Last year for Merlin’s 70th birthday, we celebrated in Hong Kong while conducting a bat/photography workshop. This year it was in the Painted Bat Village of Thailand, photographing painted bats. After cake and song, he was summoned to the road. There waiting to be launched were two large paper and bamboo lanterns with flames inside. It’s a customary practice in Northern Thailand. You make a wish before raising and letting them float off into the night sky.
Special thanks to Daniel Hargreaves, P’Kwang, Pongsanant and Kop of the BatThai Team, and the whole Peung Family for one of the most unique birthday surprises of my life!