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Lingshed Monastery, Ladakh

Lingshed Monastery

Lingshed Monastery or Kumbum, meaning ‘A Hundred Thousand Images’ was founded in the 1440s

In the winter of 2007 I did the famous Chadar trek till the village of Lingshed. We spent a ‘rest day’ in the village and climbed the nearby peaks to get spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Lingshed Village is in the Trans-Sengge-La region between Ladakh and Zanskar and has been inhabited for nearly a thousand years. Lingshed Monastery or Kumbum, meaning ‘A Hundred Thousand Images’ was founded in the 1440s by Changsems Sherabs Zangpo. Lingshed is located on the trekking route from Zanskar to Lamayuru.

I shot this on my Nikon FM, 24mm and slide film. Have a look at more photos from this trek.

 

 

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Moonarie, Flinders Ranges

Moonarie  Flinders Ranges

Sunrise at cave camp with a hot cup of tea

 

Back in 1997 I went on a rock climbing trip to the spectacular cliffs of Moonarie. Moonarie is located on the edge of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. We found a great cave at the foot of the cliff that made a perfect camp and spent 10 days climbing the cliffs and exploring the region. The cave faced east and had the most amazing view over the vast desert plains below. Every morning the sunlight turned the rock bright orange. We had the best spot right from our sleeping bags. I can still remember those bright crisp mornings, snuggled in the warmth of my sleeping bag with a hot cup of tea, waiting for the sun to come up over the horizon.

Sunrise in the Flinders Ranges, Australia

Sunrise in the Flinders Ranges, Australia

 

I got one of my all time favourite shots here of the shadow os a tree on the cliff outside the cave. For a few brief minutes every morning the sun makes the glow. Everything glows bright orange. If you hold up your hand even that looks an unreal orange. It’s a strange and beautiful sight; one that I have yet to see anywhere else.

 

Moonarie  Flinders Ranges

We spent the evening drinking wine and telling tall tales till late into the night

The evenings by the campfire in the cave were very memorable – drinking port, smoking cigars and taking turns reading aloud from a huge poetry anthology that Frankie carted up the steep climb. Josh celebrated his 21st birthday at this spot. We made him a cake out of a tinned chocolate pudding, decorated with matches for candles and wild flowers on the side.

I took these photographs with my Minolta X300, forgot what lens and on slide film.

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Asaro Mudmen, Papua New Guinea

Asaro Mudmen

Something tells me this guy doesn’t like me

I took this photograph at the 2001 Mt Hagen Highland Sing Sing in Papua New Guinea. Legend has it that the Asaro Mudmen of the Eastern Highlands were defeated in a battle and driven off their land. The warriors regrouped and hid in a swamp. They planned a counter attack and waited till it was dark. Under the cover of darkness they surrounded their village which was captured and attacked. When they came charging out of the swamp their bodies were caked in mud and had a white ghostly appearance. The people of Papua New Guinea are terrified of spirits and ghosts; and at the sight of these ‘ghosts’ the opposing tribe fled in terror and the Mudmen were victorious. Ever since the Asaro Mudmen cover their bodies in mud, wear strange masks decorated with wild bore tusks, dogs teeth and human hair and do a slow haunting ceremonial dance.

I took this on Minolta X300 on slide film.

 

 

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Crossing a river on elephant-back, India

Crossing a river on elephant-back, India

Crossing a river on elephant-back, India

Crossing the Ramganga River during and elephant ride in Corbett National Park, India.

I took this a few years ago with my Nikon FM on slide

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Frozen boots on the Chadar trek, Ladakh Himalaya

Frozen boots on the Chadar trek, Ladakh Himalaya

Frozen boots on the Chadar trek

The Chadar trek is the coldest trek I have done in the Himalayas or anywhere for that matter. My boots were frozen solid and I had to keep moving in order to keep my toes warm. The locals wore cheap gumboots and managed in the -25c degree temperatures.

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Flinders Ranges, Australia

Sunrise in the Flinders Ranges, Australia

Sunrise in the Flinders Ranges, Australia


Shot with my trusty Nikon FM on slide film

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Dawn in the Gamon Ranges, Australia

Dawn in the Gamon Ranges, Australia

Dawn in the Gamon Ranges, Australia

Taken on a road trip in the Gammin Ranges in South Australia back in 2002 on my Nikon FM, 24mm, slide film

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Annapurna and prayer flags, Nepal

Annapurna and prayer flags, Nepal

Annapurna and prayer flags, Nepal

Early morning view from Poon Hill on the Annapurna Trail with Annapurna in the center and Machapuchare to the east.

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