This Buddhist monastery on Taung Kalat (meaning pedestal hill) is Southwest of Mount Popa Burma (Myanmar), The site is atop a precipitous volcanic plug and is accessed via a 777 step stairway. The Taung Kalat is often erroneously referred to as Mount Popa.
This photo was taken from the Mount Popa Resort. Mount Popa is the name of the volcano which is sometimes called the Mount Olympus of Burma because many of the locally revered Mahagiri Nats (spirits) are said to reside there. At the base of the Taung Kalat is a shrine containing effigies of all 37 Nats.
Many families of cheeky macaque monkeys inhabit the Talung Kalat, the monastery and the surrounding region.
During our entire stay in Burma the sky was hazy and the atmosphere dry and dusty, the plains behind the Talung Kalat were barely visible and this image required a bit of fiddling to reduce the haze.
Canon EOS450D EF 75-300mm
ISO200 1/250s f/10 f=300mm
The image below is from the same place shot at f=130mm