Above the Himalayas

It was mid winter in Ladakh, in the eastern part of Indian-controlled Kashmir. We specifically chose to be there at a time of the year when winter is in full swing. It is a time when visitors are few and in my opinion, if you wanted to get a taste of the serenity of the Himalayas, this is the time to go.

Ladakh is a tricky place to reach during the colder months of the year. It is connected to rest of the world only by an air link because roads remain closed for the entire season. And that too the service is spotty at best.  When we were planning to go up in the air to do this aerial shot, I learned that pretty fast.  Everyday we would go to the airport we got turned back.  Finally after three days of trying, I got a call on my cell from the pilot.  "We have a small window to take off this afternoon."  We ran to the airport.  

He was right.  The clouds were moving in pretty fast but there was that one sliver of light that was filtering through the clouds when I took this shot.  That's all I needed.

Thank you to the judges of this year's American Photographic Artists (APA) Annual for choosing it as a 1st Place entry.