Tragedy and Hope

I am currently traveling in Myanmar. Two images I found with feeling and thoughts:

A simple image brings deep thoughts of sadness with the recent problems in France, Mali and other parts of the World. Hoping for Peace..

Yesterday I wandered around the Muslim, Hindu, Indian part of a town in Southern Myanmar. My guide and I were overwhelmed with the welcome we received. The Burmese people in general are very warm and welcoming, but this was a different level. I found another simple wall that I was drawn to. This one brought on deep feelings of hope and happiness. As I photographed the local people in front of this wall, I felt comfort and peace. I went back again this morning to visit the locals and witness a young boy custodian do his daily ritual at the Hindu temple.