Thursday, 31 January 2013

Super Snowscape Images From Ladakh

Early summer from end May sees beginning of tourist season to Ladakh. Most of the high altitude passes just having cleared of the snow, vehicles from Leh loaded with tourists start plying to various destinations of Ladakh. My two visits to Ladakh being from end May to early June, the snowscapes could be captured at many destinations as well as on the jeep route. Some selected frames from my collection is presented below.

Image 1 Date: 24.5.2010
Trans-Himalayan range aerial view

 Image 2  Date: 24.5.2010
Snow view From Leh

 Image 3  Date: 24.5.2010
Snow view from Leh

Image 4  Date: 25.5.2010
Snow view between Chotrtens – Shey, Leh

 Image 5  Date: 25.5.2010
Snow view reflection – Shey village

Image 6  Date: 26.5.2010
Changla Baba temple – Chang-la pass

Image 7  Date: 26.5.2010
Lone sentinel at Chang-la

 Image 8  Date: 1.6.2010
Snow peak panorama from South Pullu

Image 9   Date: 1.6.2010
Buddhist temple at Khardung-la

 Image 10  Date:  2.6.2010
Passing through Khardung

Image 11  Date: 2.6.2010
Icicles Galore on way to Khardung-la ( return journey )

Image 12  Date: 2.6.2010
Zig zag path as seen from jeep – beyond Khardung-la

Image 13  Date: 2.6.2010
Rinchen Cafetaria at Kahardung-la

 Image 14  Date: 2.6.2010
Road journey beyond Khardung-la

Image 15  Date: 31.5.2012
Zoji-la on way to Kargil

Image 16 Date: 1.6.2012
View from Rangdum Monastery

 Image 17  Date: 1.6.2012
View at Penzi-la, Zanskar

Image 18  Date: 1.6.2012
Drang Drung Glacier, Zanskar

Image 19  Date: 5.6.2012
View from Namika-la

Image 20  Date: 5.6.2012
View from Fotu-la


Monday, 21 January 2013

Luring Landscape Images of Ladakh

The Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh has no dearth of snow clad Mountains, brooks, meadows and planted trees wherever one traverses. The mountain texture and color is varied with sky tone deep blue in early summer, the opportunity of photo shooting the topography is so enormous that one finds difficult put down his camera for a moment. It is rather difficult to choose the best images out of my collection for posting. Twenty one images have been chosen for this photo essay. Many snow view images have been left out for posting in future for next post under a different photo essay heading. 

Image 1 Date: 24.5.2010
Caption: Soma Gompa & Castle at Tsemo
Description: Leh the capital City and focal point of Ladakh offers the tourists some astounding landscape views from most of the hotels where they are holed up. Soma Gompa & Castle at Tsemo visible on the hill is worthwhile trekking spot, which we kept it for the day after next.   

Image 2 Date: 25.5.2010
Caption: Grandeur On Way to Shey Village & Monastery
Description: After one day of rest and acclimatization, the next day is for half day sight-seeing of Gompas near the city of Leh. On the jeep journey, nearing Shey monastery this captivating view is worthwhile savoring and capturing through the lens.

Image 3 Date: 25.5.2010
Caption: Contrast in topography
Description: This is a close-up view of Image 2. The near and far have a contrasting topography. The eye soothing greenery of the meadows is radically different from barren mudflats in mid-ground and cluster of greenery on foothill of rugged hills to bring up the rear. It is noteworthy to take notice of haze free and pollution free atmosphere in early morning to give a depth to this landscape.

Image 4 Date: 25.5.2010
Caption: Chortens (Stupa) at Shey village
Description: On the way up the stone steps of the Shey monastery, looking down, the view of chortens in one row, surrounded by greenery and backdrop of nearby hill and distant snow clad mountains make a captivating scene.

Image 5 Date: 25.5.2010
Caption: Textured Hill
Description: At the end of tour of four monasteries, driving back to Leh, the hill texture nearby continued to mesmerize us, the distant snow covered hills and blue sky brought up the perfect backdrop. The river Indus make the foreground.

Image 6 Date: 26.5.2010
Caption: Landscape On Way To Pangong Tso
Description: One of the most important jeep safaris which the visitors to Ladakh is not likely to miss is that of Lake Pangong Tso. In early summer one goes through high altitude pass of Chang-la. Beyond Chang-la the hills on both side of the road with milky white frozen water bodies are elements of attraction. The snow peaks make a nice backdrop beyond the textured hills.

Image 7 Date: 26.5.2010
Caption: Crowning glory
Description: Way to Pangong Tso by jeep keeps one glued to varied brown tones of the hills around. A hill with crown filled with fresh snow with a deep blue sky make a picture worth the effort of journeying on the hilly terrain.   

Image 8 Date: 26.5.2010
Caption: Pangong Tso – Distant View
Description: Pangong Tso is viewed from jeep from quite far off between two hills. All the four layers of hills starting from foreground to back ground have different hues and texture worth noticing. The blue water of the lake makes one looking forward to one of the most scenic brackish water lakes in Ladakh.

Image 9 Date: 28.5.2010
Caption: Gompa at Kidmang
Description: On way to lake Tsomoriri a view of Kidmang village in foreground and colorful looking Gompa on hill slope, with element of soothing greenery make an endearing landscape.

Image 10 Date: 29.5.2010
Caption: Nomad’s Land at Korzok
Description: The return trip from Tsomoriri at Korzok was through the pastures of Nomadic land. The shepherds’ tents and sheep scattered in foreground is in stark contrast to the hardened snow patch in mid-ground and snow splattered hill on back drop.

Image 11 Date: 29.5.2010
Caption: Sculptured Hill
Description: The view of a barren rocky hill appears to have been sculptured with a combination of subject matter – a nature’s unique creation.

Image 12 Date: 30.5.2010
Caption: Picture Post Card Beauty
Description: Barely 14 km from Leh takes one Stok village which is one of the most scenic places in Ladakh. The serenity and tranquility of the places charm everybody.

Image 13 Date: 30.5.2010
Caption: Green pathway
Description: The pathway with willow trees leads the eye to distant hills of different texture and hue at Stok village.

Image 14 Date: 30.5.2010
Caption: Way to Hemis National Park
Description: Trekking to Hemis National Park begins at Stok. A few kilometer uphill trek towards base camp of Stok Kangri mountain base is likely to be rewarded with view of wild life.
The lone tented eatery en route with a snow mass left over from winter with back drop of rugged hill greeted us.

Image 15 Date: 30.5.2010
Caption: Way to Stok Palace
Description: A 2 km drive through tree lined Stok village gives an enticing view of Stok Palace, aided by some fluffy white clouds to give a depth to the landscape.

Image 16 Date: 31.5.2010
Caption: Nature’s gate to treasure
Description: The other end of Hemis National Park starts from Zingchen. A trek of couple of km through dried river bed brings one to the opening between two rockey walls for us to squeeze through. Apart from visitors desiring to see wild life this route is taken by adventurous trekkers for Rumbak valley trek. We could not undertake it because of excess snow fall in upper reaches on this trek route.

Image 17 Date: 2.6.2010
Caption: Cold desert
Description: The jeep safari to Nubra valley takes one through the region of sand dunes of Diskit. Diskit along with Hunder are known as the cold desert of Ladakh famous for Bactrian camels with double humps. The wild Bactrian camels nonchalantly walking on sand for a destination of their own come as a surprise live element in this frame.

Image 18 Date: 1.6.2012
Caption: Rangdum Landscape
Description: On my second trip to Ladakh, the focus was Western Ladakh comprising of Suru Valley and Zanskar valley. Starting from Kargil, Rangdum being the first halt at the end of first day at the extreme end of Suru valley. The topography contains meadows, scattered cottages with firewood stacked on top and the distant snow clad hills. The climate was extremely cold plummeting to sub-zero at night.  

Image 19 Date: 2.6.2012
Caption: Passing Through Zanskar Valley
Description: The second day's trip takes one through Zanskar valley passing through Penzi-la pass. Beyond Penzi-la the landscape is serpentine road, water mass and the distant hills. The route terminates at Padum – head quarter of Zanskar region.

Image 20 Date: 5.6.2012
Caption: Lamayuru Monastery Clutching Hill
Description: Kargil to Leh jeep journey gives one to have astounding view of Lamayuru Monastery on the hill side. The vegetation below is in stark contrast breaks the monotony of brown hill and gompa.

Image 21
Date: 6.6.2012
Caption: Rusty Rock
Description: Brown Rocky hills with rust colored coating gives an interesting back drop to the Tak Thog Gompa top as one climbs up.


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Alluring Wild Flower Images From Uttarakhand

Snow melting in early summer in Himalayas, exposes the the green lustrous glass land interspaced with wild flowers of myriad of colors. Also exposed are dense green bushes on the hills with flowering of buds. Thousand species of flowers bloom and bewitch the visitors in summer months. In famed Valley of Flowers of Uttarakhand, an area protected by the forest department, different species of flowers proliferate at different point of time from June till September. Although flowering peak between mid July to mid August, my two visits happened in the month of June, when principal focus was in trekking to Sri Hemkunt Sahib. The path to valley of flowers is through a stone mud track and partly over the accumulated snow in early summer and has to be footed out as ponies are strictly forbidden. A few specie of flower which I managed to capture is presented. A few more images are from my other destinations in Himalayas. The images are presented chronologically.

Frame 1
Location: Tunganath on 8.5.2007

Frame 2
Location: Auli, Uttarakhand on 10.5.2007

Frame 3
Location: Valley of flowers on 24.6.2008

Frame 4
Location: Valley of flowers on 24.6.2008

Frame 5
Location: Valley of flowers on 24.6.2008

Frame 6
Location: Valley of flowers on 24.6.2008

Frame 7
Location: Valley of flowers on 24.6.2008

Frame 8
Location: Valley of flowers on 24.6.2008

Frame 9
Location: Striped Cobra Lily at Valley of flowers on 24.6.2008

Frame 10
Location: Valley of flowers on 7.6.2009

Frame 11
Location: Valley of flowers on 7.6.2009

Frame 12
Location: Cobra Lily at Valley of flowers on 7.6.2009

Frame 13
Location: On way to Madmaheshwar  on 1.6.2011

Frame 14
Location: Pung Bugyal on way to Rudranath on 4.6.2011

Frame 15
Location: Liti Bugyal on way to Rudranath on 4.6.2011

Frame 16
Location: Rhododendrons at Panchganga Bugyal on way to Rudranath on 5.6.2011

Frame 17
Location: Panchganga Bugyal on way to Rudranath on 5.6.2011

Frame 18
Location: Nearing Anusuya Village, Garhwal on 6.6.2011

Frame 19
Location: Nearing Anusuya Village, Garhwal on 6.6.2011

Frame 20
Location: Binsar, Kumaon, Uttarakhand on 6.11.2011

Frame 21
Location: Binsar, Kumaon, Uttarakhand on 6.11.2011

* Title frame was captured at Kedarnath in 1984