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Wordy Wednesday: when one’s dumped on a misty hill

It’s monsoon season in Asia. For days we have been hearing of severe flooding in countries bordering the Bay of Bengal, particularly in Myanmar and Bangladesh. Nepal too has been affected, but not to the same extent. I have, however, heard that there have been more landslides in the past three months than in the previous five years – caused first by the earthquakes in April/May and now by the monsoon rains.

Our flights have been affected too, with several cancelled, and others diverted. I was on one flight to a small village on a hilltop north of Kathmandu, when we were forced to land on the side of a hill, driven there by thick, choking clouds.

The locals gathered to watch us as we descended on their pastoral world. And then they descended from the hills to gather around the chopper to observe, and talk, and question, and just be at the event of the year. After all, it’s not every day a helicopter comes calling at this community of buffalo, cow and yak farmers.

Our clients, an NGO providing aid to earthquake-affected communities, were able to get enough information from the people about the community we hadn’t been able to get to, for the trip not to be completely wasted. We tried to leave after a few minutes but the fog had moved up the valley, completely blocking our route out. And so we waited. And talked and questioned and drank salty tea from beat-up tin bowls. And I shot oodles of photos.

Eventually we saw a gap in the clouds and took it quickly. At lower altitudes the visibility improved markedly and we were able to drink in the amazing views …

Here they are then: photos of the people from the spot with no name on a nondescript hill north of Kathmandu (and one or two more for free).

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5 comments on “Wordy Wednesday: when one’s dumped on a misty hill

  1. Kathy Turner
    August 5, 2015

    Amazing photos!

  2. baliinfoblog
    August 5, 2015

    beautiful photographs

  3. Dancing Echoes
    August 5, 2015

    Spectacular photos!

  4. There_Lot
    August 5, 2015

    “When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice” Robert Frank. These are those kinds of photos.

  5. Geraldine
    August 5, 2015

    Wow. Stunning and fascinating!

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