Photographer's Note

Another early morning photo taken from the rooftop of a hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu.

The snow covered mountain between the prayer flags and the marigolds is part of the Ganesh Himal range. This mountain range was named after the Hindu elephant-headed God of good fortune and the highest point is 7340 metres.

Both prayer flags and marigolds fill Nepal with vibrant colours.

Prayer flags are strung everywhere. Tibetan Buddhists believe that the mantras, symbols and messages of peace which are printed on the coloured square flags will be blown by the wind to spread goodwill and compassion into the surrounding countryside. The 5 colours are always hung in the same order and represent the elements - blue-sky/space, white-air/wind, red-fire, green-water and yellow-earth.

Throughout Nepal marigolds fill shrines, are made into garlands, draped around necks, used as offerings, hung on houses and businesses, collect in the cracks on the streets, adorn weddings, and accompany the dead.

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