Blurred Memories


The Himalayan peaks of Nun-Kun  showing through a fogged window in Rangdun, Zanskar Valley.

Rangdum is a small valley halfway between Kargil and Padum, a town in Zanskar. I did an impromptu stop of two days at the Julidok village which is located next to Suru River.

While it was the peak of summer, it was still cold enough for the windows to get fogged up at night. After a morning walk around the valley taking pictures, I went back to the warmth of my quilt and thorough the window watched the sun slowly bath the valley in light.
Technical details: Canon G1XMk2, 22mm, F/8, 1/125s, ISO100

Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)


Inverted Impressions


Snowy mountains reflecting in a seasonal glacial lake in the Upper Suru Valley.

During summer season, as the snow melts numerous small stream flow down the mountain slopes and create small and large glacial lakes on valley floors. These lakes and the green grass of the meadows attract both humans and animals alike.

While riding through the Suru Valley towards Rangdum, I came across this lake which reflected the beauty of the surroundings.

Technical details: Canon G1XMk2, 17mm, F/8, 1/320s, ISO320
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Fluttering Amidst the Snows


Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the wind above the partly frozen lake surrounded by snow-covered mountains.

Gurudongmar Lake, is one of the highest lakes in the world and is situated in the state of Sikkim in India. The lake, considered sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus, is named after Guru Padmasambhava, founder of Tibetan Buddhism who visited the lake in the 8th century.

This picture was taken on a visit to North Sikkim on a family trip. Around the lake in several places prayer flags were fluttering in the wind. As I walked on a ridge along the lake, the flags with the frozen lake below and snow-capped peaks above presented a very surreal experience.

Technical details: Olympus E-M10ii w/12-40F2.8, F5.6, 1/100s, 12mm, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Peeping Through Fog


Sun peeps though the fog amidst Ragi fields and coconut trees new Kollegal. Karnataka, India
The Cauvery basin on the South-East of Bangalore is a fertile land strewn with fields of all kinds predominantly Rice and Ragi. From the middle of the winters till the end, the crops mature and cover the field with a golden hue. Winter is also time for the fog to engulf everything in the morning. The fields, often bordered with coconut trees, present a picturesque view in the golden light of the morning filtering through the fog.
This picture was taken on a bike ride as I was traveling East of Kollegal towards the Dhondenling Tibetan Settlement. More pictures from the ride:
Technical details: Olympus E-M10ii w/14-42EZ, F8, 1/160s, 17mm, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Barren Landscape


Barren landscape on the other side of Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim
In North Sikkim as you climb towards Gurudongmar Lake, the landscape change to barren lands surrounded by towering snow-clad peaks. The area surrounding the lake is completely devoid of any visible vegetation. In the distance, snow-capped peeks adorn the horizon while the plains below are at the mercy of howling winds.
This picture is a 7-pic panorama, taken while I was walking around the lake. On one side was the semi-frozen lake, while on the other was a this cold desert.
Technical details: Olympus E-M10ii with Olympus M.12-40, F3.5, 1/4000s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)