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Stray dogs in Paro

Stray dogs in Paro
Photo Information
Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9717 W: 512 N: 18842] (83366)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003-10
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-12-26 0:56
Viewed: 1496
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Moderators please take note of the title: these dogs are no pets, they are among the thousands of stray dogs roaming the streets of every town and village in Bhutan. They are usually taken care of by people but they belong to nobody.

Almost by coincidence I recently had a look at my photos from Bhutan. To my surprise I discovered lots of relatively decent pictures that I hadn't scanned before. So I spent an evening or two correcting my mistakes, and now I plan to remain in Bhutan for the next several uploads.

I travelled through Bhutan in 2003. That was my last journey with an analogue camera. For the next two years I didn't take any photos at all, until I bought my first digital camera in early 2006.

This photo, and the WS, is from Paro, a small town in the western part of the country, mainly known to foreigners for having the country's only international airport. This little covered bridge connects an area of monasteries and temples with the commercial centre of the town.

All buildings in Bhutan are required by law to be designed according to tradition, so even modern hotels or offices get a touch of, say, 18th century. This wooden bridge is no exception, and the prayer flags attached to the columns are part of the traditions of this country so strongly characterized by its Buddhist faith.

You can see this bridge from a short distance in the WS. Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides. You can get on the bridge yourself if you search for the map coordinates 27.42479 89.42195.

Here is a larger version.

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Dobar dan.
Interesantan pogled i trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici, lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lep most sa psima i arhitektura.
Zelim vam lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13512 W: 125 N: 24156] (121047)
  • [2018-12-26 1:09]

Hi Gert,you do not have to worry about the moderator, it seems to have disappeared for some time, treknature does not work for 15 days and no one answered or intervened despite numerous reports. The two photos are magnificent, I'm glad to know that the houses are built respecting the local style, and the bridge is a little gem with the bonus of stray dogs in a beautiful perspective, very useful the WS with full view. Still Happy Holidays and thanks.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11127 W: 57 N: 19211] (71944)
  • [2018-12-26 1:46]

Hej Gert,
Det var et godt fund i arkivet, det er dejligt at opdage nogle gamle billeder man havde glemt, men er værd at uploade. Den gamle bro af træ er smuk med de røde dele og de mange farverige flag. Hundene er kommet godt med i forgrunden (hvor irriterende dog at man skal nævne så eksplicit at det ikke handler om husdyr for at undgå at billedet fjernes).

Hello Gert,
You were lucky that the moderators believed your story about the stray dogs, because I understand that they have been very strict with spreading Adam's house rules lately.
And of course we are also lucky, otherwise we would have missed this beautiful photo.
Of course it was also a beautiful photo without the dogs, but they add something special to the picture..
Have a nice day. Groet Rob

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11603 W: 163 N: 19507] (142723)
  • [2018-12-26 1:53]

Witaj Gert!
A very interesting scene, the dogs and covered bridge make impression.
Good POV, perspecive and colors.
Excellent work from your asrchive.
Nice day.

Hello dear Gert,
Another nice "almost" old capture in your gallery.
Again with perfect layout and ligth as well as sharpness. Nice brigth colors and many interesting, usefull notes.
TFS and best regards

Hi Gert
Great composition - the bridge is the foreground, background and the frame for the dogs and also creates a sense of perspective. I love the colourful flags flying in the wind.
This photo brings back so many memories for me.
Best wishes

Bonjour, cher Gert,
De très belles photos qui dormaient au fond d'un disque dur et qui s'éveillent joliment à travers ces compositions.
Ces chiens sauvages empruntent un pont peu commun de bois avec des sculptures.
Toujours des prises de vue qui émerveillent.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 15529 W: 0 N: 16878] (188510)
  • [2018-12-26 4:22]


Un rassemblement de chien quelle iamge quel pont de bois et couleur sueprb eiamge on se demand ce qu'ils font sur le pont et la porte en fond avec l'entrée de la lumière mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11415 W: 174 N: 20888] (92011)
  • [2018-12-26 5:08]


a curious covert bridge with an interesting design and these "wild" dogs walking in the area.nice angle and quality of image.

take care


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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 26241 W: 523 N: 44924] (191415)
  • [2018-12-26 6:12]

Hello Gert,

These dogs are now dead, after fifteen year.
But you took a very nice image with the half stone ceiling.
You chose a very well angle with depth and perspective.
Sharp and clear presentation.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Hi Gert
Belle image du pont de bois, les détails, couleurs, excellente perspective, les chiens sont en bonus, le pont doit surement toujours exciter, mais pas les pauvres chiens

Ciao Gert, lovely composition with nice dogs, excellent perspective, splendid light and wonderful colors very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15673 W: 1055 N: 32789] (152452)
  • [2018-12-26 8:31]

Hi Gert,

bhutan and sri lanka are about the only 2 south asian and east asian countries i have never been to. yet. i like the colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze and the linear perspective of the converging sides of the bridge. the dogs animate the scene & provide focal points. tfs!

Hi Gert,

The length of the bridge is creating depth. The point of view is showing the details of the bridge and of the dogs. The light is enhancing the beauty of the colours. Have a nice day.


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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11641 W: 123 N: 29576] (139254)
  • [2018-12-26 15:19]
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Hello Gert,

Did you travel after the trip to Bhutan and before 2006? Travels with no photos? How it was possible? Instead of people, we see the stray dogs. There are some places where there are many stray dogs, that never bark, are quite, are cared for but they do not belong to anybody. Chile is for instance such a place. And they look similar like these. I suppose you do not care for Christmas so you had nice tome looking at the old photos and scanning them.

Kind regrads MAlgo

Hi Gert
a few things here...first stray dogs...being a dog lover/animal lover, it breaks my heart seeing stray dogs. Came across so many of them in my travels, India, Thailand, Turkey, Chile, Peru come to mind right away. Being a dog, being born in those countries compared to where you and I are is just bad luck I suppose. Second...i love covered bridges. They are so charming and so photogenic. What makes this shot unique is that you captured it INSIDE the bridge, most people capture it from many steps back, like in your WS. I like this view for obvious reasons. Looks great. Cheers

Hello dear Gert and have a nice time
interesting capture concerning dogs
roaming the streets this happens
in Greece too!!!Why!!!because the children
want the small dogs and then they leave them
in the streets my personal opinion is that
they would like to belong to somebody

The attraction was the dogs, but looking at details of the wooden bridge with its flags and pale paint - all are culminating in fine manner, considering a scanned pictures, Gert.
The WS picture gave an idea about the rural area and the surrounding.
Good evening,

*** The WS reflection of working area, was a bit overexposed, that's why chosen as a complementary. Thanks.

Hello Gert,
Both are splendid photos. I like the colors of this dilapidated covered bridge. I assume it's a foot bridge.
Happy Holidays,

Dear Gert,

I like how the black dog looks back to the photographer. Maybe he expected some treats from you. :)

Best Wishes,

Hello Gert,
very intresting note about the need to design buildings that look old, even if they are new. Does it lead to a kind of open-air-museum feeling? Or is it just a relief, that Bhutan is not as ugly as other destinations may be? I never heard of such a law (Bhutan is tiny and far away....), but I suppose some of our towns would have taken benefit of it.
Kind regards,

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4209 W: 0 N: 9976] (68021)
  • [2018-12-28 8:53]

Interesting structure of the bridge, both photos complement each other, a very nice set, and these dogs dont look like pets :)
regards Ryszard

Hello Gert,

Had I only seen your w/s photograph, I would never have dreamt that it looked like the one in your main post! But, I'm so glad that you showed us this photograph for it is so different from any other that I have seen; you have cropped it perfectly to fit the frame and supplied excellent details of materials, design and decoration.
The dogs make a most unusual focal feature but are a great addition for scale, for composition and for knowledge of the location.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hej Gert,
I like the perspective through this covered bridge. Usually it's rather dark on such places, but this one is well illuminated so exposure of the bridge and the background are well in balance. Rough texture looks great. These dogs are well placed and very obviously stray dogs.

Hello Gert.
Very interesting note, which places us in the environment and traditions of the place, good perspective that gives this wooden bridge, peculiar with its different woods, the two dogs from behind it seems that they follow their leader the black one who turns his head.
A curious photo, with natural colors, very good lighting and sharpness.
Well done. I love.
Enjoy the weekend.
Very best regards.

Ciao Gert
ho avuto più o meno la tua stessa reazione durante il passaggio tra analogico e digitale, sono rimasto anche io 2/3 anni senza fare foto, peccato.
Queste foto invece sono molto interessanti e trattano un argomento importante e poco discusso.
Buon anno

Hello Gert,
Bhutan has always seemed like such a fascinating and unique place. I'm glad to see some of your archived photos from Paro. I like the POV from inside the covered bridge, with all the colorful prayer flags blowing in the breeze. The dogs don't seem to mind your presence at all, and they add more life to the scene. Wishing you a wonderful new year! :-)

Hello Gert, strays dogs become a problem in many developing countries because they often kill the native wildlife. They also spread diseases and parasites. Three dogs are roaming on that charming little bridge in wood. Many prayer flags have been fastened here. They are used to promote compassion, peace, strength, and wisdom. Good picture quality

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