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Snapshots from Mae Hong Son: Chicken

Posted date:  January 26, 2010

A native of Ban Mae Lana, Mae Hong Son, and his chicken

To regular readers, it will come as no surprise that, yet again, I find myself up in Mae Hong Son, northern Thailand. This time I’m only up here for 10 days, and am already doing a fair bit of writing, so I’d prefer to keep my blogging to mostly image-based, marginally food-related posts. A caveat: I’m shooting with my old D100, a single 35mm f/2 and am editing the images on a laptop, so the images won’t be amazing, but to be honest, I find that the 400ISO JPEGs from this camera have an attractive old-school film-like quality.

I came across the guy above just outside Ban Mae Lana, possibly the most attractive rural village anywhere in the country. He made for a nice portrait, but initially I was drawn to his ‘luggage’:

Chicken in travel container, Ban Mae Lana, Mae Hong Son

a chicken container carved out of a length of bamboo, complete with a window and airholes! He explained that he takes the rooster into the woods, ties it to something and encourages it to call. This  apparently attracts any ‘wild chickens’ (kai paa), which he then shoots. Unfortunately this particular chicken wasn’t yet ready. “He’s still scared of the forest,” explained the man, “He needs to be trained.”

6 Comments for Snapshots from Mae Hong Son: Chicken

What a find, Austin. I love it!

[…] Image credit: Austin Bush. […]

It’s really amazing, I’ve stayed almost one year around Ubon (several years ago) and I’ve never seen it.
Thanks for all your food pictures, it always make me hungry (ok, not tis one)!

[…] above is Mae Lana, the Shan village mentioned in my previous post. Mae Lana is located about 50km northeast of Mae Hong Son in a steep picturesque valley and is […]

are these photos 400ISO?
they do look kinda old skool 🙂

great set of Mae Hong Son photos!

You’re a really talented photgrapher! These pictures are inspiring..

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