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Aerial Ladakh from 40,000 feet ASL

Aerial Ladakh from 40,000 feet ASL
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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: 2007-04-14
Categories: Mountain
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-19 5:45
Viewed: 4396
Points: 18
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I kept on thinking what next from Ladakh series........ & took out this photograph from archive showing you the aerial view of Ladakh from 40,000 feet ASL before landing at Leh. The icy horizon of snow covered mountain ranges had merged with the blue sky with a visibilty of almost 500 miles. I wish I had a window seat with clear glass than with the engine oil spill !
Ladakh is a land abounding in awesome physical features, set in an enormous and spectacular environment. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Karakoram in the north and the Great Himalaya in the south, it is traversed by two other parallel chains, the Ladakh Range and the Zanskar Range.

In geological terms, this is a young land, formed a few million years ago. Its basic contours, uplifted by tectonic movements, have been modified over the millennia by the process of erosion due to wind and water, sculpted into the form that we see today.

Today a high-altitude desert, sheltered from the rain-bearing clouds of the Indian monsoon by the barrier of the Great Himalaya, Ladakh was once covered by an extensive lake system, the vestiges of which still exist on its south-east plateaux of Rupshu and Chushul, in the drainage basins or lakes of Tso-moriri, Tso-kar and Pangong-tso. But the main source of water is winter snowfall.

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Never mind the dark spot on the pane, Subhash. It is a breath-taking view which I too saw in 1988 but could not record it since I had no camera then.
Thanks for sharing this great view from your archive.

Hi Subhash,

A very impressive view that you have shown us here but it looks much too cold for us guys from Africa. Thanks for the info as well. One can only wonder at the forces of nature when seeing something like this.



Lovely landscape and scenery. I like the composition, your POV, colours and exposure handling.
Best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-19 9:01]

Hi Subhash,this is wonderfull,a great spectacle. I see many times the Alps from the sky but a beauty like that is surely better!! My best compliments,beautifull shot,have a nice day,Luciano

ooooooo La La. beautiful image my friend. This is a dream chance to photograph Ladakh from plane. I had taken similar one in Nepal Himalayas, but this one seems to be much better.

amazing landscape! it must be almost inaccessible, TFS Ori

Hello Subhash!
Very nice picture with amazing POV. I like a lot this "bird view" :>
Nice details, sharpness and colouration too.
TFS and best regards from Poland!

I once saw Alive...the story of a Uruguayan plane that crashed in the Andes ...and they survived in the wilderness mountains but only a few and only under some very strange circumstances.
Your image reminds me much of that movie..but worse..it is even larger than SA. It is like forever...It would take a man a lifetime to walk from end of the image to the other..and that would be only if there were some trail which I am certain there is not...unless some wise old Sanyasin figured out how to time warp...Fine image Dr! I really like it for its vast loneliness!

hello dr. sab,
this is another view which i have never dreamt to see. this aerial view looks so nice, liked the composition,
tfs & regards

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