This was taken earlier and from the opposite side of Gokyo than my previous post from Nepal.
Perhaps the hardest part about my trek in the Himalaya, is dealing with the cold. Not the fact that it is really colder than in the winter in Europe or Northern America, but we always have a nice warm room to return to. Out here, the bed room is almost as cold as outside. The only time to keep warm is during dinner time they keep the dining room warm by burning yak dunk in the middle of the room, off coure the fire is not go to waste, they boil hot water on top of it while heating up the room. So all tourists gather in the dinner room, which allow us to meet all kind of people from all over the world, which is the part I like, but that last about a couple hours. Then we go to bed by 7 or 8 most evening. We slept in thermal underwear and a few layers of clothes in the sleeping bag. While in high altitude, we were advice to drink lot of water, but it is so hard to get up in the night to use the restroom where it is just a squad toilet and it is wet and icy, if not careful you can slip and fall. Getting up in the morning out of the sleeping bag is a tough act, yet many days we had to start early on our hike so I had no choice but to drag my skinny behind out of the sleeping bag. Gokyo consists of just a few houses and lodges, along Gokyo Lake.
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besnard (54803) 2013-12-13 21:46
Une très belle image hivernale. Cet animal givré semble contempler ce grandiose paysage.
Amitiés et bon week-end.
PaulVDV (24191) 2013-12-13 21:53
This picture gives us indeed a feeling that it was very cold there.
I suppose the yaks are accustomed to stay outside during the night and I hope its thick fur can keep this animal with its snow-covered body warm.
The sun that lits the tops of the mountains brings hope.
Could it heat up sufficiently at daytime or did it remain cold?
At what altitude was this picture taken?
Best regards from Belgium (where it feels suddenly much warmer after seeing this picture), Paul
jadesgran (5369) 2013-12-13 21:57
Very informative note - Thankyou.
It does look very cold,but the mountains with sweeping curves is beautiful, and especially with just a flash of sunlight on the one on the right.
The yak is suitably positioned in the frame.
A pleasing picture.
jjcordier (78388) 2013-12-13 22:20
Une magnifique photo! La présence de cette vache, qui parait presque congelée, parait un peu saugrenue dans ce splendide paysage glacé. Une note intéressante également.
fds (8758) 2013-12-13 22:32
dear great way lim fantastic frozen image with the yack in the right and great mountain in the background
great games of the light and schadows and fantastic location
great schot dear friend
danos (89887) 2013-12-13 22:47
a very original live sample of the life in the Himalaya,this freezing morning.I understand the difficult weatrher conditions at this altitude but the animal hasn't an owner to bring it in the farm?
Excellent presentation of this moment of the morning.
emka (85179) 2013-12-13 23:40
Hi Way, We have the pleasure to see your photos here so rarely! I shiver from cold just looking at your photo. Haha, I can imagine how it is to leave the cozy warm sleeping bag and going out. What experience you had there. I am envious :). beautifully lit mountain tops. fantastic light.
Warm regrads MAlgo
PS. I met Kath a week ago :).
papagolf21 (89706) 2013-12-14 0:01
Les grands froids ne plaisent pas à tout le monde, la preuve en est donnée à travers cette composition.
La beauté du spectacle (montagnes) et la tristesse de voir cet animal subir les affres du froid.
Très belle réalisation.
yquem46 (38750) 2013-12-14 0:29
Not posting often but when you do, it's each time top notch !
A unique shot of Nepal in winter with the ray of sun on the summit and the snow covered yack at the FG which make all the difference
Bravo, have a nice WE
jhm (143445) 2013-12-14 1:07
this is an extraordinarily trip in these mountain area.
The cow with a little bit snow is for us westerns not usual during the winter cow in open air.
Also nice depth and perspective picture.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
chrislo (4155) 2013-12-14 1:18
I like the monochromatic tones of this image, it suites this wintery subject perfectly. One can nearly feel the cold and the silence of this early morning. Your lighting, colours and clarity are all very good. The lighting on the mountain top is particularly beautiful and adds great impact to the shot. The picture itself shows how hard it must be for these animals living in high altitude to survive winters of very low temperatures. A really great landscape image.
Have a nice weekend.
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2013-12-14 2:04
a very nice composition here, Way. You captured a very good frame with magical morning light. The place is looking so serene and calm with full of nature. A very good one. Tfs.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-14 2:43
a WOW! shot this! The cold is just palpable and yet it is enticingly beautiful. Love the light here and you have managed it superbly. A quality and enchanting piece of imagery! Love it!
Enjoy the weekend - B.
Kielia (24073) 2013-12-14 4:28
this is wonderful, one of your most interesting photos for sure. It shows this fascinating place taken from a very well working POV. Excellent light management. The vertical frame is well chosen and the freezing creature in the foreground is the cherry on the cake. My compliments also for the note!
HimalAnda (10223) 2013-12-14 4:47
What a beautiful picture! I like the blue tones with give an idea of how cold it was.
It should have been a wonderful trek. You were lucky to go there.
siudzi (34131) 2013-12-14 4:57
What a great winter post taken at such a unique and interesting place! The cold blue tonality and special lighting made the scene so eye-catching. Very well seen and done! Like it.
Have a nice weekend!
cebe (1483) 2013-12-14 7:48
Hi Way. This is a splendid photo. The yak contributes so well to the scene, with the head ideally turned towards the center of the photo. The bit of sunlight on the mountains far away is also very nice. An outstanding shot. Interesting note too. Claude.
willperrett (8017) 2013-12-14 9:27
Without the yak and the spot of sunlight on the distant mountain, this would be an interesting, bleak mountainscape; with those elements, it becomes a wonderful photograph. Beautiful work. Stay warm!
olive224 (2719) 2013-12-14 11:00
Hi Dear friend
A very cold and nice view ! I like the poor cow in the lower right part of the image, that seems really frozen !!
Great ray of light on the summit of mountains
holmertz (44420) 2013-12-14 11:18
I guess a photo like this is worth some suffering. It really looks cold, but the light on the distant peak indicates that in a short while the conditions may get a little bit easier to endure. The yak is the other obvious highlight of this composition.
cornejo (35117) 2013-12-14 12:09
Hello Way, Excellent photo of this beautiful cold morning, perfectly composed and captured this beautiful image with good sharpness, nice color and light. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good morning and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Gigidusud (17673) 2013-12-14 13:57
Rien que de regarder la photo on peut sentir le froid. Pauvre animal gelé! Très jolie la lumière sur les sommets. Une grande aventure et beaucoup de courage. Bravo!
abmdsudi (46194) 2013-12-14 19:58
It is freezing up there!! Spectacular calm setting to watch sunrise in the right conditions but I was tucked up in a lovely warm bed when you took this!! - Lol
Can feel the cold but there's a hint of promising warmer times with stunning splash of warm light on the peaks and rising between the blueish tones in brilliantly clear air. Imho, limitation of color tones really makes this special - worth the effort of an early start creating that beautiful mood, and that brave intriguing yak is adding lots of effect and strength to the compo filled by mass of delicate details. Another of your classic blues! Fabulous. thnks for sharing :))
korbee (6617) 2013-12-15 9:39
Youve taken all the profit of the little light overthere!
Loveley blue and cold mood,and the small strip of sun in the Himalayas makes it great.
I love your note because it brings me back to the 1980s when I did the Jomosom trek,it was Christmas evening and we slept in a small house at about 8 pm,simply too freezing to stay up ;=],we kept the same clothes for a about 2 weeks ;=].
Good night from a cold Holland too.
jcpix (13810) 2013-12-15 14:26
If for nothing else, I'd say points for using the term "skinny behind." Funny! :) Even before reading your note I was freezing just looking at this image! I can't imagine trying to work a camera in such conditions, I'd be more concerned with losing extremities to the weather!?
I'm glad you braved the conditions though to share this wonderful shot. The shaded morning light has helped produce a blue tint, which amplifies the cold depiction here...and of course the snow covered beast also reinforces that notion. My word, how does it survive like that? Crazy!
The first warm light captured on the distant peak is a thing of beauty, a lone bright spot signaling the start of a new day and hopefully warmer temperature. :) Cold morning indeed!
Have a great week ahead. All the best.
tatadalou (7033) 2013-12-15 16:36
This animal (a yack ?) seems to contemplate the beautiful landscape in front of him. The fresh colours are just disturbed by a little sunray in the upper part of the mountain that makes all the difference.
zanzi (13670) 2013-12-16 12:20
As you said, it has been a long time...
I like the story, I like the picture, but I do not feel I would like the cold conditions you describe in your note.
The picture is truly a good illustration of the note.
nikkitta (16476) 2013-12-16 13:03
It seems that during this trip you experience cold, cold weather , always ( to me) preferable to warm weather
But the only way to obtain new, creatives captures like this one, all in bluish tones, a blue hour with the rising sun at the back
Like the presence of the bull or yak that seems quite frozen, not still moving
The frame, quite artistic one matching the colors
You are a true artist, keep posting and writing clever, interesting notes and comments
rigoletto (34269) 2013-12-17 14:57
oh my, your story gave me the shivers down my spine. this way or that, i would always prefer to wake up in a desert tent rather than the one in your note. wouldn't bear that cold even for the sake of yak dung heat and beautiful photos such as this. therefore, kudos for all mountain travellers, including you :)
sevy (15367) 2013-12-18 0:18
I am late. I noticed your post some days ago but with no time, then I forgot.
I like this shot for this blue mood and only a piece of sunrise light on the high mountains.
It is perfectly in line with my remembering and the very cold night in Everest valleys.
Here you efficiently composed the shot balancing the valley, the mountains and the yack.
As well a good exposure and contrast setting, especially for the shadows being the biggest part of the shot.
EstudioChispa (2084) 2013-12-18 8:11
Pure poetry, Way... the first light on the peaks and the frost-covered beast tell us all we need to know about this morning in Nepal.
Well done -- thanks for sharing!
Didi (58748) 2013-12-21 6:47
Great view with the mountain top on fire
Good blue temperature cold ambiance
adores (40354) 2013-12-22 12:35
It must be really cold there, too cold for me, but I'm sure it must be a fantastic experience. I like this shot, the sun is slowly rising and the snow covering the ground lets us understand how cold it must be there. I like the yak in foreground, also covered with snow. A very good shot!
Cricri (110627) 2013-12-24 5:51
Cette image est touchante, voir ainsi cette pauvre bete dans ce paysage extrêmement froid, j'espéré que le soleil va venir un peu la réchauffer, en tout les cas une intéressante et belle présentation
mkamionka (32333) 2013-12-26 1:10
very impressive picture. The animal makes a wonderful foreground here adding so much life and interest. You were lucky to have it there and you have well used the opportunity. I admire the perfect exposition here: capturing the first rays of sun could result in some overexposure but everything is perfectly well balanced here. A real master piece as all your photos anyway.
I am glad to be able to admire this amazing view sitting in a warm room, I am not sure if I would be up to the challenge of facing cold all the time.
Angshu (56462) 2013-12-31 1:23
Indeed a feel of real chill one can feel from here...the blueness of the cold is numbing. In the wee hours of the morning when light falls on one side of the magnificent peak, it is also a question mark whether the intense cold actually allows you to 'enjoy' the ethereal beauty! Thanks to you we can 'enjoy' the beauty sitting in the warth of our homes.
I wish you & all your loved ones a fine, prosperous & healthy 2014
fabbs99 (16815) 2014-01-02 21:37
Awesome shot of snow mountains. The wild buffalo sitting out in the cold.The rays of light on the tip.Good sharpness and lights .Keep sharing.TFS.