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This was taken few days ago..but as I look out my window today that's just how it looks..very gloomy..

70 Images of 30 Sec. Stacked in Photoshop CS5.

Location Chillas , Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan

Journey!!!

 

Shehzaad Maroof "AceStar" Photography Copyright 2013

Poznan, Poland

 

I shot this street earlier in the week almost in the same position and same time....love the way fog makes everything a bit eerie.

 

Erik Witsoe Photography

The beautiful Chillas-Jalkhad-Naran road. Linking Kaghan Valley with Chillas. This new shorter route was constructed by the British in 1890. It connects Kaghan valley to Gilgit across the Babusar Pass. The road winds across green grass lands mountains and ravines to an altitude of 13, 700 feet.

Another shot from Loaded series!

  

We were heading toward Gilgit via Babusar Pass on KKH, but got stucked somewhere in between Chillas and Raikot Bridge due to heavy landsliding on KKH. Furtunately got the chance to take some pics of moon rising over KKH (with not much success).

 

Crested Pigeon (Renehans Bore Rest Area )

Have you ever been to Hunza?If not yet, then you really should give a thought to spending the up coming summer vacations there, for it is a vale among those who's enchanting beauty and charms can, unfortunately, cannot be expressed in words. One have to see it for him, for its beauty is worth only one sense: sight!

Much blessed is your country for Allah has granted it with many of the Earthly Edens.And much blessed are you that Hunza is a valley of your country Pakistan.

Is it really a Paradise? Located at the base of gigantic mountains which are also surrounding it, this vale presents to you, in the form of beautiful sceneries and gardens of flowers and fruit, the true beauty of nature. I have questioned many a tourists and found out the reply that there really is some charm surrounding Hunza which one will not feel elsewhere!

To Hunza go two routes. If you are not used to long traveling then take a plane for Gilgit from Islamabad and then you can reach Hunza in two hours from gilgit by road. Simply it takes nearly three hours to Hunza from Islamabad. But these flights are destined with whether and if the sky is not visible then flights are postponed till next day.

And if you fancy traveling by road then the route goes; Abbotabad from Islamabad, then to Hunza via Mansehra, Bisham, Dassu, Chillas, jaglot and Gilgit is almost 18 hours. The journey will be carried out on the Silk Road, the eighth wonder of the world.

Hunza is geographically divided into three parts:

(1) Hunza Lower (Shenaki)

(2) Hunza Central (Karmiabad, Ali abad etc)

(3) Hunza Higher (Gojal)

Crested Pigeon (Renehans Bore Rest Area )

The karakoram Highway has been cut through the highest and mightiest mountains of the world to the unspoiled natural beauty. It has opened a passage through the isolated mountainous regions, which have remained a cultural backyard of humanity for centuries. This Highway has been described as the eighth wonder of the world and beyond any doubt, it is a true marvel of engineering. This Highway connects Pakistan with the silk route to other parts of Northern Areas like skardu. One of the greatest attractions is the Buddhist rocks carving which are scattered all over Northern Areas. See the rapid flow of the mighty Indus River. Learn about the famous traveler’s like Alexander the great, Marcopolo, the very first Buddhists. Let us take you back in to time on this Highway to Heaven, an experience of a lifetime.

  

Not too far away lies Khunjerab Pass (16000ft) which is the highest border crossing on a paved road in the world. This is the Pakistan’s border with China. It is ideal to plan your visit from April onwards which marks the commencement of blossoming spring season when the entire valley is covered with beautiful flowers all around. The season lasts till November. This region is not only an attraction for the mountaineers but an excellent area for sightseeing tourists Honeymooners and nature lovers.

Cuando desenfocamos... ¿Quién es el que ve? ¿Quién el que mira? Y... ¿el que espía?

 

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When we blur... Who's the one who see? Who's the one who look? And... the one who spy?

 

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Part of By the way... series

Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.

 

The Torres del Paine National Park and environs has four types of vegetation - pre-Andean scrubland on the banks of rivers and lakes; Magallanes forest made up of species of the Nothofagus genus; Magallanes tundra, typified by the presence of bent-over bushes, cushions of plants and pasturelands; and high altitude vegetation above the forests, which disappears as the altitude increases.

 

This diversity of environments leads to presence of a large number of mammals, including especially the Puma (Felis concolor), Guemal (Hippocamelus bisulcus), Guanaco (Lama guanicoe), Chilla Fox (Canis griseus), Culpeo Fox (Canis culpaeus) and Skunk (Conepactus chinga).

 

The park has a wide variety of bird fauna, with about 100 visible species, including especially Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus), Black-chested Buzzard Eagle (Geranoaetus melanoleucus), Black-necked Swan (Cygnus melanocoryphus), Chilean Flamingo (Phoenicopterus chilensis), Spectacled Duck (Anas specularis), Magellanic Woodpecker (Campephilus magellanicus), Ringed Kingfisher (Ceryle torquata), Patagonian Sierra-Finch (Phrygilus patagonicus), Common Diuca-Finch (Diuca diuca) and Rufous-collared Sparrow (Zonotrichia capensis).

Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's son Akbar in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by Bega Begum.

 

It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India, close to the Dina-panah Citadel, also known as Purana Qila (Old Fort), that Humayun founded in 1533. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale.

 

The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West.

 

The complex encompasses the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun, which houses the graves of Bega Begum herself, Hamida Begum, and also Dara Shikoh, great-great-grandson of Humayun and son of the later Emperor Shah Jahan, as well as numerous other subsequent Mughals, including Emperor Jahandar Shah, Farrukhsiyar, Rafi Ul-Darjat, Rafi Ud-Daulat, Muhammad Kam Bakhsh and Alamgir II.

 

It represented a leap in Mughal architecture, and together with its accomplished Charbagh garden, typical of Persian gardens, but never seen before in India, it set a precedent for subsequent Mughal architecture. It is seen as a clear departure from the fairly modest mausoleum of his father, the first Mughal Emperor, Babur, called Bagh-e Babur (Gardens of Babur) in Kabul (Afghanistan). Though the latter was the first Emperor to start the tradition of being buried in a paradise garden. Modelled on Gur-e Amir, the tomb of his ancestor and Asia's conqueror Timur in Samarkand, it created a precedent for future Mughal architecture of royal mausolea, which reached its zenith with the Taj Mahal, at Agra.

 

The site was chosen on the banks of Yamuna river, due to its proximity to Nizamuddin Dargah, the mausoleum of the celebrated Sufi saint of Delhi, Nizamuddin Auliya, who was much revered by the rulers of Delhi, and whose residence, Chilla Nizamuddin Auliya lies just north-east of the tomb. In later Mughal history, the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar took refuge here, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, along with three princes, and was captured by Captain Hodson before being exiled to Rangoon. At the time of the Slave Dynasty this land was under the 'KiloKheri Fort' which was capital of Sultan Kequbad, son of Nasiruddin (1268–1287).

 

Picture taken in 1984.

Estrujo los granitos de arena con la planta de los pies, y noto escapar diminutas motas de grava entre las yemas de mis dedos. El calor azota mi cara empañada de indiferencia, sin gesto ni color, ni brillo en los ojos que miran inertes el tétrico paraje que se abre ante mí. Y escavo en la tierra, buscando una razón por la que no gritar hasta volverme loca, buscando una pista que me diga como recomponer mi alma, tratando de encontrarle un sentido a una existencia insulsa y vacía que huye sin rumbo de la monotonía de la sociedad, infectada hasta los cimientos por la codicia y la avaricia de unos magnates que intentan controlar el curso de mi vida.

 

Y hastiada miro al cielo, clamando justicia a algo que quizás no exista, preguntándome hasta que punto estamos solos y cómo, aún estando rodeado de personas, puede sentirse tan solo un corazón que late. Salto y golpeo al suelo hasta hacerme sangre, empapándome de daño, mientras aplasto un puñado de arena como si fuera mi cráneo.

Y encuentro que ésa es la única manera de sentirme viva.

 

+ Explore #179 Dec 11, 2010 ©

+ La ciudad se trata de Nueva York, el océano atlántico, y se pueden distinguir tanto la torre de la libertad como el Empire State a lo lejos. La he resubido, tras haberla editado un poco más. Me parece una foto bonita y que merece más atención de la que se le ha dado. Muchísimo mejor en grande..

+ ¡Concierto de skainhead!

 

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Kaghan valley is famous for its lakes and alluring natural scenes. Other than the famous saif ul malook, lulusar lake is another celestial place to visit. Traveling from NARAN towards CHILLAS, at a distance of about 30 Km comes a small village known as JHALKAND. On the left side a fairly wide track leads the way to this lake. This lake has a very enchanting effect on the tourist as it is among the most unspoiled lakes in Pakistan. I have never seen such a serene place in Pakistan.

Being the largest of all the lakes in KAGHAN valley this lake is also the main source of famous river KUNHAR.

 

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As one move toward the upper reaches of Kaghan, There comes time when the high rising pine trees give place to the green slopes and bushes with a unique floras. Jalkhad is almost the place where you would find the last of these pine and Deodaar trees. After this spor, you would only witness the grassy meadows and small bushes untill you drop back to BabuSar Village or toward Sharda in Azad Kashimir.

 

A perfect place to sit beside the road and enjoy the unique vista it has to offer. Farmers are back from the lower altitudes and ploughing the fields for the Pea and Potato harvest. These slopes are lifeless in winters and during the summer of June it becomes a colony of farmers.

 

Taken: Panorama Near Jalkhad, Upper Kaghan Valley, Mansehra, KPK, Pakistan

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just a few minutes of afternoon light

before our light painting session

with jack, mark, dex, mick & chilla

 

too much of a nice day to turn down a quick fire paint and a chilla

Kohistan (Land of Mountains) refers to the sub 6000m peaks enclosing this canyon as well as upper Swat and Dir. The desolate, crumbling terrain made it one of the most harrowing passages in Asia.

 

The intrepid Chinese Buddhist pilgrim Fa Hsien, having already crossed most of China and the Karakoram on foot, was awestruck. In 403 AD he wrote about Indus Kohistan:

  

The road is difficult and broken, with steep crags and precipices in the way. The mountainside is like a stone wall 10, 000 feet high. Looking down, the sight is confused and there is no sure foothold.

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.”

 

Location : on way to minapin village ,KKH ,Hunza Vally

En Corralco se pasea esperando que la gallada que sube esquiar le tire un bocadito, anda con la hermana, que pidió no salir en la foto.

 

Malalcahuello, Región de la Araucanía, Chile central.

 

Humayun's tomb (Hindi: हुमायूँ का मक़बरा, Urdu: ہمایون کا مقبره Humayun ka Maqbara) is a complex of buildings built as the Mughal Emperor Humayun's tomb, commissioned by Humayun's wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 CE, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India, close to the Dina-panah citadel also known as Purana Qila, that Humayun founded in 1533. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The complex was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and since then has undergone extensive restoration work, which is still underway.

The complex encompasses the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun, which houses the graves of his wife, Hamida Begum, and also Dara Shikoh, son of the later Emperor Shah Jahan, as well as numerous other subsequent Mughals, including Emperor Jahandar Shah, Farrukhsiyar, Rafi Ul-Darjat, Rafi Ud-Daulat and Alamgir II. It represented a leap in Mughal architecture, and together with its accomplished Charbagh garden, typical of Persian gardens, but never seen before in India, it set a precedent for subsequent Mughal architecture. It is seen as a clear departure from the fairly modest mausoleum of his father, the first Mughal Emperor, Babur, called Bagh-e Babur (Gardens of Babur) in Kabul (Afghanistan). Though the latter was the first Emperor to start the tradition of being buried in a paradise garden. Modelled on Gur-e Amir, the tomb of his ancestor and Asia's conqueror Timur in Samarkand, it created a precedent for future Mughal architecture of royal mausolea, which reached its zenith with the Taj Mahal, at Agra.

The site was chosen on the banks of Yamuna river, due to its proximity to Nizamuddin Dargah, the mausoleum of the celebrated Sufi saint of Delhi, Nizamuddin Auliya, who was much revered by the rulers of Delhi, and whose residence, Chilla Nizamuddin Auliya lies just north-east of the tomb. In later Mughal history, the last Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar took refuge here, during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, along with three princes, and was captured by Captain Hodson before being exiled to Rangoon. At the time of the Slave Dynasty this land was under the 'KiloKheri Fort' which was capital of Sultan Kequbad, son of Nasiruddin (1268-1287).

Green bee-eaters at Chilla Khadar, Delhi today

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