DAILY PHOTO: Fruit of the Delta

Taken in December of 2015 in the Mekong Delta

Taken in December of 2015 in the Mekong Delta

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All these were taken on the islands near My Tho in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.

DAILY PHOTO: Dragon Head Totem

Taken in December 2015 in the Saigon Delta

Taken in December 2015 in the Mekong Delta

 

Dragons feature prominently in Vietnamese temples. These mythical beasts are one of four sacred creatures common to Vietnamese folklore. The others are the Phoenix, Unicorn, and a kind of Tortoise. The unicorn isn’t the variety seen on the book covers of 16-year-old girls, it’s a nasty beast.

DAILY PHOTO: The Eyes Have It

Taken in December of 2015 in the Mekong Delta

Taken in December of 2015 in the Mekong Delta

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In the Mekong Delta, the ships have eyes. Well, many of them do anyway. The eyes painted on the bow of boats and ships are to ward off evil. Interestingly, the one class of boats that typically don’t have eyes are fishing vessels. Fishermen fear the eyes will scare away the fish, and they’re willing to take their chances with evil. Plus, we all know that evil fish are the most tasty.

DAILY PHOTO: How’d You Like to be a Crocodile Dentist?

Taken on December 21, 2015 in the Mekong Delta

Taken on December 21, 2015 in the Mekong Delta

 

Being able to see the color of a crocodile’s tongue, but not the color of its eyes, isn’t comforting.

But could someone get in there and floss the green gunk out of this fella’s teeth.