Swayambhunath is a series of temples, built on top of a hill in the western outskirts of Kathmandu, and one of the main attractions of the area. Its name comes from the Tibetan, and means "Sublime Trees", because of the vegetation covering the hill itself.
The temples can be reached by climbing 365 steps on the eastern side.
It is also popularly known as "Monkey Temple", because of the countless monkeys that populate the hill. I guess these furry fellows cannot really complain about their lifestyle, since tourists are always very generous in giving them fruits, which they can eat while enjoying some breathtaking views of the valley below.
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yaya13baut (3344) 2012-09-04 11:10
original and interesting POV on Katmandou with the focus on the monkey on the left of the picture, and the (red) city onthe blurred background.
ACL1978 (5773) 2012-09-05 16:21
Really striking shot, Alberto - certainly an eye catching subject, presented with strong lighting, helping to set it off from the background, nicely blurred.
jcpix (3261) 2013-03-28 17:44
I'm having a hard time believing that there are only two comments before me, this is a wonderful photo! This arrangement is very reminiscent of the gargoyles of Notre Dame in Paris looking out over the city. The depth of field has been set to really give a great sense of depth between the monkey and the urban sprawl below. I love the light you've captured here, the shadow over the city makes for some nice contrast and helps keep the focus on the main subject. Well balanced and thoughtfully composed. Thanks for sharing this view. Have a great day.
- Copyright: Alberto Revelli (icesurfer) (374)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-27
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 7D, Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD, 62 mm UV
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-03 16:05