Flowers Galore

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A meadow in Yumthang Valley covered with wild flowers amidst a row of fluttering Buddhist prayer flags.
Come spring and the Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim becomes home to countless wild flowers adorning the valley with all hues of the spectrum. While the slopes of the valley are full of flowering trees and shrubs like Primula and Rhododendrons, it is the river side meadows which accentuate the beauty of the valley. The tiny wild flowers carpet the meadow weaving an intricate pattern of randomness.
As I was walking down the meadow towards the river, the flowers bordered by the prayer flags and a backdrop of smokey mountains presents a beautiful frame just waiting to be captured.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 40mm, F/8, 1/100s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Cold Wave

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A cold wind blows amidst tourists at Zero Point, Yumthang, North Sikkim
Going by the number of tourists, Zero Point is probably the most popular tourist spot in North Sikkim. Located around 60Km from Lachung, the altitude is not as high and provides ample opportunities to play in snow. Add to the fact that the road goes though the beautiful Yumthang valley, the small area is chock-a-block with tourist vehicles in tourist season.
This picture was taken at Zero point when a cold wind blew around the tourists causing everyone to huddle together and look up to inquire for cause of sudden cold.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 21mm, F/8, 1/400s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Meandering to the Top

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A freshly laid road meanders towards the high mountain peaks ahead
In North Sikkim as you climb towards Gurudongmar Lake, the landscape change to barren lands surrounded by towering snow-clad peaks. The roads zig-zag though the landscape making the going slow; perfect for the traveler who wants to enjoy the moment rather than hurry from one place to other.
This picture was taken while driving from back to Lachen from Gurudogmar Lake. There were few vehicles and the road was empty as far as I could see. The road went up till the hillock below the tall mountains and then dipped in to the valley.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 23mm, F/2.8, 1/4000s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Playtime

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Young lamas at play.

I was in Gangtok, visiting the Gonjang Monastery where I found myself during the meal time for the young Lamas. Like all youngsters, they were more interested in playing rather than eating. Outside the kitchen, these kids were playing rather than going about their meal.
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 32mm, F/2.8, 1/500s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Nature’s Painting

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A foot bridge across a river in North Sikkim

North Sikkim with its mountains, valleys, rivers and waterfalls is as picturesque as nature can get. Add to it some human elements like the bridge above and you have the makings of a beautiful landscape photograph.
While driving to Lachen from Gangtok, every turn of the road presented with a beautiful view encompassing these elements of nature. While it was not possible to stop at every point, I took a lot of pictures handheld from the moving vehicle.
The resulting not-so-sharp focus gives the impression of a painting on canvas.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 36mm, F/2.8, 1/250s, ISO800
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)