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Ladakh; an Aerial View

Ladakh; an Aerial View
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-09
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX AF-S N, Kenko Digital PL-CIR 67 mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-01 1:25
Viewed: 3114
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Third in sequence this aerial photograph depicts beginning of Ladakh (barely snow covered) after highly glaciated Greater Himalayan mountains as we headed for Leh.

Ladakh is a magical land, so completely different from the green landscape of some other parts of the Himalayas. It is nature at its extreme. A land of freezing winds and burning hot sunlight,Ladakh is a cold desert lying in the rainshadow of the Great Himalayas and other smaller ranges. Little rain and snow reaches this dry area, where the natural forces have created a fantastic landscape by constant erosion by wind & water.

Many deserts are formed by rain shadows; mountains blocking the path of precipitation to the desert (on the lee side of the mountain). Deserts are often composed of sand and rocky surfaces. Sand dunes called ergs and stony surfaces called hamada surfaces compose a minority of desert surfaces. Exposures of rocky terrain are typical, and reflect minimal soil development and sparseness of vegetation. The soil is rocky because of the low chemical weathering.

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My dear friend, Subhash

I pride myself of always finding an expression for my feelings of a photo. However, with this breath-taking image you have truly beaten me: I do not know what to say :-))

You must be really, incredibly happy to see these mountain ranges from your cockpit - just you and nature...

Thank you very much for showing this photo on TrekNature.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday
Take Care,
Warm Wishes

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-01 6:41]

Spectacular landscape, wonderful aerial view, well done. tfs.

hello Subhash

another great aerial shot of these great mountains,
fine POV on them, excellent contrast between the
foregound and background, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-01 12:59]

Hi Subhash,

This is my favorite of your series so far. Ingrid used the best phrase to describe this - "breath-taking image." Absolutely beautiful and something few of us will ever see for ourselves.


Hallo Subhash
The atmosphere you captured here hits you right between the eyes. It is a very nice, dramatic and impressive. The shape of the mountains is very imposing, and the landscape is wonderful to look at. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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