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Ayeyarwady or Irrawaddy Sunset

Ayeyarwady or Irrawaddy Sunset
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2001-10
Categories: River
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 24-70 mm f 2,8 L-USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-17 12:04
Viewed: 6479
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For today's posting I have gone to Burma or Myanmar - a much troubled country. I do not usually take sunsets, but since we had gone on the river to see the sunset over the 1000 pagodas (and there are very nearly that many) I took this shot into the sunset - away from the ruins.

The Irrawaddy is one of the great rivers of the world - rising in the Himmalayas. Below are some notes.

The Ayeyarwady River or Irrawaddy River flows through Burma and is the country’s largest river (about 1350 miles or 2170 km long) and its most important commercial waterway, with a drainage area of about 158,700 square miles (411,000 km˛).

The Ayeyarwaddy River starts in Kachin State, at the confluence of the Mali Hka and N'Mai Hka rivers. The western Mali Hka branch arises from the end of the southern Himalayas, north of Putao, and (like the main river) is called Nam Kiu in the Shan language.
The Ayeyarwaddy River bisects the country from north to south and empties through a nine-armed delta into the Indian Ocean. In colonial times, before railways and automobiles, the river was known as the "Road to Mandalay". Although navigable by large vessels to Myitkyina for a distance over 1600 km from the ocean, the river is also full of sandbanks and islands, making such navigation difficult. For many years, the only bridge built to cross the Ayeyarwady River was the Inwa Bridge.

The names Irrawaddy and Ayeyarwady are believed to have derived either from the Sanskrit name Iravati, a sacred river and minor goddess in Indian mythology, or from her son Airavata, the elephant mount of Indra.

The Irrawaddy gives its name to a dolphin, the Irrawaddy dolphin (Orcaella brevistosus), which is found in the river. Though sometimes called the Irrawaddy River Dolphin, it is not a true river dolphin, since it is also found at sea.

This is a scanned slide.

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A very impressive light show James,

the water carries the colour and light very well.
The hills silhouetted against the sky make a fine backdrop.


Hi James,
Is there a country you haven't visited yet?
I am glad to see you posting this wonderful sunset. Normally less clouds make for a better opportunity, but with the gaps in this cloud formation it does work. Wonderful colors and a lovely view. The exposure is superb controlled, especially since I see some fog across the river.

beautiful picture of sunset. I love landscapes , perticularly, sun sets. Here, the colors are very saturated and pleasing. The river is cool and picture is fabulous.

Which country you have not been to, James?
You are undoubtedly the most experienced globe trotter so far as the statistics on TN are concerned.
And you were able to travel in this troubled country in 2001. Very daring!
The sunset over the river is just beautiful.

Coming to your note on the river, you have given a wonderful account of this river in terms of its source and long passage through Burma and its historical significance.
The river flowing through my home district Chamba in Himachal Pradesh also bears the name "Iravati", though common usage has now shortened it to "Ravi".
Thank you for sharing this beautiful image from a country I have quite of bit of interest in for its historical links with India and as a setting for great works of fiction, especially The Glass Palace by Amitava Ghosh. Even Conrad's Lord Jim seems to have some association with this region in general.
Best regards.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-17 13:25]

Hi James,
the map on your intro is slower getting more and more yellow..;o)
Lovely colours here, great back lighting on the clouds and i like those beams of light shining through to the right.

Those colors are superb James! This is another great scenery with excellent exposure, beautiful lightning and great notes! I'll say like Ram, is there a country that you didn't visit? :) Thanks,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-17 15:14]

Hi James. A very nice susset you have captured here. very good colours in the clouds and river.the warm light refecting on the river is very good.anice compostion all round. with great notes. thanks.
very well done TFS.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-17 16:08]

selam james; excellent shot of this landscape, good details presented , very nice colorful BG and POV, well captured with naturel colours TFS

I imagine that all of this travelling has really broadened your knowledge of geography. You are certainly helping me along! What striking lavenders and oranges and golds you captured here. Thanks for sharing it and your knowledge.

Evelynn : )

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-17 22:56]

Hello James

Is there a country you have not visited?Another beautiful vista from your travels.The colours are vivid and the composition well done.The golden reflection is spectacular.TFS


Hello James
What a wonderful colors here,
Fantastic colors and composition,
Great POV and Note,Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-18 6:25]

Hi James,
a beautiful sunset.
Great colours and composition.
Well done,

Hi James.
Amazing light which you have done a superb image of. The colours exposed excellent, wonderful detail and reflection in the water.

New Zealand

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-19 18:05]

Hi James,
Sunsets are welcome as long as they are colorful and interesting as in this case. Excellent exposure job in a tricky situation. Regards,

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-26 10:21]

Hello James, excellent capture, beautiful sunset! it is so peaceful and calm. great POV and composition, very sharp and colorful...well done.

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