Gallery: pick a word (November)
Tourists who come to Nepal look at terraced fields and see their beauty but remain blind to the hard labour they extract from tillersManjushree Thapa, Nepalese–born Canadian writer
Oh dear! How many times have I fallen precisely into that trap, marvelling at the beauty of terraced fields while forgetting how tough it must be to farm these hillsides.
It’s time once more for me to be tasked to keep it brief for Paula’s monthly Pick a Word challenge. Five words, five photos inspired by those words. I may not stick only to her five words, although I try to be succinct while also giving a bit of context to my choices.
This time Paula has given us five synonyms for patterns. I’ve chosen all my images from my recent Nepal trip. I’m not sure they’re the best possible matches for Paula’s words, but they are all patterns of a sort.
Terraced rice fields at Manakamana, seen from the cable car
The cable car takes both tourists and pilgrims high into the foothills of the Himalayas, to the vibrant temple town of Manakamana 1,300 metres above sea level
Prayer flags in Pokhara
I photographed these prayer flags in the rather incongruous setting of a small Tibetan shopping arcade in Lakeside, the tourist district of Pokhara
Small bells hanging from a temple roof in Patan
Patan is the third of the royal capitals in the Kathmandu Valley, along with Kathmandu itself and Bhaktapur
Lines of grasses on a misty morning in Bardia National Park
I liked the colour of these grasses against the pale misty trees, and stitched two shots together in Photoshop to create this panoramic line of them
More prayer flags, this time at Boudhanath Stupa on the outskirts of Kathmandu
I’ll do a full post on the massive Boudhanath Stupa sometime soon, as it was one of my favourite sights in Kathmandu
I travelled in Nepal in October and November 2022
Wow, Sarah, wow!
Thanks so much Paula 😀
The prayer flags are so colourful … and I love how you captured them while blowing in the wind.
Thank you 😀
A very thoughtful quote with beautifully patterned pictures 🙂
Thank you – the quote certainly got me thinking when I came across it and I was keen to share it 🙂
You’re right, Sarah – we see the attraction without considering the toil, don’t we. So many of the ancient terraces we see are deserted nowadays though, too.
I didn’t see any deserted one in Nepal, they seem to be very much part of the agricultural scene there.
Mike and Kellye Hefner
I think you nailed it! Lovely pictures, Sararh.
Thanks so much 😀
Aletta - nowathome
These beautiful photos are just perfect for the prompt! !
Thank you Aletta 🙂
philosophy through photography
Love your clicks.
Prayer flags my favorite
Thank you, so pleased you like them 😀
philosophy through photography
You are welcome Sarah.
Beautiful pictures from Nepal and a very powerful quote. Maggie
Thank you Maggie, I was really taken by that quote when I came across it
So wonderful to see these prayer flags. Beautiful bells!
Thanks Amy. I loved those little bells dangling from all the temple roofs!
Lost mesmerized! I kept ,going back over and again and appreciated more each time.
Aw, thanks Yvonne 😊
Fabulous. Any excuse to showcase more of your Nepalese photos is fine by me. And anyway, you also stuck to the brief!
So pleased you like my choices Margaret, and find them appropriate too!