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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Maggie in Tibet, er Nepal

Maggie teaches school in Oman. She spent her Christmas vacation in Nepal. She is in South Africa as I write this. The photo above is Christmas morning sunrise, high in the Annapuma mountain range of Nepal.
Nepal, like Tibet, is a high elevation country in the Himalayas, squeezed between India and China. Bhutan is another small country nearby. Maggie is used to the heat of the Arabian desert. She was cold in Nepal. The photo above is a view of Maccha Puchre, (Fishtail Peak).

A nice shot of the Christmas morning mist.

This is a photo of her guide, Ganga. He led her to his home village. A well composed photo, IMHO.

My favorite photo of Maggie's trip. This is Ganga's wife fixing lunch in her very modest kitchen.
Fishing boats on Lake Phewa, near Pokhara. Maggie is an art teacher. As you can see, she is also a helluva good photographer.
If I read her report correctly, Maggie's lodging was along this narrow alley. What a lovely atmosphere for  making pleasing photographs.

The ancient, or at least old, buildings of Durbar Square in Bhaktapur. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
A low tech pottery factory. All done by hand.
All is not low tech in Nepal. Here is a Bhuddist Monk studying his scriptures with an iPad.

                                        Incense carrier.
Making garlands for a local festival.
Maggie captured a real slice of life with this photo of a young street urchin staring wistfully at a happy group of school boys.
A young monk being distracted from his devotions by the strange foreign woman with a camera. Notice the prayer flags in the background. I can't wait to see Maggie's take on South Africa.


Unknown said...

The southern himalayan and western thibetan slopes are one of the most biodiverse place of the world!.Did you stay in any of this places John?.

john said...

Que lastima Marc. I have not yet made it to that part of the world. My tired old body does not do well at high elevations. I would love to visit some of the national parks in the lower foothills of Nepal and India.

Maggie said...

Hey, John, thanks for posting my photos, and for the nice compliments.
None of the places I visited in Nepal were very high elevation-- under 5000' for the most part. I just got back from South Africa yesterday and am sorting through the photos.