Bridge to the Unknown

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A stream flows past a small bridge leading to remote grazing meadows of Zanskar.

During summer months as the snow melts, the streams get flooded and water level rises. The streams fiercely flow down the mountain side to join the Suru river. Most of these streams have no bridges and one has to wade through the cold freezing water for crossing.
I did an impromptu stop of two days in this place. The remoteness and of course the beautiful surroundings were what made me stay. On the second day I wandered around the valley and visited the Drang Drung Glacier.

The picture, with the towering Himalayas in the backdrop and a small bridge was  taken a few Km from the Randum Monastery alongside one of the several summer grazing meadows.

Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 20mm, F/16, 1s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)
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Fishing in the Lachen

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A local boy throws a net to catch fishes in the Lachen River, North Sikkim
The road to Lachen and ahead to Gurudongmar Lake snakes along the Lachen River cutting through deep valleys and postcard views. Going downstream the river merges into Lachung and then Teesta River.
As one goes higher and deeper into North Sikkim, the fishing gets better and fishes tastier. These were the words of a local boy whom I met on my way to Gurudongmar Lake.
We had stopped at a small clearing used for trucks to load river sand. The boy had traveled from Chungthang with a group of friends to spend the day fishing. By the time I met him, they were about to call it a day with their catch which was a large bucket full of 6″ to 8″ long fishes.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 12mm, F/2.8, 1/80s, ISO250
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Piousness in Red

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Group of pilgrims all dressed in red @Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur, India

The Brihadeeswarar Temple at Thanjavur temple is a sight to behold and a marvel of ancient Indian architecture. The premises attract an audience of all kinds who are an experience to shoot. A majority of the visitors come as groups of pilgrims, temple hoping across the numerous temples in the area and typically dressed up in a particular way.

In this picture a group of ladies dresses in a red/yellow sari walk down the surrounding outer precincts of the temple.

Technical Details

Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 32mm, F/8, 1/200s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Drang Drung Glacier at Pensi-La

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Drang Drung Glacier flows east from Doda Peak to form the Stod River which eventually joins Zanskar River downstream.

Pensi La is the highest mountain pass between Kargil and Padum in Zanskar. It acts as a gateway to Zanskar.
Located around 25Km from Julidok village in Rangdum Valley, the terrain is barren and surroundings are beautiful. I did an impromptu stop of two days in the Julidok village. The remoteness and of course the beautiful surroundings were what made me stay.

The picture is taken from the top of the Pensi La, looking east towards the  Drang Drung Glacier.

Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 16mm, F/4, 1/1250s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Moonset over Spiti Valley

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This is a 5 shot panorama. Click on the picture above to see a full screen version.

Moon sets in the west as the first rays of sun illuminate the peaks across the Spiti River from Dhankar

The trail that leads to Dhankar Lake has panoramic views of the village of Dhankar with its new and old monastery. For 3/4th of the distance the trail rises steeply with open views of the valley below.

I had woken up early for the early morning walk to the lake from the Monastery (where I was staying) before any other soul stirred. The three dogs who got startled as I open the door, ungrudging  accompanied me on the walk up to the lake. Taking my time going up, I occasionally stopping to take in the rising sun shower its blessings on the monastery and the village below.

In the 5 shot panorama above, the entire valley is still deep in shadows while the peaks to the West receive their first rays of sun. The moon can also be seen setting on the left.

Technical Details

  • Olympus E-M10ii + 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6
  • F/5, 1/60s, ISO200
  • Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)