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Traffic on the NW-bound highway passes over a nondescript bridge across the Chao Phraya River about 90 kilometers outside Bangkok.

 

Yellow [for The King] and Blue [for his Queen] flags are prominent throughout Thailand, where the vast majority of the population revere The King who has been Monarch of Thailand for 65 years.

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Traffic on the NW-bound highway passes over a nondescript bridge across the Chao Phraya River about 90 kilometers outside Bangkok.

 

Yellow [for The King] and Blue [for his Queen] flags are prominent throughout Thailand, where the vast majority of the population revere The King who has been Monarch of Thailand for 65 years.

comments (17)

Modernity and tradition side by side.
Ray: Its not a very good image, Graeme, but I was trying hard to show how dynamic the flags are in the breeze.
exactly. and when "yellow" is spoken, often "shirts" come to the mind. i like the vignette in this image
Ray: The "Yellow Shirts" movement co-opted the King's colour for their own use...trying to demonstrate they loved the King more than their opposing "Red Shirts".

The King stopped wearing yellow shirts, and is now to be seen in pink ones.
I like the idea of the flags.
Ray: I don't mind a flag here and there, but Thailand seems to be always awash in the darn things.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Sep 2012, 03:41
65 years? OMG! No wonder they the flags are flying!
Ray: He's been on the throne even longer than The Queen of England.

Thailand is big on flags...I once read there is a direct relationship internationally between number of flags and incompetence of government.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Sep 2012, 06:43
there is some blue for the Queen at the sky, too - and therfe is wild wind in Thailand - this means fresh air from the ocean despite the smoky traffic.
Ray: I was hoping the flags would look like they were waving enthusiastically, Philine.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 10 Sep 2012, 07:01
Our Monarchs seem to last well, Ray
Ray: Must be a good life, Lisl...
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands.
  • 10 Sep 2012, 07:55
Lots of wind on this (I assume) bridge, I think the King can approve of this shot. wink
Were you on the bike? On what side of the road, cars drive?
Read your replies, thanks for the education.
Ray: We were on a day-trip, Strid, to visit a Meditation Centre outside Bangkok. I stopped the car at one end of the bridge then walked back to make this shot. I also took tomorrow's shot from the same spot.
I have no flags flying on my personaly owned plot of land Ray ... So what does that say about me.
Ray: I can only guess, Richard...it could be one or a combination of:

#1...too stingy to buy flags
#2...has flags but is struggling with the technical details of aviation
#3...thinks he has flags but short-term memory failure has caused him to forget where he put them
#4...had flags but gave them to the widder-woman next door in the hope it would lead to a generous response
#5...has flags but is using them as wrappers on the enormous Indian Hemp Inhaleable Incense Stogies he has developed
#6...had flags but the missus sewed them into underwear for the local homeless kids.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 10 Sep 2012, 08:14
That's a long reign Ray: no wonder they are venerated. Did Communism ever rear its ugly head?
Ray: Communism did make a play in the 1970's, Chris, but the King spent a couple of years in the hills with the communist leaders and talked them into abandoning their push. Laos, just a little to the North, succumbed.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet
  • 10 Sep 2012, 08:39
I would not be popular in Siam with my anti monarchy views.
Ray: I think you would be quite famous, Chad...the Lese Majeste Law is enforced with enthusiasm in Thailand, and so you would quite quickly be invited to stay for free in the Bangkok Hilton [local prison].
Strewth he's been Kinging longer than old Liz has been queening.
Ray: This is true, Bill. In fact, it would be about 70 years of reign now, except that he declined to be crowned for about 5 years until he turned 18.
Nice POV Ray. Is Thai car park as old as it looks?
Ray: Its not very old, Juan Carlos...it seems there is a rather poor maintenance routine in place, so deterioration can be fast.
No room to fish off that bridge.
Ray: Lack of room, of course, is something Asians can handle easily...I have seen them fishing from here, Mary. There are a lot of fish in this river, too!
  • Alan
  • Southampton, England
  • 10 Sep 2012, 12:39
Makes our HM The Queen seem like a newbie then. This is very colourful.
Ray: Yes...she's a mere pup, Alan.
  • Pierre
  • belgique
  • 10 Sep 2012, 15:01
J'aime bien cette enfilade de drapeaux.
Ray: Thank you, Pierre. I thought the fluttering flags made a dull image interesting.
Great motion effect of the flags Ray. It must have been quite windy!
Ray: Stiff breeze, but not too much, Richard.
That is a long time to rule nice idea about the flags.
Ray: Yes...difficult to imagine how a person can handle the pressure for so long, Martin...Thailand is not always placid and stable.

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