There have been occasions when while posting a picture I have thought, “well I probably made it look better than it actually was!” On the other hand for each of the Kareri Village pictures I can safely say that the picture is actually inferior to the scenes. Try as I may, I was not able to truly capture the beauty of this small Himalayan village in my photographs. Still, I have to share what I got and here I go.
1. Blue Fronted Redstart
Kareri was a paradise for birding. The birds would flock around the house of my hosts itself. A red capped waterstart was a regular to the frontyard. It took me sometime to figure out the true identity of this beauty, the blue fronted redstart which was perching shyly on one of the branches a little away from the house. It is my first sighting of this delight.
2. A Poetry in Yellow
I can’t write poetry even to save my life. Barring a few (“miles to go before I sleep” leaps immediately to the mind) I hardly read poetry. But that is slowly changing. I do not run away as soon as I see poetry anymore. Maniparna it is you who changed it for me! And somehow these flowers look worthy of a poetry to me!
3. The Mighty Dhauladhars
I do not know what fascinates me but there is something about the mountains that makes me happy. I was looking at the light falling high up, forming the two lines on the otherwise dark face. I actually wanted to climb and stand there. However, I have no mountaineering skills at all. And yet the mountains fascinate me so, always.
4. The Fairy Fields
My eyes are more used to seeing concrete at a stretch than flowers! So you have to forgive me if I compare it to a fairy field! However, I have a suspicion that the locals who see it daily do not give it so much as a second favored glance!
5. A Cloudy Symphony
If I will be honest, I wanted blue skies and the mountains glowing red in the evening light. But since June 2013 all I get is clouds and mist, for most of the time. I do hope the mountains take me back in their favor and soon.
6. A Frosty Display
The day I was leaving, there was frost on the ground. My feet made such a crunching sound while I walked through the fields. I was a bit scared that I might slip. I am not at all confident even on mere frost, what to say of snow!
7. A Place to Call Home
You cannot call me a romantic. I love to spend my vacation at such scenic places. But I know the nearest hospital is far away and there is only one school in the neighborhood which is up to 8th standard. And yet for a while I did wish that there was a place by the yellow fields that I could call home.
8. The Blue Skies
The blue skies appeared miraculously in the morning on the day I had to leave. I ventured out to spend a few hours walking by, enjoying the view. To me now it seems but obvious that there should be blue skies when I am leaving the mountains, that has been the trend for more than one year now.
9. The Parting Shot
As the jeep started moving out of Kareri, I saw this scene and started fiddling with my cell phone. Guessing correctly that I wanted to click a picture, Sohan ji asked the driver to stop the vehicle for a few seconds. So, that is how the parting shot was captured.
10. Beautiful Outskirts of Dharamshala
This was also one of the jeep shots, where I got down to click this picture. It was still so beautiful on the outskirts of Dharamshala. Now when it comes to the main hill stations, I find them so over constructed!
Do let me know which picture is your favorite!