Today’s article is about the stunningly majestic and divine Chaukhamba
Article 33 of “Story of the Day” Series.
No matter how much-soever we imbalance our environment by consistently doing things which we are not supposed to do, nature has a way of bouncing back. Most of these are, unfortunately devastating to us humans. Yet we fail to correct ourselves.
I could write pages about things, that really irritate, bother and hurt me, but that is not what this article is about. This article is about the majestic and divinely beautiful Chaukhamba.
So as you might know, last year it snowed very little. So little, that places which used to receive 5 feet, received only like 1 feet or so. This year too, it did not snow for the longest of time. Normally, it consistently starts snowing on the peaks by November and the weather becomes absolutely haze and dust free. This year it did not snow all November and December, something that made me tremendously sad.
But then Nature is beyond our comprehension, and no matter how much of importance we give to ourselves as a species. In the grand scheme of nature, we are just that, another species.
Every morning and evening, I used to look at Chaukhamba, and seeing rocks instead of snow, really made me sad. It had not snowed on peaks for months and they were all barren of snow. The above image was made on 15th of December and as you can see there is absolutely no fresh snow on the peak. But then, it rained and Chaukhamba disappeared behind clouds for some days.
On 1st Jan the clouds finally cleared and this was the view in the evening. A view that brought the biggest smile to my face.
While the world around me was busy fighting, drinking, eating, laughing and simply doing their stuff. I was so utterly mesmerized, I forgot everything and stared at it for almost 30 minutes . I could not contain my happiness and wanting to share it with someone, I called my friend. While talking to him for another 30 minutes, the only thing I discussed was how beautiful Chaukhamba looked. I am sure, he must have thought I was crazy (and I was?). This was the image I made that day. The snow looks ethereally white and pristine. The good news is this year till today it’s snowing on the peaks. While it will stop snowing for some months now, but the quantity of snow the Himalayas received this year, will take a long long time to melt.
That’s it for the day, end of Blog 33
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