Chasing the Sun

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Sun rises through the mist on one of the back-roads of Bangalore

I love riding out to the back-roads on winter mornings. The villages are just waking up, smell of the smoke is in the air and the sun is peeping though the mist. The stillness of the morning, the slow smoke that rises and then hangs in the air and the motion of the people just starting to go about their day’s business, all come together to create a slow rhythm to the morning which we city dwellers often yearn for.
The picture above is on the outskirts of Bangalore where I paused for a few minutes to enjoy such a morning.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 12.5mm, F/5.6, 1/640s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Zigzagging Through

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Tributaries zig zag down the mountain and merge into a larger river

During summer months as the snow melts, it gives rise to numerous rivulets which zigzag down the mountains to form streams and culminate into rivers. The valleys of Zanskar are full of such small streams originating in melting snows .
During summers, a lot of wild life makes these meadows their home due to plentiful grass and water.
While riding through the Suru Valley towards Rangdum, I came across this small valley branching off on the side with several small rivulets zigzagging though the greens.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 33.7mm, F/4.5, 1/200s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Nature’s Carpet

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Wild flowers forming a carpet alongside the Manali Leh Highway

Between Manali and Leh the terrain and visuals change many a times. From lush green fields, to carpeted valleys to rugged terrain with seemingly nothing growing to snow covered passes it is a visual feast to drive on this highway.
As I was driving down towards Manali from Zing Zing Bar, The road snaked through what seemed a hand woven carpet of multiple hues. As I descended down to the river bed, I found wild flowers spread all over the sides creating a beautiful mosaic like a woven carpet.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 12.5mm, F/2.8, 1/400s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Long Lonely Walk

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A monk takes a long lonely walk from Julidok Vilage towards the Rangdum Monastery in Rangdum Valley, Zanskar

Julidok is a small village halfway between Kargil and Padum, a town in Zanskar.
The village is situated next to Suru River and the valley floor is covered with moraine. On one end of the valley is situated the Randum Monastery atop a small hill. I did an impromptu stop of two days in this place. The remoteness and of course the beautiful surroundings were what made me stay.
The residents of the Monastery are quite welcoming and one can spend sometime visiting the inside with its small museum. I for myself used their courtyard for a nice afternoon siesta. Seeing me lie down, an elderly monk was nice enough to give me his shawl to cover myself.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 62.5mm, F/10, 1/125s, ISO500
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)
Here’s a   B&W version of the same image:BikeRide_Leh_679x1600-BW

Siesta

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An old man catches a nap next to a fire lit for making tea
At Jageshwar there are a cluster of temples mostly dedicated to Shiv. Located in a narrow valley near Almora, Uttarakhand, the temples date back to 9th century. The valley is covered with dense Deodar forests and is a pleasure to walk along. The road is mostly isolated with a few small shops until it reaches the cluster of temples. Then there is the usual visual cacophony of shops and people.
During the autumn of 2016,  I was riding out of Nainital and happened to cross the area. Few Km into the Jageshwar valley, I was caught by a sudden thunderstorm and took shelter in a tea shop. It was a cold afternoon and as my tea boiled, the shop owner caught a few winks.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
Exposure: 42mm, F/5.6, 1/40s, ISO1600
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)