You can't help but be drawn to them, to photograph them. The monks are all beautiful - their saffron robes against their dark skin, their closely shaved heads. I find the look stunning and exotic - it's not exactly a sight you see every day here at home. I found the Thai monks to be more shy, more earnest; the Lao monks to be more friendly, outgoing, eager to converse. In any case, they were gentle and accommodating; I, in turn, hope I was respectful and appropriate in my interactions with them. Thought I'd start this blog out with a bang; these are some of my favorite images of the trip.