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Gurudongmar Lake
A 13 picture handheld panorama of the partially frozen Gurudongmar Lake.

Gurudongmar Lake, is one of the highest lakes in the world and is situated in the state of Sikkim in India. The lake, considered sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus, is named after Guru Padmasambhava, founder of Tibetan Buddhism who visited the lake in the 8th century.

This picture was taken on a visit to North Sikkim on a family trip. The barren landscape contrasts well with the blue waters and snow capped peaks.

Technical details: Olympus E-M10ii + 12-40F2.8 | F8 | 1/400s, ISO100
Date: Apr 29, 2017 | 0758

Link: Gurudongmar Lake
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Bridal Boat
A bridal face painted beautifully on the bow of a fishing boat at Velankanni, Tamil Nadu.

On a recent bike ride to coastal Tamil Nadu, I stopped at the church town of Velankanni. There I saw most boats painted with the face of a woman. When I asked my hotel’s caretaker, he did not have a good explanation. Or maybe I did not understand well. All I could comprehend was that it is a bridal face or manappan.

This picture was taken when I wandered in a port for small fishing boats searching for boat silhouette against the setting sun. I was fascinated to see all the boats painted with a woman’s face on the bow. This one stood alone away from the others as if she has taken offense from her friend and sitting away.

Technical details: Pen-F + 14/2.5mm | F/5.6 | 1/50s | ISO200
Date: Mar 12, 2022 | 1815

Link: Bridal Boat