Archives for the month of: April, 2014

Image Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Kashmiri shepherd wearing what appeared to be only a thin layer of a burlap type of material leading his flock of goats across a snowy and cold mountain pass in northern India in mid June. This was my dream shot. (©2013)


1c-lhasa-zangnvThough we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Tibetan woman shouldering a rack of yak meat on a side street near the Barkhor in central Lhasa, Tibet. Since the 2000s, a rapid influx of Han Chinese migrants, large-scale infrastructure projects, and other state-led strategies of modernization have transformed the Tibetan plateau and led to an effective marginalization of the Tibetan community, who now make up around 85% of the rural population, but only 5% of the population in cities and 10% of the population in towns.

Leh-Manali Road
Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. ~ Robert Frost

1-changthang-trekking-mtnscapeHe who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to. ~ Harry Fosdick

2 Tsokar (2)As you go through life, you’ve got to see the valleys as well as the peaks. ~ Neil Young

5 Changthang Tsokar trekkingLife is a journey, not a destination. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

6 Tsokar trekking pathThere are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk. – Guy Gavriel Kay

The best way out is always through. ~ Robert Frost

Trekking on foot with a local horseman and one other traveler across the high and dry alpine desert steppes of the Changtang, described as “a land of seemingly endless open range with nary a fence in site” (Bauer, 2005: 70).

10 Tsokar villageEach day is a journey, and the journey itself home. ~ Matsuo Basho

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. ~ Douglas Adams