#tbt Zermatt and Matterhorn

I wanted to do star trails. It’s not every day I get a sky full of stars. Most days I’m lucky just to be able to see Orion and Sirius in the winter skies. But clouds swirled around the skies of Zermatt, only clearing during brief windows. The last window was just before dawn- when…

Gornergrat

Gornergrat, Switzerland is a popular place to get views of the Matterhorn and some of the other surrounding mountains. It’s a mountain ridge that is located at above 3,000 metres height and has an observation platform for tourists. Gornergrat is reachable by a rail line from Zermatt. The train journey is truly a marvel as…

Matterhorn Zermatt Nightscapes

I spent a grand total of 3 days and 2 nights at Zermatt, Switzerland last week. Unfortunately the weather during this time was mostly overcast and rainy. So I didn’t get to do all the beautiful nightscape photography I had imagined. I however, had a brief window of about 45 minutes on  the night of…

Pleiades Rising

This was one of the images I had captured during my recent trip to Leh in September. I’ve always been fascinated by the Pleiades star cluster. Growing up it was one of the most spectacular set of close stars that you could see in the sky on a clear night. The cluster is located in…

Stok Kangri

Eastward the dawn rose, ridge behind ridge into the morning, and vanished out of eyesight into guess; it was no more than a glimmer blending with the hem of the sky, but it spoke to them, out of the memory and old tales, of the high and distant mountains. J R R Tolkien, The Fellowship…

Sunshine a-creeping

During my stay in Leh, I had a fairly nice view of the Stok Kangri range of mountains in the distance. On a clear day, it was visually quite impressive to see sunlight filling in the valleys and the mountainsides. Almost as an after thought I used my camera to shoot three separate mini timelapses…

Mountains

The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir I must confess it’s painful to write this just after coming back from the mountains. The photograph shows the Stok range of mountains as viewed from Leh, Ladakh during sunrise.

Mountains of the Mind

“Mountains are only contingencies of geology.” The first work I read by Robert Macfarlane was his essay about walking the Broomway. Reading it, I got the sense that this man could write about dragging a shopping cart from his doorstep to the end of the street and could still have people hooked to every word,…