Myanmar Peeps

As much as I like taking photos of wildlife, in Myanmar more than most places I've been, the people really caught my attention. It was kind of amazing how happy everyone was in spite of all the government pressure they face. Yes, even with a more "open" government, there is still plenty of interference in their lives. These folks were really warm and fun, and really interested in America. That meant they were also (unfortunately) excited to get McDonald's and Coke, both of which had just shown up while I was there. It seemed that if it was from America, it was amazing. Oh a note, the stuff you see on the faces of the women and girls is called "thanaka". It's a paste made from ground bark that is used as a sunblock but is also seen as a way of beautification.

A small market in Myanmar.
A Kayan woman near Inle Lake, Myanmar.