Nostalgia and wistful thinking are in league during the winter with tales of the past turning in ones minds to flights of fantasy in the future, The past 3 seasons have seen me either in the Western Himalayas or Karakorum's , biking , hiking, and climbing. fulfilling some of my past flights of fantasy. It's an area no bigger than the Southern Alps in New Zealand but a whole world of vertical difference!. The Northern subcontinent is one of the most fascinating places on Earth where one finds such a diversity and often a clash of races , linguistics , philosophy, religions and in this current era politics but the dominating factor is the landscape and terrain itself which have shaped the human minds and cultures there. Towering over all are the mountains - results of that titanic clash between the Northward thrust of the the Indian continental plate and its massive collision with the Eurasian plate thrusting the Earths surface skywards whilst the forces of water and gravity try to destroy them. It make's the World of Humans far below seem as petty and insignificant as I daresay it often is.
It was a privilege to spend some time in that world and apart from memories the remains of those voyages remain in photographic form. Though I am no photographer, with the benefits of modern technologies I am able to snap hundreds of photos on the basis of that eventually some must be good. Here in mid winter with little else to do I sorted out some of the best images of the vertical world to put in blog form.