Two monks climb to a gompa high on the hillside in Hunder
Camels lead across the sand. This valley was part of the old silk road trade route
A dramatic landscape backdrop to the man and his bactrian camel
A man in traditional costue with a two humped Bactrian camel in Diskit
These dried flowers decorate a prayer wheel in Diskit
Dried flowers on a window sill
An unusaual dragon face in this small temple.
Even the smallest temple has figures and offerings
And for all the hardships life must represent, smiles and joy
Beautiful colors painted on the walls. Symbols of??
A beautiful view
You can see for miles from the roof of the monastery
Butter candles and an old monk
The stark landscape of the Nubra valley is offset by beautiful monasteries highly decorated inside and out.
The tectonic plate crunching that formed the Himalayas is evident in the vertical strata
The milky way at night
Its an amazing night sky at 15000 feet. The milky way anbd so many stars
Beautiful reflections in the lake at 15000 feet with a crystal clear blue sky
a long line of sheep all holding position as they are milked
But outside things don't look quite so rosie
A woman in traditional costume with beautiful jewelry
And you thought you'd been on roads with hairpin turns before?
A fancy metal prayer wheel against the backdrop of the mountains and snow covered peaks
The monastery at Lamayuru sits majestically above the town
A young monk sipping tea during class in a dark classroom
Religion has a strong hold on these people
In the winter there's no running water, electricity is only sometimes and since the town is at 11000 feet it's cold. Deep faith is important
I'm not so sure this one is listening to the lesson
Another woman harvesting barley with the monastery in the background
Threshing is hard work with old fashioned rakes
Sheep coming out from their corral to graze for the day
But the women are proud of their work at the end of the day
Everyone in Ladakh is proud of where they live
The years take a heavy toll on the hands, but this lady is still working
Thikset monastery from down below
The original version of multistory housing long before......
Proud of her large collection of barley, but it still needs threshing
A stark landscape but along the river it is fertile and produces lots of barley
These monks outside Leh were happy to talk and educate us
The large drums, the pages of scrip, the bell and the beads are all classic
Along the Indus river the land is fertile and lush, but the mountains are bare
Prayer flags are everywhere
Friendly people everywhere
Clearly hard working in a tough environment
The sense of time and place in the faces is remarkable
grotesque figures or religious significance are everywhere in Leh
A temple in Leh
The temple lights up in the golden sunset fore those interested in climbing the steep hill -- but there is a road on the other side.