Revisiting some old shots from a trip I took two years ago. I’ve posted some images of the sand dunes outside Merzouga, Morocco before, here and here. This photo was sitting dormant on my hard drive and I’m not sure why I never selected it to edit on the first pass. Sometimes it is helpful to revisit images as my perspective changes over the years.
There are dozens of small monasteries scattered about the outskirts of Leh, India. One of the mornings during my visit to the region, I got up early to see the morning prayers at the Thiske Monastery. I arrived too early and most of the monks were still in their quarters getting ready for the morning ritual. I passed the time taking shots as the sun rose. The above photo is of the nearby Hemis Monastery which can be seen in the lower right corner.
As I mentioned in my previous post I took a two day road trip from Srinagar to Leh in the state of Ladakh. Along the route coniferous forests slowly give way to barren and craggy mountains and Mosques are replaced with Gompas. After a day of travel I found myself in a completely new environment. The photo above is of the small Buddhist monastery called Lamayuru.
After my trekking experience in Kashmir I headed east to the bordering state of Ladakh. The overland route is quickly engulfed by the massive Himalayas and I soon found myself motoring over mountain passes. The road precariously snakes up the sides of nearly vertical cliffs. There are no guard rails and often the ‘highway’ narrows to one skinny lane. Large transport trucks lumber up the winding road kicking up a plume of dust in their wake. I took this shot after completing a large switchback. The scale of the mountains makes the trucks look like miniature toys.