Under the observant gaze of a bindi-clad woman in a storefront advertisement, men discuss the day’s happenings and observe passersby on a main road in Munnar, India. Munnar is well known for its tea-growing estates, which are some of the highest in the world.
Tricia A. Mitchell is a freelance writer and photographer. Born in Europe but raised in the United States, she has lived in Valletta, Malta; Heidelberg, Germany; and Split, Croatia. An avid globetrotter who has visited more than 65 countries, she has a penchant for off-season travel. Tricia has learned that travel’s greatest gift is not sightseeing, rather it is the interactions with people. Some of her most memorable experiences have been sharing a bottle of champagne with distant French cousins in Lorraine, learning how to milk goats in a sleepy Bulgarian village, and ringing in the Vietnamese New Year with a Hanoi family. She welcomes any opportunity to practice French and German, and she loves delving into a place’s history and artisanal food scene.
A former education administrator and training specialist, Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in international relations. She and her husband, Shawn, married in the ruins of a snowy German castle. They’ve been known to escape winter by basing themselves in coastal Croatia or Southeast Asia.
Her writing has appeared in Fodor’s Travel, Frommer’s, and International Living.
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10 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: Under Watchful Eyes – Munnar, India”
Great photo and love the title.
That is a super capture, Tricia. I love the juxtaposition, its impact enhanced by your decision to go with B&W.
Rachael, many thanks. Ironically in the Munnar Tea Fields, it’s the women who are under the watchful eye of their male supervisors, so I thought this photo offered an interesting contrast!
It’s been a while since your last post Tricia. Glad your travels remain interesting.
Victor, you’re correct about my writing hiatus. :) We’re back visiting in Germany now (more from Deutschland to share in the coming weeks!) I hope I’m not disorienting my dear readers by flitting from continent to continent!
I so look forward to your posts. Your photographs are evocative and unusual. You do beautiful work. Bravo. Virginia
Virginia, how kind. Again, I’m humbled by your supportive comments. To belocchio, I say grazie, grazie!
wonderful capture Tricia!
Thanks, Marina! The men looked at me oddly as I snapped this one, then flashed big smiles when they saw the lady over their shoulders. :)