The Mountain and the Moon

I shot this photograph a little more than a month ago when I was in Ladakh. I was staying at the village of Ang. Darkness was just setting in and the glorious near full moon rose over the mountains. One of the things that you will remark about Ladakh is that it is very hard…

Hello

Shot with my phone at the courtyard of The Hermitage, Amsterdam.

Why waking up early is worth it …

…when you’re visiting Thiksey monastery in Ladakh. Exactly five Saturdays ago I visited Thiksey monastery early in the morning. The morning prayers conducted by Buddhist monks and little monks in training is open to public every day and a number of tourists head there to get a glimpse into the lives of the monks who…

Himalayan Blue Sheep

During my 5 day trek in the valleys of Ladakh I wasn’t really expecting to see much in terms of wildlife. After all I could hardly expect a snow leopard to come sauntering down (for even at a height of 3500 metres + we were still down) to say hello. On the last day of…

Climb every mountain

I guess I’m old enough to have belonged to a generation that grew up listening to songs from movies like ‘The Sound of Music’. Songs in these musicals must have shaped the lives and dreams of millions of people in the same way that music continues to mould and shape lives and aspirations these days-…

Mountains in the morning light

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit through morning prayers at Thiksey monastery best Leh. We had to get to the monastery by 6am so we could be there before the prayers started. However, as a happy by-product I also witnessed sunlight slowly creeping through the valley. It was nice to…

The best camera is the one you have

Who says you can’t do a great shot on your non iphone7 camera phone? I took this photograph of a bee sitting on a sunflower with my trusted Moto G phone. It costs about one fourth of the price of the iPhone but takes equally good photographs. I was stunned by the quality of the…

There and back again….again

A second time to Ladakh- I feel fortunate to have been able to visit Leh last week.  I’ve just returned after a week of epic trekking in the Sham region.  More photos and posts to follow..

Moon Under Construction

They told me it was a partial lunar eclipse today so I went out armed with my camera. The eclipse was very partial. So partial that even after an hour of looking at the moon I could hardly see much of a difference. With a vengeance I decided I would deconstruct and reconstruct the moon…

Seeing the world in a drop of rain

It’s the height of summer with no relief in sight. In fact, August is predicted to be even hotter than July. Is it any surprise that I’m looking back at my raindrop photos?