Spin Drift Lightcatcher

Description: Getting up early is always worth it in the Himalayas. I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a dozen times. Title: Spin Drift Lightcatcher Location: Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal Photograph Copyright Peter Continue Reading →

Ghastly Gharial

Description: What is going on with this crocodile? Look at the length of that snout! And those teeth! This is a gharial, a fish-eating crocodile found in the Northern latitudes of Continue Reading →

Himalayan Tahr

Description: You never know what kind of wildlife you’ll see when trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal. Take, for instance, this fine looking Himalayan Tahr, a wild goat that roams the Continue Reading →

Majestic Machapuchare

Description: You’re going to need to get up before sunrise to capture the best photos of Machapuchare from Pokhara, Nepal. But it’s worth it! From the local translation meaning “Fish tail” Continue Reading →

A Bright, Beautiful, Blue Day At Boudhanath Stupa – Photo Of The Day

Description: When the sun is out and the sky is a vivid blue, Boudhanath Stupa is the place to be. One of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley, Continue Reading →

The Trekking Life High Above Treeline – Photo Of The Day

Description: Way up where the trees can no longer grow, around 15,373’/4686m, there’s an emerald lake and the flanks of the Machermo Range of the Himalayas. Along the shore of this Continue Reading →

Plethora Of Prayer Flags – Photo Of The Day

Description: Along the sides of the hill on which Swayambunath sits, are trees with multitudes of prayer flags beyond count. They hang from tree to tree, building to building and over Continue Reading →

Breaking Through Morning Fog – Photo Of The Day

Description: The views from 16,600’/5060m can be pretty spectacular. You get to see things from that height that you don’t see from the valleys. Such as the valley fog parting just Continue Reading →

The Beauty of Lhotse – Photo Of The Day

Description: Lhotse gets a bad rap, if you ask me. First, it is one of the more mis-guessed peaks in the Himalayas. It looks majestic and like what you think Mt. Continue Reading →

Morning Greetings – Photo of The Day

Description: Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Your morning view today is of Machermo Peak deep in the Himalayas. This location is about a week’s walk from the Continue Reading →

Lone Photographer And The Himalayas – Photo Of The Day

Description: Waking up early is a must during Far Horizon Photo Tours‘ treks. Sometimes the clouds come in early (our stay out late from the night before), but more often than Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Mt. Everest & Lhotse

Title: Mt. Everest & Lhotse Location: Gokyo Ri, Solokhumbu Region, Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal, Asia Description: The view from 17,000’/5181m up Gokyo Ri is spectacular. You are more than half way up Continue Reading →

Photo Of The Day – Soaring Scarlet Macaws

  Title: Soaring Scarlet Macaws Location: Golfito National Wildlife Refuge, Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica, Central America Description: It’s been a good six weeks since we have returned from our UnCruise Adventure Continue Reading →

Experiencing The Final, Fire-Laden Ceremony Of The Kharchu Dratshang Drupcheen in Jakar, Bhutan

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I love good fortune. While we had some days with rain for our 2013 Bhutan Photo Tour, we had some good fortune as well.

Having previously been to the Namkhe Nyingpo Goemba (Monastery) above the town of Jakar in Central Bhutan, I knew it as a great spot for sunset photos. After a day of trouncing around the countryside our group gathered in our trusty van and headed up the small, winding road (this describes almost ALL Bhutanese roads, by the way) to the monastery, hoping for a break in the clouds just at sunset.

What we were greeted with instead was a parking lot full of cars. Monasteries in Bhutan don’t have a lot of cars because the monks don’t drive much, if at all. We came to find out there was a retreat going on and that the next day there would be a ceremony in the courtyard. I’ll have more on the indoor ceremony we found that night in another post as it was a unique experience (we were allowed to take photos during the ceremony inside the temple, which is usually not allowed).

At the appropriate time the next day we headed up the hill again and watched as the monks set up for the ceremony, burned a lot of offerings and then ignited a huge fireball near the end of everything. You can see the fireball about 2/3 the way into this photo essay.

The experience was fascinating even though we didn’t understand a word of what was being said. I loved the pageantry and colors most of all and it was fun to be at on a local event.

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