Today I just want to showcase my travelography in three different photos which truly captures the shadow of the object completely and creates an unfathomable interest in discovering new ones similar to the below pictures. I believe I have been able to capture the shadow effectively in my lenses and lucky to have captured the beauty in three unique and different sketches.
The first one was taken in Chandra Tal few years back on a sunny afternoon after I trekked a distance of 3 kms from the juncture where the car left us.It was an easy trek as there were no steep climbs and was mostly transparent and plain.The Kunzum pass and the dry desert like mountains surrounded the entire territory. The mountains were mostly blackish and greyish in appearance that looked very arid and unconquered for several years.There were no contour of any torrential downpour during this time of the year and we were fortunate to get a clear blue sky and enjoy the grandeur of the Greater Himalayas.The white snow clad mountains just cast their shadow inside the blue lake of the moon making a momentous appearance. There were few tourists in the spot and the blue color was visible till 5 pm in the evening before twilight.
The setting sun cast its shadow in the river I was blessed and charmed in a cold winter morning to see the light red color of the sun creating a notable presence in the greatest national park of the country.Everything appeared to be dancing to the light of the sun with trees breathing with the cool breeze and the entire atmosphere turning light red which was a rare view in my travel life span. The safari jeep in which were were traveling cast its shadow in the plain land which was very much prominent and distinguished.Even the wider areas of the jungle were glowing with the light red color of the sun and creating an impressive appearance for travel photographers.
Early Morning @ Jim Corbett where the shadow of the car falls in the road Lastly I just managed to get rid of the busy city life on a Sunday evening and stroke towards the holy river which looks very peaceful and salient in Princep Ghat,Kolkata.The sun was about to set when we could see the reflection of the vanishing deep yellow color of the sun casting its shadow inside the river.Such instances are however not rare but I was very much prosperous in taking the best picture that day in my lenses.The Ganges looks dashing in dusk and that’s the reason why maximum people crowd to see the beauty and the opulence of the panorama.
If you want to track and taste the best quality of rhododendrons then the authentic and the best varieties can be found in the Kumaon ranges of Uttarakhand in India.They are found in other parts of India like the Garhwal,Eastern Himalayas and also in some parts of the Northern Himalayas.Being the national flower of Nepal,they may be either deciduous or evergreen and can be found in most corners of the world.They are accessible and found abundantly in the Kumaon belt namely Sitlakhet and on the way to Munsiyari,India.
My experience has been mostly wonderful in the Kumaon Himalayas of Uttarakhand where the species are grown as delicate plants and I have been lucky and fortunate enough to see the different varieties growing in solidarity in the wild trees encompassing the region.They grow throughout the year but the majority of its species are seen after the autumn season and they keep intriguing people across the world.The authentic rhododendrons do provide us with lots of health benefits including blood purifier,increasing energy level and treatment of skin ailments and also acts as an health drink appetizer.
There are syrups and juices extracted or prepared from the flowers and sold in glass bottles and can be purchased for a few bucks .i.e 5$ per bottle.To prepare,there should be two tea spoons of the syrupy material with cold water and 1 cup of sugar to get the best taste and the flavor.Since there are different species of it,the taste may vary depending upon the different categories of it being available and cultivated in India.The syrups are normally deep red in color and very much concentrated and sold in bottles or plastic containers.It would be good enough to mix it with water and sugar along with three tea spoons of the syrup and serve and drink it to get the authentic taste and flavor of these rhododendrons.
It is essential to compare it with the authentic rhododendrons that are available in the region than the ones which are not the original quality that are being sold to lure and fool people willing to get the real taste of the flower.Normally the label outside the bottle and the place where they are manufactured can give you the real estimate or take the best opinion in deciding the superior or the actual variety of the species.The species are grown and manufactured throughout the year so it would be wise to plan a trip to the Kumaon spectrum once in a lifetime to accomplish,experience and feel the piquancy of the best varieties of the species.
Tsomgo lake,situated at a height of more than 12000 ft above sea level is a high altitue lake in East Sikkim,India.The lake is situated in Changu Village around 40 kms from the state capital of Gangtok.The lake is also called the ‘Yak Lake‘ as yak is the only animal that is seen around the lake.Many yaks can be spotted in and around the lake and serves as the largest milk producer in the area. All tea sellers use their milk to make and prepare tea and coffee in the region.The area is very serene and isolated and we can only feel the essence of the mountains.
The lake normally remains frozen in winters and it would be good to plan a sojourn near the lake during December-February-March.It is the most important lake in Sikkim due to its height and the depth of water level. The lake can be traversed from the capital city of Gangtok by covering a whooping distance of around 2 hours in car and looks splendid and ravishing in the morning.On going further from the lake,we can find some other lakes like Menmecho,Elephant lake and Kupup lake.
There used to trade operations between India and China in the region but it was stopped and discontinued few years back and goods stopped coming from China.The trading was affected and as a result lot of people who used to depend on trading for a living lost their daily source of income.People of Sikkim now mostly depends on tourism and selling for a decent living.The yak lake is encompassed by mountains of the Eastern Himalayas and there are military camps and forces operating in the area
The Tsomgo lake serves as the entry point for another important route namely the ‘Silk Route’ between India and China.Since the trading operation got affected few years back,the route now remains opened for travelers and nature enthusiasts for a visit all around the year. There have been eco retreats and resorts consructed by the people of Sikkim that acts as home stays for travelers and tourists throughout the year.The elegant lake looks dazzling if viewed from the top acting as the only water body in Changu village and continues to impress tourists and manages to be as one of the most important lakes in the Eastern Himalayas.