Chemday or Chemrey monastery is a 1664 Buddhist monastery, approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) east of Leh, Ladakh, northern India. It belongs to the Drugpa monastic order and was founded by the Lama Tagsang Raschen and dedicated to King Sengge Namgyal.
The monastery has a notable high Padmasambhava statue. It was founded 365 years ago by Lama Tagsang Raschen with the Dharma Raja Singey Namgial acting as patron.
Noticed the Pashmina Goats grazing in the small patch of green in the otherwise desertic landscape
The pashima goats and their green pasture add life to the arid landscape and the excellent detail of the monastery clinging to the hillside. I like the three layers you present here. Are the goats part of the monastery's income? Does this area get snow in the winter? The note is interesting as always,
plimrn (2011/11/22 10:08:25): I'll look for it. ThanksAngshu (2011/11/22 00:05:13): Thanks Pat!
I don't think the goats are a part of the monastery. They belong to the village nearby.
As for snow...oh yes! This area is deeply buried in snow during winters. I understand that as of now temmperatures have already fallen to sub zero. Its only for 6 months a year that this place (Ladakh) is accessible to general people. - 35 C & very thick snow cover makes normal life very difficult. of course the native people are habituated with this type of climate. Even Army personnel find this terrain very hostile especially during the harsh winters
If you can get hold of a film called 'Samsara', you can see this monastery. the film was shot in & around this place
Beautiful image of the monastery with the goats grazing. I really like how the two foreground layers are in the sunshine whilst the distant mountains are in the shade. Excellent contribution
Kath for TMT
Very nice to see the three layers of your photo. Of course the animals in the foreground are the main subject for the monthly theme, but the whole photo is very nice, showing this beautiful landscape and that interesting monastery on the top. TFS!
So many beautiful things here... I like the three layers distinctly separated. One is apt to think that the goats are the main subject until the attention is brought to that lovely solitary monastery.
When you'll show us pictures of Shangrillā?
Angshu (2011/11/22 04:52:53): Shangrila, Donato?
That magic land, the land which promised so much...that's in China Donato!
Or maybe I did not understand your point?
I like very much your composition with these 3 layers of colours!. In addition it was a good point to have these Pashmina Goats grazing in foreground. It fits very well the theme of the month.
What an amazing scenery for the goats.
The layers in different colors of the background,
then the surprise of the monastery mimicring
the mountain and the lovely animals in the
Itīs just fantastic to see them busy in keeping
their stomaches full (thereīs nothing more basic,
isnīt it?) surrounded by a gorgeous mountain scape.
Excellent contribution to the theme.
TFS and a lovely weekend to you!