Dragonflies in Phimai

A selection of photographs of dragonflies I have seen in Phimai district.

1 . Common redbolt (Rhodothemis rufa)

2. Yellow-striped flutterer (Rhyothemis phyllis)

Variegated flutterer

3. Variegated flutterer (Rhyothemis variegata)   4. Blue adjudant (Aethriamanta aethra)

5. Pied paddy skimmer (Neurothemis tullia)

6. Green marsh hawk (Orthetrum sabina sabina)

 

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Pictures from Phimai – October 2017

A few photographs taken in Phimai this month.

1. A rural scene only a few kilometres from the town centre.

2. Phimai barrage dam gates fully open.

3. People having fun playing in flood water.

4. Inside the Phimai rice research centre.

5. Inundated trees.

6. Sunset at the bypass junction – 22 October 2017.

7. Rural sunset – 24 October 2017.

The “city pillar” in Phimai

A photograph of the city pillar (lak-meuang / หลักเมือง) in Phimai town.

หลักเมืองพิมาย

The city pillar is covered and is used as a shrine (ศาล) to house the local guardian spirit – “jao-por lak-meuang pimai – เจ้าพ่อหลักเมืองพิมาย”. ศาลเจ้าพ่อหลักเมืองพิมาย

Some people believe that city pillars are related to the original centre a town or city.

city pillar Phimai หลักเมือง

The city pillar in Phimai town is located next to the temple “wat derm“.

 

Phimai in bloom – April 2017

One colourful tree that has been in bloom in Phimai this month has been the Royal Poinciana (Latin: Delonix regia /Thai: หางนกยูงฝรั่ง – peacock tail), also called the flamboyant tree or flame tree due to its large bright red/orange/scarlet flowers.

หางนกยูงฝรั่งThis particular flame tree can be found growing in the area near the Banyan Tree.

Royal PoincianaA cluster of brightly coloured flowers.

flame tree fruitThe above photograph shows the fruit of the tree – a long woody legume.

Delonix regiaA flower of the flamboyant Royal Poinciana tree in Phimai, Thailand.

The Phimai circuit 2016

The Phimai circuit is a series of  three 5km road running races in Phimai town.  The races are held two months apart. The dates for this year’s Phimai circuit road races are below.

Saturday 28 May 2016

Saturday 30 July 2016

Saturday 24 September 2016

Phimai 5km road running circuit 2016

Racing is scheduled to start at 6am from in front of Phimai Hospital.

Phimai hospital - 5km run start-finish line

Location map of Phimai Hospital.

Loy gratong festival – How to make your own gratong

How to make your own gratong

It will soon be loy gratong day again. Why not make your own gratong this year instead of buying one? It’s not too difficult if you can get the materials.

making a gratong in Phimai

You will need:
– A slice of banana trunk or foam about 13cm diameter and 3cm thick
– Banana leaves to cover and decorate the base
– Small flowers for decoration
– Three incense sticks
– A small candle
– Scissors
– Pins, toothpicks and a stapler to hold things in place

How to put it together
1. First, check your slice of  banana trunk floats. If it is too thick, it will sink.
2. Cut a banana leaf into strips slightly thicker than the thickness of your base.
3. Pin the strips of banana leaf to cover the edge of the base. Trim as necessary.
4. Place the base on a banana leaf and use a pen to draw around the base. Cut to shape.
5. Pin the round banana leaf cut-out to one end of the stem or foam base. Trim.
6. Make decorative shapes with banana leaf strips and pin them to the base.
7. Decorate the base with flowers. Use pins or toothpicks to stick the flowers to the base. For small flowers, use pins. For bigger flowers use toothpicks.
8. Push three incense sticks into the top of the base.
9. Push in a candle near the incense sticks. You might need to make a hole first using scissors.

Home made gratong Phimai

Just before you launch your gratong into the water, light the candle, making sure the incense sticks start to burn.

In 2015, Loy Gratong takes place on 25 November.