The wheel snoozes, whirring prayers
Chirpy flags, jiving
Snow weeps adios to the tranquil mountains
Trickles to their final journey
Merging in the Indus
Drafting on her marked course, silent
Shiva muses atop
The peaks, snow lathered
To cushion my creator
The patched naked moon enviously paces
Hiding behind the clouds
A cluster of stars
Chant a joyous paean in glory of my virgin abode
The odyssey of the naive wayfarers
Brown and green hillocks
Bare plateaus and barley fields
Are a thousand miles away
I yearn for the calling
“Son, come back”
59 thoughts on “Ladakh”
This is just beautiful…
You’re in Ladakh?
This was a few months back. Right now gearing up for the Kumbh Mela 🙂
Cool! If you don’t post any photos of you being held aloft by thousands of chanting worshipers (stark naked wearing only beads) during the festival i’m going to be highly disappointed 🙂
You got it, John. Your wish to see me with them is a sign, a blessing, I’m looking forward to…
Become the Naturalist Naturist, beads only! 😉
Well, the last picture in the series above should mark the beginning, although my extra ten pounds under water, a perfect camouflage for now, not bad at all..
Such a beautiful series of photographs! -Maureen
“Snow weeps” “Shiva muses” “odyssey” these are iconic images that are captured in your photos!!! A wonderful narrative to begin my day….
Thank you Clanmother 😀
love this -great post! Beautiful!
As gorgeous are the pics.. Your lines on them are equally beautiful or even more! Quite a rendition.
I spent a couple of months in Ladhak many years ago – you have captured it beautifully.
Couple of months! hmmm….Ah! I remember your post on Buddhist philosophy…
Beautiful pics and gorgeous place!
Thank you Irene!
Beautiful, very inspiring photos and words
Gaia is indeed a wondrous being. If only the wonder mattered more than the wealth. The hubris of the “west” will turn her against us all.
Interesting. I dint know about Gaia. I find quite a few similarities with Spinoza’s theory.
Would that be Benedict Spinoza’s Ethics Demonstrated in Geometrical Order?
I’ll have to take a closer look. Thanks for the hint.
lovely, especially the first picture
Thank you, Ray.
I love your pictures. In fact, you have a fine collection of vivid images.
“Snow weeps adios to the tranquil mountains” is so beautiful! Our mountains weep in the spring and leave only the glacier behind as a reminder that the snow will return.
Blessings ~ Wendy
Stunning images ~ inspiring expression in words ~ thank you! : ~ RL
Thank you, Robyn
Beautiful pics awesome words
Amazing and startling scenes, beautifully accompanied by your words.
My apologies for late reply. I was off grid last two weeks. But here’s the thing, I can’t reach your blog. What do i do?
Love the combo of pictures and post. My fav picture– the old woman. Great post!
Thank you for stopping by and viewing my South Africa series. It appears you have been taking a break from blogging.
Ron, We are friends now, I feel so. Don’t thank me please.
I was traveling hence out of grid. Got back yesterday and let me add here, I did wonder a few times what you must be up to. ha ha. I was taken aback when I noticed you posted just 3 odd times but awesome pictures.
Friends of course. I like that image above a lot, by the way.
Ah! there I see, you pushing me to say “Thank You”. 😀
Uffffffffffffff, Muy Buena Serie, La Primera Es Preciosa… Un Saludo.
Thank you. Un Saludo
Wowowow! I am going to Ladakh in April. I am very excited! Lovely pictures!
Wowowow! (I like this expression, shall use it from here on :D)
You are about to experience the most beautiful, unimaginable place a camera alone cannot capture.
Do stay connected and keep me posted. I can be of some help just in case.
I am really really excited to experience heaven on earth.
I will definitely stay in touch and i’ll be asking you tons of questions. 🙂
Thanks Arjun! All the best.
Remarkable photos and beautiful words.
Thank you Naomi!
Your blog is fantastic 🙂
Aw! Thank you 🙂
I bet the booms come because when dancing backwards up there, it is a very long fall down! Reminds me of the King of Things and the Cranberry Clown.
I like him 😦
Just saw the poem with the photos which I missed somehow the first time– computing problems here… What a beautiful piece!! So many gorgeous images, even better than the photos which I admired so much. “The patched naked moon enviously paces Hiding behind the clouds A cluster of stars” simply perfecto– as is the image of weeping snows. God bless you and your poetry!
Thank you. This means a lot of me, truly. This particular poem is too dear to me.
There was a cloud burst in Ladakh which killed over 1500 people. I was to be there then but unfortunately life had other plans. I say unfortunately because I should have been there either to die or help people who live in mud houses, that got completely washed off which is why I ended the poem “Son, come back”
No wonder there is so much of your big heart in the poem!! Most people would say fortunately they weren’t there. Not you. You have much compassion and that is what I took that last line to mean– that you had made such deep connections with the people, they were calling you back. Obviously you did make deep connections. I greatly admire everything about this.
You were not meant to die. You are meant to document and describe in prose and poetry how your heart is touched. This is your talent and it is a big one. Don’t waste it. You are a chosen one. I know we are all chosen ones but some more than the rest and this is you.
I am no less shy than you and I also know you won’t say a word you don’t mean. Will take your comment as a sign, a message and from tomorrow, I’ll restart my writing. Been a while. Thank you and I’ll be around for my much needed inspiration which is you.
Two things… One, don’t stop your photography. That is great, too, and the images and words complement and reinforce each other. And, two, what is strange is that as I was writing to you I felt as if I were being used as a mere instrument to tell you these things. Thank you for your kind words though.
Not a mere instrument but instrumental.
About photography you are bang on. I bought myself a new camera 3 weeks back. Both jobs perfectly compliment each other, inspire too. One bounds me home, other one pushes me outdoors, which stimulates my mind and keeps my body active. So great, Tomorrow it is and no more thank yous. Let skip over 🙂
I liked it. Both the photos and the poems.