Yak Yak Yak !!!
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|I have clicked this herd of wild yaks at an altitude of 18,000 feet ASL in Ladakh. The excessive glare of the sky has been modified to lithographic background through Adobe photoshop. Though the image is soft but aim is to show you the harsh terrain & these incredible animals !|
The Yak is a large mammal found at high altitude in Ladakh. An adult male Yak can grow to almost 6 feet tall and weigh 1000 Kg. Female Yaks are smaller. Yaks are covered with a dense coat of thick black hair that protects it from the extremely cold Himalayan climate. Yaks can survive temperatures of -40 C. They are hardy animals and can survive snowstorms and blizzards. In harsh winters they can survive by eating moss and dried grass. Snow and ice provides liquid refreshment for the Yak. Yaks are also good climbers and can pick their way over rocky mountain slopes and inclines.
Yaks usually live in herds of 10-30 though larger groups have also been seen. Yak herds migrate in winter to better pastures on the lower slopes and return to the high altitude pastures in warmer months. Yaks feed on grass, mosses and leaves. Their horns are used to dig through the snow to expose grasses underneath. The long horns of the male Yak can extend up to 76 cm.
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beautiful image of these wild yaks, fine POV & DOF,
i love the mountain of the background and if this image
was a painting, TFS
Wonderful. You are really lucky.
- [2008-07-14 7:21]
What an interesting capture!! I really love those yaks. A beautiful picture indeed.
Congratulations and TFS
I can appreciate the harsh conditions and altitude these Yaks must live in. 18,000 feet is very high but must be much cooler for them during the summer. They have a very heavy coat which must be very warm.
Another FIRST from our own flying doctor!
Thank you for sharing your photo and knowledge. I have added your photo to my theme "high Altitude"
(I assume you have in your private collection thousand photos of FIRST :-))