Monthly Archives: February 2013

HB ARTWALK Feb 21, 2013

Exhibiting at SuperHero’s Sub Shop in Huntington Beach on Thursday February 21, 6-10pm. Part of the HB Artwalk. Lots of Artists, food, and fun. See ya there. ;) ~

 

 

US Open of Surfing. Huntington beach, California 2011. Photo: Todd Puchalski

 

 

 

Photo Monologue – The Himalaya

In 2008 I spent 6 weeks in India and Nepal. I was not there to vacation, or to get in some sights; none-the-less, it happens. Amongst long hard days, running on high alert, and little sleep, there are sheer moments when no matter how many times you rub your eyes and pinch yourself, you realize you’re not dreaming. It is simply wonderful! …and you understand the journey you are on…

Sunrise over the foothills of Katmandu.

Sunrise over the foothills of Katmandu.

One of the most sought after spiritual lands in the world, Nepal’s coveted landscape, ancient epicenters and mysticism also hold the largest energy force on Earth next to gravity, and the ocean; mineral and crystal rich Himalaya.

The Himalayas, also Himalaya, “abode of the snow,” is a mountain range in Asia separating the plains of the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau.

 

Photo of the Himalaya foothills, and Ganesha II in the background from Nagarkot, a very low lying group of farms and villages of the Sherpa people. Still over 14,000 ft.Photo of the Himalaya foothills, and Ganesha II in the background from Nagarkot, a very low lying group of farms and villages of the Sherpa people. Still over 14,000 ft.

The Himalaya foothills, also known as the Sivalik Hills. At about 80 miles away, Ganesha II stands in the background rising well over 20,ooo feet above Nagarkot, a very low lying group of terraced farms and villages in the steep foothills of the Sherpa people, and where I stand to photograph this moment. Still over 14,000 ft+, and barely starting the foothills.   WOW!!!

 

From the cockpit of a very, very small plan grinding its way to 30,000 ft out of Katmandu, Nepal. 5:30am

First light from the cockpit of a very, very small plane grinding its way to 30,000 ft. out of Katmandu, Nepal; destined for the Mt. Everest summit. 5:30am

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sakill Foothillls at dawn.

The Sivalik Hillls at dawn. Slowly ascending northeast from Katmandu towards Everest and the southern slope of the Himalaya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From frozen Katmandu, on my way in a very small 5:00am prop-plane to circle the Everest Summit,  we first pass over the Sivalik Hills, and shortly the Mahabharat Range, the smaller range, before souring at 30,000 ft. to meet the largest land mass known to man (aside of Hawaii) face-to-face , and above the clouds.

The Himalayas. Vast, Powerful & Beautiful!Namaste

The Himalayas’, Lokasi. Vast, Powerful & Beautiful.
Namaste!!

A neighboring Peak to Everest, and the towering peak over the infamous Lokasi Face, an extreme climb over and up ice, rock and the deep of crevasses on the ascent to Everest.

The Himalayas cross five countries: BhutanIndiaNepalChina, and Pakistan

Several places in the Himalaya are of religious significance in HinduismJainismSikhismBuddhism, and Islam. A notable example of a religious site is Paro Taktsang, where Padmasambhava is said to have founded Buddhism in Bhutan.

 

Prayers blowing in the wind. Katmandu, Nepal.

Prayers blowing in the wind. The Monkey Temple, Katmandu, Nepal.

 

Buddhist Monk Students. Life within Life....

Buddhist Monk Students. Life within Life…. Now tell me, do any of these boys look as if they face a fate in the Christian Hell? I also think not. Just food for thought……..   ;) ~

 

A little of real Sherpa Life. Not glamorized by movies and the Everest Craze... Sad, yet remarkably beautiful in spirit, mind, and body. Something to look up to.

A little of real Sherpa life. Not glamorized by movies and the Everest Craze… Sad, yet remarkably beautiful in spirit, mind, and body. Something to respect the true nature of mankind and understand yourself in the larger scheme of things around the globe.