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In September 2009,  I led a photographic expedition to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. This expedition was timed to coincide with the wonderfully colourful autumn festivals, or tsechus, held in temple courtyards around the country.

Buddhism pervades every aspect of Bhutanese life; monks chant prayers in mountain refuges, glacial streams turn large prayer wheels, and prayer flags on lengths of string release the prayers into the fresh Himalayan breeze.

Bhutanese people are warm and welcoming. Local people still wear traditional dress of woven textiles on a daily basis. English is spoken in even the remotest villages, and there’s nothing unusual about being offered tea wherever you go by people you have only just met.