Plantgasm is Going to Thailand, Let’s Play a Game
I am going to Thailand. For 10 days. Starting today.
I know, I can’t believe it either.
I’ve been invited on a press tour along with, and because of, Gayla Trail, who recommended me. I’ll be joining her, her husband Davin, and seven other esteemed garden writers of note. Please, nobody tell them they’ve let an amateur gardener and professional dork into their midst.
This is a press tour, which means they’re going to show us around and we’re going to write about it. I’ll be writing here as energy and internet allows (and, of course, I’m open to writing for other media organizations – contact me at fraying at the gmails if you’re interested). I’ll also try to organize a self-published magazine after the tour with contributions from the participants.
It also means I’m going to be a leaf in the river, not really in control of my destiny. I know we’re going to Bangkok, Pattaya, Rayong, and Chiang Mai. I know we’re going to see palaces, gardens, and markets. And I know that it’s Songkran, which means someone is going to dump water on me at some point, and I’m cool with that.
I’m nervous and excited and totally honored to be going on this trip. As readers of this site know, I have a major thing for tropical plants, especially Thailand. Most of the plants in my house would be far happier in Thailand than San Francisco. I can probably name more tropical plants than ones that grow in Golden Gate Park. Going to Thailand is like a pilgrimage to the homeland of my favorite plants. This trip is literally the opportunity of a lifetime.
I want to share my good fortune with you. So let’s play a game! Leave a comment with a photographic challenge and I’ll do my best to find and photograph it in Thailand. The challenges can be something you know is in Thailand (“a blue tuk tuk”) or something that you personally want to see. My challenge to myself is: Photograph the biggest Alocasia you can find.
What would you like me to take a photo of in Thailand? Tell me and I’ll do my best to catch it. And be sure to describe it so I know what to look for. You can follow my progress in my Flickr photos and Twitter tweets.