Eternal spring, Spiti Valley, Himalaya - India

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© Etan Doronne
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At this place, 4000 meters above sea level, it stays dry and sunny all year long. Temperature doesn't get to hot. There's a lot of water but no rain,hail or snow. The water streams down from the Himalayan peaks above. This high desert is on the back of the mountains that get the rain.

It is so rare to have rain here that traditional hoses are built with 4 feet thick mud brick walls but only a flimsy roof that consists of bush twigs sealed with mud.

I was walking from the village above down to Key Gompa, a buddhist monastary and it felt like the defiition of spring. Clear air that makes breathing easy and colors shine, sunny but not sweaty or oven-like and nature spreads as far as the eye can see. The flowers seem to agree as they were blooming along my path. Butterfly's were hovering around.

This picture I took on my way spells spring for me.

My India: Where every village is home - Experience !

2 responses

  • Jens Kornacker

    Jens Kornacker gave props (27 Mar 2010):

    absolutely fantastic!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (31 Mar 2012):

    Evocative & lovely

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