weekly photo challenge: forward

Saturday, February 23:  This week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is FORWARD.

In a new post specifically created for this challenge, share a picture that says FORWARD to you.

Perhaps it’s a path you yourself have taken, the building where you’re starting a great new job, or the curve of your partner’s pregnant belly. It could be an image that shows a physical move, or something that evokes a major life change.

Here are some pictures of a 15 km hike I took in January from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan outside the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal.  Twice during this walk, I came across women walking forward carrying burdens of tree branches larger than they were. I couldn’t even see their faces, just their feet moving, moving, moving.  Forward. I actually tried to run to get ahead of them and take front view pictures, but I couldn’t catch them!  I’m sure they couldn’t wait to release their burdens.

these women were moving forward so fast, I was running to keep up with them!

these women were moving forward so fast, I was running to keep up with them!

another group of ladies further down the path, walking forward with loads that look a little different from the first ladies' loads.

another group of ladies further down the path, walking forward with loads that look a little different from the first ladies’ loads.

The views were beautiful.  My legs were aching, but I kept moving forward down the path, until we reached our destination of Changu Narayan.

moving FORWARD down the path to Changu Narayan

moving FORWARD down the path to Changu Narayan

continuing to move FORWARD down the path

continuing to move FORWARD down the path

I’ll post more on this hike in the coming weeks. 🙂

 

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travel theme: walls

Saturday, January 26:  Ailsa’s travel theme for this week is Walls (See Where’s my backpack?).

Here are some walls from South Asia.

a wall in Bhaktapur, Nepal

a wall in Bhaktapur, Nepal

a wall around a garden of mustard in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

a wall around a garden of mustard in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

a wall in Bhaktapur, Nepal with letters from Nepal's Devanāgarī alphabet

a wall in Bhaktapur, Nepal with letters from Nepal’s Devanāgarī alphabet

inside the Amber Fort outside of Jaipur, India

inside the Amber Fort outside of Jaipur, India

walls in the Amber Fort near Jaipur, India

walls in the Amber Fort near Jaipur, India