Photographer's Note

Tsomoriri or Lake Moriri (official name: Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve), is lake in the Changthang (literally: northern plains) area in Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir. The lake is at an altitude of 4,595 m (15,075 ft); it is the largest of the high altitude lakes in the Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region, entirely within India. Oriented roughly in a north-south direction the lake measures nearly 20 km in length and is about 8 km at its widest. The lake is fed by springs and snow-melt from mountains on the Changthang plateau. Water enters the lake in two major stream systems, one entering the lake from the north, the other from the southwest. Both stream systems create extensive marshes where they enter the lake. It formerly had an outlet to the south, but this has become blocked and the lake has become land locked. As a result, the water is now becoming saline.

The area is characterised by Arctic conditions, wind-swept desert and barren hills. The soil is mostly sandy. The lake shore supports vegetation which largely consists of grasses on the plains away from the lake and reeds and sedges on the lake edges. The lake itself lies in meditative repose, its surface rippling gently in response to the wind. I sat down on the ground and marvelled at the blue of the lake waters - almost magical, shifting constantly in response to the game of hide and seek played by the clouds and the sun. The mountains on the far shore of the lake are of variegated colours, largely browns and mottled green, their stolidity broken by occasional flashes of purple and violet accentuated by the dark sky. The lake is a thin slice of deep blue in the centre of the frame...this was the northern end of Tso Moriri.

The clouds soon burst into snowfall on the peaks while the sun continued to shine in the FG..A spectacle made in heaven...truly!

Off to Kolkaka, my native plave for 10 days...see you after a fortnight. Take care all :-)

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