We have been planning to head to the beautiful Olympic National Park since long. Finally we managed to take the long road trip from Redmond area. A one day road trip to Ruby Beach was all worth it! the beautiful rock formations add so much character to the beach!
And that sunset! this is stuff that dreams are made of! 🙂
The Columbia river gorge in Oregon state is a wonderful place. Not just it presents beautiful view of the gorge itself but is also home to several waterfalls which meet the river. Usually, to view a waterfall, some trek is required, but that is not the case along the gorge. Just park the car and walk a couple of mins to view some gorgeous waterfalls..
This was taken at Latourell waterfall along the gorge. We forgot the tripod in the car and were too lazy to go back and bring it, so used a makeshift tripod (read stones and branches) to get this 🙂
Diksit Monastery is one key tourist attraction people visit during their Ladakh visit. Located in the Nubra Valley, the monastery is the oldest and largest in the region. As pretty as the monastery is itself, we could not get over the impressive 32 feet colorful statue of the Maitreya Buddha nestled in the mountain landscape. This photograph was taken from the Diksit monastery.
The beauty of the enormous brightly colored Maitreya Buddha against the mountains is indescribable. For one we can see that however huge a man-made object is, it still appears tiny in front of nature’s creations. And as you look closer, we experience a serenity in the calm expressions of the Buddha coupled with the equally peaceful landscape.
No Ladakh trip album is complete without this picture-perfect postcard, we say!
The Shanti Stupa has become synonymous to Leh, and we thought of posting one of our photographs of the popular landmark. The stupa provides 360 degree views of the Leh landscape. Even with numerous tourists visiting the Stupa, it is really quiet around other than the sound of the strong winds that seem to blow away your woolen scarves and hats.
We were actually pretty lucky to have no tourists around when taking our pictures. It was probably due to the strong gusts of winds that literally froze our fingers, and made it extremely challenging to take pictures.
Note: Look at the snow-capped mountains on to far right of the image. You can see the Khardung-La pass, arguably the highest motorable road in the world.
It was our first time viewing such huge and lush farms of daffodils and tulips, and we were completely awestruck! No wonder Skagit, Washingon, makes it to the National Geographic “Best Spring Trips 2016”. We got some breathtaking views of the blooms and converted the best ones into postcards.
We are not that much into Wildlife, but when we came to know of the Cougar National Park, very close to where we stay, we could not resist! For starters, we actually had to google what a Cougar is, and once we saw the images, we had to go! Only later we realized that Cougars are also known as Puma! Here in the Pacific Northwest region, they are also known as Mountain Lions.
Among the cat family, they are the least aggressive towards humans. And, hey, an interesting fact about them – The can’t roar! But they look every bit as intense as their cousins Tigers and Leopards.
During our Leh visit, we were lucky enough to witness the Thiksey monastery prayers performed by the Yellow Hat monks. It was a vibrant feeling hearing the chants and the various instruments being played during the the prayers. Even though there were several tourists gazing upon the monks and clicking pictures, they were unfazed from their prayers and just smiled back.
Listening to the reverberating sounds inside the temple, was a heavenly feeling and you really feel one with a higher power.
Tip: We visited Thiksey monastery just before 3 pm. This is the time the monks complete their prayer and break for lunch. Hence the temples get closed too. Make sure to reach here before 2.30 pm so that you can see the monastery properly and also witness the prayers. There are other prayer timings too, for which you can check with your local guide.
Checkout interesting fact and postcard of Thiksey Monastery here.
Sometimes you are able to capture the most stunning images when you least expect it. This one was captured while we were driving through a small village in Gujarat. The interesting part is that the car was moving and we were trying our best to capture the essence of the village through which we were passing. Honestly, I did not expect the image to come out so good, but happy accidents do happen 🙂
Both of us like photography try to keep learning new techniques from some of the masters. We had always seen waterfall pictures where water seemed to flow like silk but always thought it was not possible to capture such pictures directly from the camera until we were introduced to some of the camera filters. So, we bought ourselves ND filters during our trip to Gujarat.
This picture was not taken at any popular location. It was taken at a small village in Gujarat where a river was flowing under the bridge. I quickly set up the tripod and attached the ND to my kit lens. A few tries and when I saw this on my camera screen for results there was a wide grin on my face.
I had clicked a picture which I thought was not possible. Since then we have captured several long exposures, but this one is special as this was our first one.
So, this one is to try and keep learning new things everyday and remember that what might seem impossible, might not be that difficult as well 🙂