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Nepal Part 3, The Landscape and Culture

OK, Part 3. By now you have been inundated with images of the high mountains and the wonderful people of Nepal. Now I will try to convey the beauty of the place. A culture rich with history that dates back into the first millenia. A land that seems at once medieval and current. A place that is used to the plow, and still provides for wilderness. Gorges that are as deep as the grand canyon, and yet are terraced for agriculture. Long shadows of the low Autumn sun that make for some stunning photos and high peaks that lift the views to the sky. Buddhist and Hindu iconography that share similar dieties, and spiritual architecture around every turn.
Overwhelmed? You bet. Here goes:

Thamel District, Kathmandu

Some Creative Advertising with Drew Barrymore

What if you do more than just taste?

220 Volts

Spent eight hours on this bus

Kathmandu Bike Shop

The Last Road, Arkhet Bazaar


Buddha's Eyes in Sunlit Gold

An Ancient Buildings of Pashuputinath

Bamboo Swing

Flowering Poinsettia

Gold Draped Temple Windows

Teahouse Welcome

I know, Cute Goats and Blue Door

A Personal Shrine

Poster for the Great Himalaya Trail 
Om Mani Padme Hum carved on Mani Stone, Tsum Valley

Prayer wheels in wall, high up in the Himalaya

Lunch Preparations

Nyingmapa Monastery Long after Sunset

Gates of the Monastery

Back to Class

Medieval Window Detail

"Middle Earth"

How to Restrain a Goat

Ganesh and Garland

The Lunch Stop

A typical cable bridge

The Lower Budhi Gandaki River

Amaranth and Bamboo and Boards

A Tsum Valley Portal

Small Gompa in Upper Ysum Valley

Grazing Yak and Deciduous Hemlock

Midnight at Mu Gompa, 12,300ft

Upper Tsum Valley

Early Morning in the Village of Lho

 In the Shadow of Manaslu 

Prayers to the Wind

The trail beside the glacial moraine, Samdo

Larkya La Prayer Flags


The Deep Gorge

Chilis may be responsible for my new diet

Terraced Homestead

The Lead Mule Wears Prada

Tsum Valley Welcoming Commitee

The Chhekampar Sentinel

Scruffy Dog, Nepali Style

Waiting for the Open Door

One of the Locals

Blue Sheep, Larke Phedi

Now That's a Yak!

Monkeys of Pashuputinath

I know, more cute

Sunrise, Chumling

Milky Way, Mu Gompa

The Kitchen Stove

Jagat School Room with the Months of the Year... in English

Smoking Goat

Mani Stones

Woven Baskets and a Sneaker

Goat Head Blessing
I'm not sure what this is about
Blue Window

Blue Door

Wooden Window, Mud Plastered Rock

The best dung dries on the wall of a home for fuel

Prayers for the dead, Pashuputinath

Tryptic Buddha, Nyingmapa Monastery

lives on the Central Coast of California. These photographs are an attempt to share the story of a place, a person, a moment as it happens. Sit back, take a deep breath, and spend some time enjoying the images.