For anyone trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal (or mountaineers attempting to summit Mt Everest via the southeast ridge) this will be their first glimpse of Mt Everest. This view between the vegetation can be seen on the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar on the 2nd day of the trek from Lukla.
I read of this glimpse in the Australian mountaineer Lincoln Hall's book 'Dead Lucky'. In late 2004 when Lincoln Hall was trekking with his family to Everest Base Camp his sons were 'disappointed with how little of it was visible'. He told them that 'over the decades, thousands of trekkers would have slogged up this hill, heads down watching their feet, without realising they had missed their first chance to glimpse the world's highest mountain'.
I was determined not to miss this first glimpse and had asked our guide if he could point it out. In fact there was no chance of missing this view as a flat area has now been created on the steep slope and locals are now capitalising on the opportunity by selling drinks and food to the stream of trekkers.
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Ola_Kwiatek (0) 2009-11-30 3:36
Nice GreenLand! Very nice sky. Beautiful lightness. Good sharpness.
bj40 (6) 2009-11-30 3:57
Hi Marlene, This is an understated view of Everest , the saying less is more springs to mind.The framing by the green foliage give a sense of how out of reach the great mountain is,a splendid composition with a comprehensive note. Thanks Tom.
boa (7327) 2009-11-30 4:35
it`s worth the long trip to have this view. Next month, it's exactly 20 years since I was here, and I´m still thinking about Nepal. This beautiful country with the impressive Himalayas, unfortunately i didn`t see the Yeti :) I like the way you have captured the first glimpse of Everest. Excellent framing and colors, Tfs !
Have a nice day.
saxo042 (37794) 2009-11-30 11:02
An excellent way to present this moment for us; half hidden behind the trees we see this magical mountain! I remeber seeing the film about sir Edmond in the fifties. But I never really had any dreams myself to climb this mountain...
phwall (6785) 2009-11-30 15:16
I love it, the way you have framed the shot I feel like I'm standing beside you taking my first glimpse as well. The composition using the foreground trees and bushes works very cleverly.
I'll bet you had some butterflies in the stomach, what a magnificent sight this is.
bukitgolfb301 (40754) 2009-12-02 4:09
Hello my dear Marlene
What is another fine landscape shot!
Good and considered composition/framework and sharp focusing are excellent as usual! Color/light management is also fine and faithful too. Fresh color contrast are marvelous!
Congratulation on your masterpiece!
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
Have a good day !
AKITA (15125) 2009-12-03 22:28
that is really the top of Everest,
touching glimpse, decisive moment,
the weather is lucky there,
thank you for your superb shot,
holmertz (50782) 2009-12-04 2:51
The world's highest mountain discreetly showing itself among the clouds, behind the branches of the tree. I like how your composition (maybe an obvious one) gives so much more prominence to the tree and the balance of colours and rounded shapes, and oh! there's the Everest just by chance near the corner.
jmdias (62953) 2009-12-07 1:09
nice souvenir. I guess you didn't reach the top of it. hahaha.
it looks not so far , anyway this is a photo and photos are illusion. beautiful the leaves in the foreground and the peak ahead.
Matthew-Watt (5934) 2010-11-30 3:58
I peered through these trees up and down, remembering your photo, but both times this particular outlook was cloudy (I could see the Lhotse Wall but not Everest). I saw it dozens of other times however. A few ladies sat here at this spot and sold seasonal fruit which was quite good. The day from Phakding to Namche was a real workout to prepare for the high country and I felt a bit spun-out that night. But the rest of the trek was fine. A great pic, a mountain to remember. Well done,