Ode to Mallory
Snapped from Rishi Bridge. Mudum khola on the right and Rishi khola on the left unite and continue as Rishikhola that flows downstream to join Tista River.
Khola = Small stream.
The site is 15 KMs. from Pedong, which is a cool Himalayan village on the ancient Silk-route. Pedong is encircled half the boundary by these rivers.
George Leigh Mallory, the charismatic hero in the history of Everest expedition, walked across this Rishi River in 1921, 1922 and 1924, in the three consecutive 1st, 2nd and 3rd expedition to Everest. As Nepal did not extend their co-operation to the British at that time, the expedition marched through this route to enter Tibet via Sikkim. Might the concrete Rishi Bridge be non existent at that time, he had traversed the stream over a log with his team, from Bengal at the right to Rongli of Sikkim at the left.
As described by Sir Francis Younghusband in his The Epic of Mount Everest, Mallory’s walk across this river in the last week of March in 1924 was a one way ticket to Himalayas, because he was last seen on the Everest at 27 thousand feet at 12.50 PM on 8th June 1924. Mallory and his friend Andrew Irvine in their final assault were lost in an enigma.
If the oxygen apparatus had worked properly on that morning his name would have engraved as the 1st …………………..and the history would have a different script.
Nick named as “Mallory”, the Cambridge lecturer with the personality of a boy in a manly physic is the beloved most popular hero in Everest.
Me, standing with my digicam in hand, experienced a deep emotion and a feeling for this great lofty personality, who steadily walked his last steps with his expedition team here - yes here, across this rustling mountain stream.
’Lofty designs must end in like effects,
Leave them – still loftier than the world suspects,
Living and dying.’
May his soul rest in peace.
After 75 years in 1999 the Mallory-Irvine research expedition team found out him just below the yellow band of Everest at 26 thousand feet height.
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kiwi_explorer (12209) 2007-07-04 1:40
Lovely capture of two converging rivers ... I like your POV. Nice lush green landscape ... that misty forest in the background gives the compo some depth. Nice composition ... well done! tfs
somak_g (497) 2007-07-04 1:46
great shot - the compositiion og green and water is very nice. and the note is also very informative. i like your photographs.
japiey (10163) 2007-07-04 2:00
Impressive is this capture..
The confluence is well imaged here..and the nature is so rich..
Your sincerity in dedicating this is admirable.
Wish you a great day.
(did u change the early one? i saw that..)
manub (920) 2007-07-04 2:15
I was immediately attracted by the title of the picture, since i'm still fascinated by the epic travels of the pionners of Everest, Mallory, Irvine, Norton and many others...
Excellent note, and beautiful picture with this misty atmosphere that reminds us the ghosts of the past.
(I'm not a big fan of the grey/green frame, but that's only a minor critic).
have a nice day
sayan (2617) 2007-07-04 2:53
Hello Dr. Bhunia,
Very nice capture. I like the colours here, so green! Wonderful capture of the confluence of Mudum and Rishi khola. I would like to see the top of the mountain too in the back, which in my opinion is necessary just for the sake of completeness of this composition, otherwise it looks a bit abruptly cropped.
Also the frame can be a simpler one.
holmertz (54363) 2007-07-04 5:31
Another fine composition and a tribute to the immense variety of the Indian landscape.
crckt (7222) 2007-07-04 13:41
Hi Dr. J,
Very nice composition, POV. Simple, yet so elegant.
Just curious, how did you make the frame?
mvdisco (17794) 2007-07-04 15:12
Wanderful picture and good composition,excellent point of view, beautiful colors and frame, nice landscape view..well done..
Many thanks for your comment on my picture: Country Road..
Quentin (5280) 2007-07-04 17:29
Hi Dr. J.
A beautiful and wild view on this river. I love this kind of
vegetation all arround. Well done.
dhurjati (2709) 2007-07-04 23:53
This is a nice view.Nice lush greenery around and the confluence of the two "Khola"'s adds up to the beauty.Nice POV indeed.But the sky, though to very small extent doesn't look attractive at all to me.And I can see a snowy peak at the far right top, is it "K" range visible?
rzesynepkarzarn (0) 2007-07-05 4:07
Hello Dr. J,
Being a nature addict, I must say that I loved this photo. The green is so impressive. The colours of green and grey are great. The top of the mountain is not necessarily be included in the frame since one could imagine the peak and this is more mystical like that. Moreover, I feel the emphasis here is the foreground rivers and their intersection.
The pieces of sky on both top sides is essential for the photo as it gives a perfect depth to the composition.
About the frame, I just find it interesting. As my first impession I see a 3D effect in this photo....maybe it's because of the frame or maybe the triangular shape of the land and maybe because of both, I'm not sure :)
Your note and the story is also touching.
This photo worths taking its place on my favorites *****
photographer123 (6246) 2007-07-05 7:00
very good composition..green is nice here...composition is good but I dont like the border...its too heavy..I think simple border will work well here...subir..
Docarmo (9639) 2007-07-05 7:15
Very nice picture, the perspective is stunning, we have the sensation of 3D. This big squared photo is even more impressive.
Maria do Carmo
sagar (2410) 2007-07-05 7:58
Very impressive capture of the confluence.The lush greenery is amazing.Aobe all,a fantastic dedication.
sadeik (3282) 2007-07-05 11:29
For me this would have been even better in black and white film with a green/yellow filter. Just seems to want to be in b&w there again maybe I'm totally wrong. Prove me wrong!
This is a superb image in colour anyway, I just adore the way you have caught the wooded ridge between the two streams Excellant
I have had another look because itis so nice, just noticed the hill has just a tiny bit missing from the top, prehaps a portrait shot would have given us the final summit as well. Just a thought
stego (24132) 2007-07-05 16:14
An impressive view and photo! You did a great capture of all the wild beauty of the place and the strength of nature.
A touching homage to that adventurer of other times, that we will never know if he wasn't the first man to reach the top of the world.
xuaxo (6846) 2007-07-06 5:47
This is a wonderful view of the junction of the streams. The green vegetation is also beautiful. The picture misses just the top of some trees in the middle.
noborders (1010) 2007-07-08 1:16
Interesting note and beautiful shot... I like those 2 impetuous streams rushing and joining together !
Angshu (56758) 2007-07-10 21:04
A very good capture with the twin perspectives of the two rivers converging in the FG. I am learning a lot about North Bengal by seeing your photographs & reading your notes. Lush greenery amidst the two streams...wished the top of the mountain in the BG was not cropped. Also in my opinion, this frame takes a lot of our attention away from the lovely picture...so would have preferred a simple frame.
wishlist (4133) 2007-07-17 8:40
good shot well divided in two like a V as a guiding line for the eyes. I like the green colour and the pov. Good details throughout.
crhieatt (5347) 2007-09-18 11:12
Good natural looking capture of this "jungle" environment; and the path of the river makes for an interesting composition. There's plenty of detail and, again, very natural colours throughout.
But that frame - what were you thinking! ;0