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Some of my best images are a result of my having been in the right place at the right time. But I must admit that I managed to take my favourite of those because I was in the right place at the right time… by mistake or some other kind of misfortune.

I wouldn’t have taken this image if not for the fact that the bus driver on the route Yangon - Mawlamyine simply forgot to drop me off at the bus stop where I was supposed to get off. Only some two hours later, I realised that the journey was taking too long and that Buddhist temples had disappeared giving way to the various symbols of Hindu religion – sure sign I was far in the south. One of the bus crew got off with me and helped me find transport to travel all the way back.

To make a long story short… I arrived at Kinpun just in time to catch the last truck to the Golden Rock Pagoda. That truck is normally used by tourists staying in the expensive hotels on the top of the hill, where the pagoda is located. For sworn budget travellers like me, the choice is either to catch the last truck back to Kinpun or walk, in the dark, for 14 km, along the mountain road.

To use the first of those options, I had only 15 minutes to take a photo. Sounds like plenty of time, but the pagoda is not exactly located by the truck stop, more like 5 minutes’ brisk walk, interrupted by various pit stops – to pay the admission fee, get checked by the security guards, take off ones shoes… When I reached the viewpoint I only had enough time to put up the tripod and take two 30 second exposures. And then to run back to the truck stop.

If I hadn’t arrived late I wouldn’t have taken a dusk image of the pagoda. I would have contented myself with some afternoon and evening shots (and the sunset was not exactly to die for that day) and would have spent the last 15 minutes or so waiting for the last truck to Kinpun.

But that, thankfully, wasn’t to be.

In WS two more photos, taken the following day.

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