Tsomoriri or Lake Moriri (official name: Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve), is lake in the Changthang (literally: northern plains) area in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. The lake is at an altitude of 4,595 m (15,075 ft); it is the largest of the high altitude lakes in the Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region, entirely within India. Oriented roughly in a north-south direction the lake measures nearly 20 km in length and is about 8 km at its widest. The lake is fed by springs and snow-melt from mountains on the Changthang plateau. Water enters the lake in two major stream systems, one entering the lake from the north, the other from the southwest. Both stream systems create extensive marshes where they enter the lake. It formerly had an outlet to the south, but this has become blocked and the lake has become land locked. As a result, the water is now becoming saline.
The area is characterised by Arctic conditions, wind-swept desert and barren hills. The soil is mostly sandy. The lake shore supports vegetation which largely consists of grasses on the plains away from the lake and reeds and sedges on the lake edges. The lake itself lies in meditative repose, its surface rippling gently in response to the wind. I sat down on the ground and marvelled at the blue of the lake waters - almost magical, shifting constantly in response to the game of hide and seek played by the clouds and the sun. The mountains on the far shore of the lake are of variegated colours, largely browns and mottled green, their stolidity broken by occasional flashes of purple and violet accentuated by the dark sky. The lake is a thin slice of deep blue in the centre of the frame...this was the northern end of Tso Moriri.
The clouds soon burst into snowfall on the peaks while the sun continued to shine in the FG..A spectacle made in heaven...truly!
Off to Kolkaka, my native plave for 10 days...see you after a fortnight. Take care all :-)
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emka (102484) 2013-10-31 2:21
Hi dear Angshu,
We are almost neighbours today. Wonderful view of Ladakh. Amazing lake or saline in strange colours. Beautiful barren hills, no wonder at so high altitude. And sky is also dramatic. What a fascinating place! There are still so much for me to see in India.
have a great time in your home city.
sevy (58) 2013-10-31 2:23
A very, very nice landscape shot: the mountains with a lot of graduated colors from the stones, the stormy sky, the pattern of shadows from the clouds and the good composition with the piece of vegetation filling the foreground and giving depth on the shot.
HimalAnda (10669) 2013-10-31 3:51
Congratulations for this very nice shot, with a terrific mood, a spectacular sky and a good composition.
daddo (27264) 2013-10-31 3:54
Namaste Angshuman. I shall repeat what I wrote at least once before and that is that you are most fortunate to live in a country that can offer you such majestic views. What amazing topography!Great moment of storm approaching and the galloping shadows on the hills.Regards. Klaudio.
pierrefonds (68837) 2013-10-31 4:21
The wideness of the valley is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details, the colors of the mountains and of the clouds. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
Nicou (146688) 2013-10-31 4:23
quel panorama et vue de ces montagnes fantastique compo et iamge sueprbe vue et ren rendu sur la roche ce ciel et les bandes sur les champs sueprbe.
bravo et amitié
npecanhuk (75660) 2013-10-31 4:39
Wonderful place and picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, black borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-10-31 4:47
wow! It is called beauty. It is called heaven. Not too much to tell about it, just can feel it. A frame of colours which goes through the heart to the mind. Mind blowing composition dada. Darun tulechho. Khub sundor chhobi. Tfs.
Sergiom (84337) 2013-10-31 6:11
Un des plus beau paysage jamais vu. Surtout au niveau de la lumière et des ombres qui joue sur la montagne. L'ensemble est d'une très grande netteté et jouit d'un point de vue exceptionnel.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-10-31 6:33
Hello Angshu - Dramatic light and an amazing sky add excellent visual interest to this wild open landscape. I like the way the image is anchored by the bush, that one element adds depth and immedicay to a fine shot. Warm regards Rosemary
Kamilutka (8107) 2013-10-31 8:51
stunning landscape and extraordinary photo! The simplicity of the composition lets one focus on the fascinating colors and structures. Very dramatic sky proves to be great background for all these sun lit slopes.
Great colors and light. Congratulations!
Romano46 (18472) 2013-10-31 9:51
queste tue foto non lasciano indifferenti per la forte espressività che esse trasmettono.
Sono paesaggi dai caratteri aspri, ed anche per questo più belli soprattutto per noi occidentali poco avvezzi a simili spettacoli naturali.
Una ottima ripresa ed una postproduzione eccellente hanno poi valorizzato ulteriormente la foto che si pregia anche di una composizione e di un contrasto eccellenti.
Ciao e buona serata
lousat (94674) 2013-10-31 9:57
Hi Angshu,this scenery remember me the first hills of the moroccan desert in Merzouga,really fantastic this place,what a postcard! Great view and fantastic details,colors and exposure,and the usual magic atmosphere inside,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
siudzi (34141) 2013-10-31 10:39
Absolutely amazing landscape post taken with a superb sense of the moment! The light built a very beautiful scene and the high contrast as well as saturation of colors make it eye-catching. Stunning picture! Well done. Like it!
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-10-31 19:22
that is one amazing shot.great variation and layers of light and shades with brilliant colors.this place is a photographers delight ...isn't it!
PaulVDV (30659) 2013-10-31 19:38
An impressive landscape. Wonderful light and colours!
Best regards, Paul
danos (100786) 2013-10-31 22:26
very nice this place with the flat ground to lead-in the eye to the slopes of the backdrop mountain.I like the creative shadows with the light and colour management to are captured perfect.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-10-31 23:31
Splendide photo de ce magnifique paysage. La lumière est absolument fantastique et "dramatise" la scène.
papagolf21 (105198) 2013-11-01 0:48
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Quel paysage proposé à travers cette magnifique composition.
Ombre et lumière se marient délicieusement.
Une grande réussite.
pajaran (63420) 2013-11-01 1:22
Interesantan tekst o jezeru i planini, sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled i trenutak ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepa panorama.
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast, lepe boje.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
An interesting article about the lake and the mountains, with the given data ...
Nice view and a moment ...
Good composition and perspective, beautiful panorama.
A good time recording, contrast, beautiful colors.
Have a great and successful day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Didi (60590) 2013-11-01 2:37
Very beautiful dramatic sky with an interesting repartition of lights on the landscape
A good place for making panoramic views
Fis2 (102234) 2013-11-01 2:43
I like frame and colors.
Excellent light and sky.
Photo has climate.
Have a nice afternoon
dkmurphys (61967) 2013-11-01 7:41
Splendid colors and contrasts in this landscape. I like the presentation also. Well taken.
resat1972 (7576) 2013-11-01 14:01
shades and played very well
a nice application
Graal (103036) 2013-11-01 23:47
landscape here is beautiful. Great mountains, valley and sky. Good composition. Wild nature is stunning. Nice colors and contrast. Well presentation.
mkamionka (39111) 2013-11-02 12:57
spectacular landscape! It reminds me a bit the Death Valley in California. Fantastic flat foreground with well thought through bush asymmetrically positioned here. The clouds so very dramatic provide a great play of the light and shadow on the surface of mountains. Amazing colors and light in general.
Beautiful place, perfect presentation,
delpeoples (59184) 2013-11-02 19:16
Namaskar dear Angshu
Wow, this is such a dramatic, brooding landscape. I love the dark grey sky, the moving clouds and the play of light and shade on the landscape. A small matter of personal taste, but this photo is quite beautiful on its own and has no need of the heavy black frame which in my humble opinion competes with it. But this is a small thing and the photo is stunning A++.
Warmest wishes from Lisa and her huge forehead :)
josepmarin (58359) 2013-11-03 5:55
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
first, I wish you a very nice vacations!
Your photo is superb, the landscape is awesome, the clouds and its shades on the terrain are wonderful, and the light is great.
An excellent management of the parameters of your capture, you have reached a high level of quality about light and colours.
PS: I have seen that you have edited your critique to my photo, in fact I had sent you a response on the mistake. Thank you very much, my friend.
abmdsudi (56288) 2013-11-04 9:43
A fabulous composition. I am amazed at the detail that you have got right through the tonal ranges. Brilliant splash of colours, light and wonderful sky drama as main focal of interest definitely one of your best, imo. Just my cup of tea nice and moody. Great work, Congrats
emilbo (22616) 2013-11-06 13:23
Un merveilleux paysage présenté dans une belle lumière et avec une atmosphère de tranquillité. J'aime bien le buisson en avant-plan, bien placé dan la composition, la plaine et les montagnes derrière. Beau contraste de couleurs avec le beau ciel nuageux.
Tous mes compliments,
John_F_Kennedy (43757) 2013-11-07 5:24
Great shot in not-easy light conditions. Beautiful the colours. Well done.
dta (80122) 2013-11-07 5:58
Hello Angshuman ,
A fascinating landscape , with a great light and an amazing cloudy sky . I like the composition with the bush in the corner in the FG .
jhm (156446) 2013-11-08 3:42
Thank you very much for your interesting text.
We get a fantastic mountain landscape with the imminent clouds above the mountains.
Excellent captured, nice composition and good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
hidibyendu (929) 2013-11-11 15:14
This is called a beauty!! Magnificent Ladakh!!!
And an excellent capture. I find everything is so beutiful in this picture.
Excellent composition with nice framing, dramatic sky.
tatadalou (7459) 2013-11-14 13:47
Great light with a nice variety of colours. The contrast with the dark clouds makes your picture very dramatic.
yquem46 (38752) 2013-11-19 6:47
I've been unfaithful to India, as I'm just back from a splendid tour in Argentina
Glad to watch this beautiful shot from Moriri Tso to welcome me back
After all, rather similar to the Argentina Noroeste in its colors and contrasts and about the same altitude. You should give it a chance, you'd like it
bravo for this one, best regards
ChrisJ (116674) 2013-11-20 1:17
A dramatic landscape with the magnificent mountains making a superb backdrop. Good sharpness and I like the warm cold color contrast between the blue grey sky and soft yellow sunlit fg and reddish tinged peaks. The clump of vegetation in th fg adds depth. Excellent density & saturation. Tfs!
Kielia (24077) 2013-11-27 8:10
this is really a spectacle and you captured it excellently. But it is at the same time also a magical Moment, proving that Mother Nature is the greatest artist of them all. Colors and light are amazing. My compliments also for the outstanding note.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56760)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-05
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Ladakh - "The Broken Moon"
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-31 2:05