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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1997-05
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Yashica FX-3 Super 2000
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-07 4:20
Viewed: 4808
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Friends, I thought it was time to share with you another mountain landscape from my treks in the Himalayas.

In the summer of 1997, I escorted a group of my students on a trek to Sach Pass (3500 M) in the Pir Panjal range.
Setting up base a little above the last village in the valley, we started walking towards the Pass one sunny and bright early morning on the final leg of our expedition. It was mid May and spring had just given way to summer. The air was fresh, cool and crisp and our contaminated lungs used to the foul air of New Delhi just reveled in the new sensations.
The trail passes through a dense forest of oak, fir, birch and spruce until the height of about 11000 ft. After that, the tree line ends and the rugged mountains with their craggy cliffs begin.

At the beginning of this zone, we were confronted by a huge and steep glacier. In May, the glaciers formed by the winter snow are still intact. They melt very slowly and it is during monsoon months of July and August that they are completely gone.
We had no proper mountaineering equipment with us. I, being the oldest and the most experienced, first tried to test the possibility of crossing the glacier without crampons, ice axes or ropes. After advancing a few yards on it, I realized it was dangerous to lead young students across it. The ice was hard and slippery. The two local guides we had hired were with me and they also advised us to abort the attempt, which we did.

I took this picture on our way to the Pass. In the distance is the Pir Panjal range and just across me is a green and partially wooded ridge that goes by the name of Ranikote.
The image is a scan of an old photograph.

Thanks for looking and regards to all.

anel, saeedabbasi, mikou, pankajbajpai, uleko, valy67, Silke, Adanac, maheshpatil, jmp, Alex99, Argus, dew77, volkan, satish_h, edal has marked this note useful
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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-07 4:39]

Hi Ram,
Wonderful sight on these most beautiful mountains. I like the construction of your picture a lot, with in the foreground the green mountain making a beautiful contrast with the snow in the back. Reading your note, I think that you had been very wise in your decision not to take all these young people on the glacier. I lost one of my schoolfriend in a glacier. They never have found her.
Best regards

Hi dear Ram ,
very nice landscape with great composed.
nice colours and sharpness.
this place is very beautiful.
very well captured.
thanks and regards

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-03-07 5:30]

Hi Ram.
This is beautiful landscape with great point of view.I like contrast green ridge with trees and shrubs against snowy peaks high mountains on background.Amazing place.Well composed picture with very nice colors and details.Pretty writing note too.
TFS and best greetings Milos.

hi mr thakur,
this is an impressive presentation of the ranikote ridge, Is this related with some queen? I have never been to himanchal but whenever I see your pictures of your homeland I feel like going there soon, this shot has been captured well with lovely colour tones,
tfs & regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-07 6:26]

Hello Ram,
What a wonderful mountain scenery you're showing us here. You must be pretty high up here and it is still so green! Excellent focus on the green sloping hillside. The distant mountains in a haze beyond makes it so beautiful. I like the small branch framing it on the left too.
TFS and all the best, Ulla

Hello Ram !
What a splendid landscape ! I love this combination of trees, rock and snow. Excellent composition and beautiful POV. Wondeful colors too, I like the fresh green of the hill in the fore-ground. Must have been great to walk in this place, even if you couldn't go where you wanted because of the glacier. Very well done !

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-03-07 6:44]

This is a view that would be hard to leave behind, Ram! Fabulous PoV, superb composition
lovely details, colours and textures

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-03-07 6:48]

One more beautiful landscape pics from you Ram....Green&blue makes this shot very nice.Liked POV&composition!!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-03-07 6:57]

Hi Ram,
Beautiful landscape, with lovely scene to look at. Well composed and excellent colors, thanks for sharing.

Hello Ram,

Just a wonderful landscape photo, excllent detail svery crisp I really like this POV alot well done

TFS Kyle

Hello Sir,
Agar kahi jannat hai to yahi hai yahi hai yahi hai!!!!! This is equally true for Himachal also.Just beautiful. Look at that green moutains with snow clad moutains. Wow. You have captured mazing beauty. Even though this is a scan image, it has much quality. would say best of luck for you so that you can complete your walk on glacier next time.
ANd one more thing I am going to Himachal this summer (May) for my Honeymoon. :D. Manali Simala and Kulu. Hope to see these beuties there. I suspect I would find the snow. Still. :D


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-03-07 10:37]

Hi Ram,
Thank you very much for showing this great mountain. Surely it was a wonderful trek for your student. To see Himalayas guided for a native should be a awesome adventure.
Best regards, Josť M.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-07 11:55]

Hi Ram.
Very nice story have been told by you and amazing illustration for your trip have bean shared. I think the better choice of POV is impossible. What a cute tree on the left side of the shot. It is really a delicacy as well as snowy mountains as a BG and great mountains as a main subject. Bravo, my friend. Beautiful work.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-07 13:10]
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Hello ram,
A fine scanned landscape of your homelands. The quality would be graded as very good if this were digital, but considering this is scanned it is excellent. Fineforeground hill giving the BG mts a good perspective.
I can just imagine the rich wildlife to be found in those psrts.
You must be longing to return!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-07 14:30]

Hello Ram,
Beautiful landscape.POV,colors,3D effect,framing and visual impact are excellent.

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-03-07 15:15]

Hi Ram,
This is a wonderful landscape capture.
I like the green colors in front of the snowy mountains a lot.
Very well composed

Hi Ram
Good Landscape of our motherland. Nice green pasture,- your state is known for.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-03-08 1:58]

Hello Ram!
I like your mountain view - it looks very much like like the mountais in my country though of greater altitude. The combination of greenery with snow is beautiful.

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