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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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