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
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Last Tree Standing

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A lone tree stands amidst a field overgrown with shrubs.
One one of my bike rides towards Dhimbam Ghats, I took an alternate route via a Tibetan settlement called Odayarpalya. Late morning the spring weather was beautiful and the heat was still not a problem.
I parked on the side of the road and strolled down the narrow road looking at the Gompas on the other side. After a while I turned around and saw this lone tree. With the rolling hills on the back and a settlement on far right, it made for a picturesque frame.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 62.5mm, F/3.9, 1/125s, ISO400
Editing: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)

Drive-by Blessings

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A truck  stops to allow its passengers take blessings from the gods.
One one of my bike rides towards Dhimbam Ghats, I took an alternate route via a Tibetan settlement called Odayarpalya. Late morning the spring weather was beautiful and the heat was still not a problem.
I stopped on the side of the road admiring the rolling hills and serenity of the moment. Suddenly a truck rose out of a dip on the road and stopped in front of the three Gompas. The occupants bowed to the gods seeking blessings.
It must’ve taken me around half a minute to pull out the camera and point towards the truck. By that time I had missed the heads bowed in devotion and the truck’s quick stop was over.

As the truck  crossed me, it stopped again trying to figure out what I was doing on that lonely stretch of back road. A nod, a smile, a friendly wave and both parties moved on in opposite directions.

Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 55mm, F/7.1, 1/3200s, ISO400
Editing: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)