Sky Watch Friday- In larger Scheme of Things

by Mridula on July 25, 2014

in Canon D550,himachal pradesh,India,Photography,Sky Watch

All through the journey to Batal, the sky was overcast. It left me quite heartbroken. Since last June this has been the fate of all my trips to the Himalayas whether in India or Nepal. I was cribbing to everyone who would care to listen to me.

And then as the day progressed, Batal suddenly showed its majesty for a few hours. Just above my campsite was a small hillock. I picked it up as my perch to indulge in the evening’s photography. I had the big valley all to myself. There was a group of British trekkers camping nearby but due to some reason none of them were out clicking.

I am usually one happy person in the mountains. I suspect it is because of a much simpler lifestyle that we follow for a few days. No bath is available unless you wish to take a dip in ice cold water, you brush your teeth using stream water. In fact, finding a good water source and not polluting it is essential to camping. Food has to be carried from the plains and cooked on a stove. That is why we needed Ramakantji, our master organizer.

Beautiful Batal, Spiti

Beautiful Batal, Spiti

So, it was a very happy me sitting on the top of a small hillock in the wide open valley. The Dhauladhar Ranges reluctantly showed their face to me, as if grudging the fact. Batal which is at an altitude of 3950 meters was treating me kindly I had no symptoms of any altitude related discomfort. Then I saw those three dots moving on the road. I could recognize them from a distance because of their clothes. They were my nephew Dilip, Vishal and Bobby, all of them over 6 feet tall. And yet in the larger scheme of things dots is all they resemble. I am sure you will have to strain your eyes to see them at this resolution of the image.

An Evening at Batal, Spiti

An Evening at Batal, Spiti

Here is an version of the same picture that I like more as the dots are more like small lines. I wonder what it is with such landscapes and me being happy. Not even happiness, for those few days I was content. Needless to say, I feel my stay was way too short and I am sorely missing the mountains.

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Abhijit August 1, 2014 at 11:18 am

Gorgeous snow clad golden peaks. God among mountains, the Himalayas.

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Thank you Abhijit.

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Ashwini C N July 30, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Wow! Such a breathtaking view. Beautiful :-)

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Thank you Ashwini :D

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Srirekha July 30, 2014 at 12:30 am

Hi Mridula,

Was wondering if you would be interested in contributing travelogues to Harmony, an empowerment and lifestyle magazine for silver citizens?

If you are interested, please do write to me … and we will take it forward.

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Thank you Srirekha, will do this!

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Lady Fi July 29, 2014 at 5:54 pm

What a magnificent sight!

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 9:56 pm

Thank you Lady Fi.

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rupam { xhobdo } July 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Truly amazing view, great pic

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Thank you Rupam.

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Priyashi July 29, 2014 at 5:07 am

Oh Wow! Superb Mridula…..:)

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Thank you Priyashi.

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Mon July 28, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Amazing pictures

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 9:58 pm

Thank you Mon.

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Datta Ghosh July 28, 2014 at 6:17 pm

It will take some time to breathe back normal!!

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 9:59 pm

:D It was a beautiful place, glad you liked it.

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sindhoooo July 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Masterpieces of the creator of this universe! So peaceful…

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 9:59 pm

It was indeed a peaceful place Sindhu.

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Maniparna Sengupta Majumder July 28, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Speechless ! divine spectacle !

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Thank you Maniparna.

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ilakshee July 28, 2014 at 1:45 pm

looks like gateway to heaven!

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm

It did looked divine to me too Ilakshee.

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Sabyasachi Patra July 28, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Awesome click. Love the view. Great that you were at the right place at the right time.

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Thank you Sabyasachi.

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Athenas Take July 28, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Breath taking pics.

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Thank you :D

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Amit Agarwal July 28, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Amazing…almost a painting!

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Thank you Amit.

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Mahesh Semwal July 28, 2014 at 9:39 am

As usual beautiful post and equally supported by awesome pics !

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Thank you Mahesh.

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Bhasvantraz July 28, 2014 at 7:59 am

Pristine glory etched in wonders untold. Simply mesmerizing.

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Thank you so much.

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Mary July 26, 2014 at 5:49 am

What an amazing view! Fantastic!

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Thank you Mary.

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Niranjan July 25, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Gorgeous capture, Mridula. Loved it.

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm

Thank you Niranjan.

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Tushar July 25, 2014 at 8:38 am

Don’t be heartbroken because there are many who do not have the opportunity to travel. You fate is excellent.
Nice photos. Thanks for sharing.

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Mridula August 1, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Thank you Tushar. :D

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