Postcards from our September 2016 issue

JAVA, INDONESIA: Light my fire: A major festival in the Buddhist calendar, Vesak celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. Borobudur is a central meeting point for Buddhists from all over Indonesia. This year, the festival was held on May 21, and I was lucky enough to witness this spectacular event. Processions are led and festivities take place through the day, and, at night, thousands of lanterns are lit and released into the starry sky. The scene is magical.
Photographer: LPMI reader Sirsendu Gayen

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CHEFCHAOUEN, MOROCCO: Cool shades: My boyfriend and I had hiked up to a hillside church near Chefchaouen for a better view of the city’s striking blue buildings. I took this shot when we returned to the town and were seeking shade in its narrow alleyways. I saw this lady climbing the stairs and liked the way her bright clothing contrasted with the blue background. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, and brought back fond memories of my trip to another blue city, Jodhpur, in India.
Photographer: LPMI reader Rosemary Schweitzer
CAMARGUE, FRANCE: The mane event: This was my third trip to Camargue to shoot the famous white stallions of the region. I keep going back to perfect my image, as I always know I can do better. A group of us joined a five-day photographic tour based near Les Saintes- Maries-de- la-Mer. We went out every day, giving ourselves the very best opportunities to photograph the animals as they raced through the water in the early mornings and again in the evenings. Every day, the sun gave us such beautiful colours (though with the warmth, also came the mosquitoes). I felt so privileged to be in that wonderful location and photographing these magnificent horses.
Photographer: LPMI reader Lillian King