The magic of leopard encounter, South Africa, 2018
"While the lion impresses the human observer through its size and strength and the cheetah thrills us with its speed and grace, the leopard is a sublime mixture of power and suppleness, so beautiful yet so mysterious that it is hard to describe the effect it has on visitors". J.Scott
Sharing with you a last shot of my portfolio of Ladakh that made me finalist of the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year 2017 competition.
I was walking down the valley when I finally saw Diskit monastery on the mountain.
Its white buildings were standing at the edge of a crevasse, and I realized that I would benefit from the sunset light if I climbed on the other side of the rift.
I began the ascent, slowly, but the sun was vanishing faster than I could climb the mountain. So I dropped my bags and started running.
I ultimately reached the summit and had enough time to take some pictures.
A few seconds later, I felt so dizzy I had to lie down on the rocks. The altitude was teaching my body to stay humble when meeting the gods of the mountain.
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For me travel means walking: no timetable, no train or bus to catch. An absolute feeling of being the master of my own time.
During my trip through the Indian side of Himalaya, I stopped by the isolated monastery of Phuktal.
There, I would share the daily life of the monks.
What I first thought would be a mere landmark of my trip actually became one of its highlights, and I extended my stay in the monastery by a few days.
Everyday I would share meals with the young novices, on the terrasse overlooking the valley.
I’ll never forget the smiles and laughs of the kids asking me for a few words in French.
Just like in 2016, one of my best achievements in 2017 was to be finalist of the prestigious Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), in both categories “Single Shot” and “Portfolio”.
For the Portfolio, I entered a serie from my trip through Himalaya. Probably my best trip ever!
To start the new year, I’ll share with you several photos of that portfolio.
To wish my followers a great year 2018, let’s start with those prayer flags that local people and climbers leave on top of summits, for the wind to carry their prayers through the mountains and valleys.
Nothing compares to climbing a mountain, sitting at the summit and enjoying the view.
The ascent is a travel on its own, a way to explore our own inside life.
The effort of the walk multiplied the feeling and the senses, to some extend that the wanderer can hear in the wind the prays of those who climbed the summit before him.
May your wishes come true in 2018!