Frozen Reflections

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Surrounding mountains reflect in the partially frozen Gurudongmar Lake in North Sikkim.

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. As I walked along the shore I could see ice crystals, which had formed at night, slowly melting in the bright sun. In the middle of the lake, there was a thin sheet of ice which reflected the surrounding mountains.

Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 12mm, F/8, 1/800s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)
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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)

Divine Reflections

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

Surroundings reflect in the high altitude Dhankar Lake near Dhankar Fort in Spiti valley, Himanchal Pradesh.

A thousand feet climb on the hill opposite the Dhankar Monastery and one finds himself in solitude on the banks of this small lake. One one side rise the towering mountains capped with snow and on the other a steep drop to the Spiti Valley.

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. The lake itself was devoid of any human presence except a small temple and a notice board. While the water levels were quite low, the surroundings reflected well on the calm water.

Technical Details

  • Olympus E-M10ii + 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6
  • F/8, 1/800s, ISO1600
  • Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Marooned

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A Shikara stuck amidst the weeds on Dal Lake, Srinagar

Dal Lake in Srinagar is dotted with Shikaras of all shapes in sizes. Over the years many get abandoned at various points on the late. While riding though Srinagar, on the ride to Leh, I stayed at a hotel near to the lake. Early morning, while others slept, I went down to the lake to explore the surrounding.
Early morning as the sun starts coming up, the surface of the lake lights up reflecting the hues of the sunrise. In one remote corner of the lake was this Shikara, all abandoned amidst the weeds.

Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 20mm, F/5.6, 1/400s, ISO400
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Divine Reflections

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Reflections of the Nandi status at Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur, India

While visiting Thanjavur in Dec 2016, I took some time to visit the Brihadeeswarar Temple as second time at night. There had been a thunderstorm in the evening and the temple courtyard had patches of water accumulated in small pools. The temple being well lit, reflected in many of these pools.

The above photograph is of the big statue of Nandi in front of the main temple. This status is carved out of a single rock measuring about 16 ft long and 13 ft high.

Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 15mm, F/4, 1/30s, ISO800
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)