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Refreshing with Pangong Tso

Refreshing with Pangong Tso
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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: 2007-04-15
Categories: Mountain
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-08-12 8:00
Viewed: 3754
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"Wandering and wandering,
One place to rest the search.
Where the mighty arms of Atlas,
Hold the heavens from the Earth."

Pangong Tso (Tso in Ladakhi means Lake) in Kashmir is the world’s highest brackish lake at 14,256 feet above sea level. A few years back the government decided to open it to tourists though the lake and its surrounding is under Army surveillance.

The 160 km trip to Pangong Lake from Leh is one such experience. It begins with Thiksey village famous for its huge monasteries covering an entire mountain ridge. Beyond this remote village there is nothing for company but the extreme rugged mountain ranges without vegetation perse rain-shadow zone.

The topography throughout the journey shoots up so abruptly that they throw off all calculations of distance - what looked to be a ten-minute crossing easily required an hour or more. At times, it appeared as if so many of nature’s forces were warning us away at the steep slopes and uneasy bends and not to forget the great chunks of ice appearing static and frozen in time. At Darbuk village near Tangste Valley stood a chain of war memorials with Regimental Insignias in commemoration of the soldiers who lost their lives during the Indo-Chinese war of 1962. Villagers can be seen here along with their large herds of Pashmina sheep and long tailed yaks.

The placid Pangong Lake is not just a tourists paradise but a geologist’s domain too and if one is to brush up with political history, the place is a melting pot of confusion and for sure it in no fun for the army in the biting cold to take care of the strategic landscape.

Travelers enjoy the solitude for a day or two, zoom their cameras to shoot the black necked Siberian crane around the Mahe marshes which are the only breeding ground for these migratory birds. At times they are seen swarming in the cool colourful water of the lake. If one has boating in mind, one is heading for disappointment. Very few boats are available and they belong to the Army who may consider your request but won’t allow you to go beyond half a kilometer though one third of the 150 km lake belongs to India. The remaining 100 km stretch of water belongs to China. The lake was once divided between Ladakh and Tibet as early as 1684 under the Treaty of Tingmosgang signed between the king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal, and the Regent of Tibet. As of today it is shared by India and China.

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Hallo Subhash
The combination of colours and textures and elements captured in this image is fantastic. I like this image a lot. There is such a lot of details in this scenery to appreciate. It almost looks like a painting, or a backdrop to a film. You have managed to capture a magnificant view.The different colours of the water is stunning, and indeed a paradise view. A wonderfully layered picture with the water, land, mountain and sky. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day.
Kind regards.

Appreciate the three distinct shades of blue in the image; water in front of the bar in the lake, the water behind the bar, and the sky. Reminds me of the geography found in Glacier NP (USA). The gray landscape you must've taken the picture from (left foreground) looks like a dried mud of some kind. Fascinating! TFS - impressive! This is a great shot.

Hi Subhash,

Beautiful wild athmosphere shot..amazing colour of nature.I wish i can see in real.Panggong lake is beautiful place and you have a great eye.TFS.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-08-12 10:25]

Hello Subhash!

This picture is like taken from dream! So beautifull place captured by you in full colours and with great composition. I really want to see it with my own eyes! Wonderfull!

Just super Dr R! You know I love the clarity in the air at this elevation and it looks healthy as well..very clean...clear deep blues..I did a workshop to bring out more detail.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-12 12:52]
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Hello Subhash,
This image offers a fine study in blues and browns in an attractive and fascinating composition that shows Pangong Tso in fine lighting.
I find your note interesting: the brackish water must be a product of melted snow and salts from the surrounding mountains. One wonders what kind of life there is in this lake. Life in the Baltic, that is also brackish but at sea level, is rather special.
Thanks for sharing this fine aspect of the mts in Ladakh.
Regards, Ivan

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-12 14:17]

Hi Subhash,you're building a very beautifull and interesting series from this fanatstics mountains,another beautifull and fresh landscape whit beautifulls colors and details,my best compliments for this nice and unusual work,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Subhash,

I really like all the different abstract shapes in your image. I also like the varying shades of blues and browns. It is a very striking image of a barren high elevation land and brackish water.

Evelynn : )

Thanks for presenting this pristine landscape! The composition and the colors are superb.The tonal variations in the water shows varied depths and also the correct handling of exposure. This is truly a paradise on earth
Goutham R

Hi, Dr. Subhash,

a very beautiful landscape picture!! the combination of colours are just excellent and very comfortable to the eyes! thanks for sharing.

Man Yee

Hi Subhash,

This is picture post card type of shot, very well taken.The colours of nature are amazing, it would have been heavenly being there and photographing the view. Great work. TFS.

Great contrasting colors. This is just magnificant.

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