capture David..

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    7. coyrooster 4 months ago | reply

      Even if the boulder were not sheathed in gold leaf, and even if it didn't sit on a single hair of the Buddha, this photograph would be astonishing. The barefoot pilgrim robed in red rests his head and hands against it with unspeakable intimacy. Contact has been made. Earth and man and all the mysteries in between, and far beyond, whisper through this split second. Truly transcendent.

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    8. max tuta noronha 4 months ago | reply

      I was going to give my Budhist friend a hand, and help him give a push.
      But just the mental effort to get up there and thinking of the climb up made me change my mind.
      So, I'll sit here, sip on my lemonade and sing ohhhh mana shivaiaiaiai aiaia ohm ohm ...
      Good enough
      Magical shot.
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    9. Ania.Photography 4 months ago | reply

      Very powerful image of this beautiful & spiritual moment David.
      And what a sight! Those gentle colors of the sky, the monk's praying position, the sparkles of the Golden Rock and light are truly magical.

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    10. Caz 71♥(On & Off) 4 months ago | reply

      Beautifully captured, and very interesting, i can see where it gets its name from, you captured this very sincere moment to perfection, nicely done!
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    11. ~anup PHOTOGRAPHY~ 4 months ago | reply

      faith...stunning tones and textures...nice info as well

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    12. Cindy Beckett 4 months ago | reply

      A compelling spiritual scene, well composed and captured. Your vision for this image lends strength to the depth of the moment.
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    13. Flick'gAbility 2 months ago | reply

      Brilliant shot, show(cas)ing how huge the boulder is! Excellent detail as well, in the boulder and the monk's/pilgrim's robes!
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