Photographer's Note

It was one of those moments, just before a storm, when the sun makes one last valiant effort to break through the heavy clouds. A few seconds later, the sun was gone and those dark clouds released a few snowflakes. Not many though; in the dry high altitude desert of Ladakh, snow is a rare occurence, even in winter. Even so, it was getting cold, so we hurried back down the hill to our warm guesthouse.
This was taken a short walk above the village of Likir, and shows the gompa of the same name, perched in it's commanding position overlooking the valley. Although there has been a monastery on this site for the past thousand years, the present structure dates back only two centuries, the original building having been lost in a fire.
For anyone thinking of visiting Ladakh, I can recommend going in October. It's the end of the season so most of the tourists have gone home, and it's nice and quiet. The colours of the autumn trees are really beautiful at this time of year, and make a wonderful contrast with the arid, rocky landscape.

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Additional Photos by Ben WX (ben4321) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1801 W: 133 N: 2077] (9875)
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