Kham then and now. A photoblog showing how eastern Tibet looked in the 1920s and how the same places and people look now. Based on the explorations of botanist Joseph Rock.
Thursday, September 05, 2013
Random photo: Yading
I like this picture of Milk Lake (Niunai Hai) taken from the ridge above, as I descended back towards Chonggu monastery on the last day of our kora. I took it with the Rolleiflex 3.5F and with Ektachrome slide film. I was on a bit of a high on this last afternoon, as it was the end of the trek and I thought I was home and hosed and over the worst by this point. The great weather probably helped. However, I was to come crashing back down to earth as I descended to Lurong and found it was taking a LOT longer than I expected. A couple of hours later I was still dragging my feet along, and thoroughly fed up, just wanting for it to be over. Oh how I enjoyed that bowl of instant noodles when I finally made it back to the horse hire hut!
Dr Joseph Rock was an Austrian-born American botanist who explored the Tibetan borderlands of Sichuan and Yunnan ins the 1920s and 30s. This is a blog of my travels to revisit the amazing places he described in the National Geographic magazine.