Sumdho on Ladakh’s Changtang Plateau

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High on Ladakh’s Changtang plateau are Tibetan refugee settlements in which Tibetan nomadic herdsman live. The Changtang plateau extends from Tibet into the northwestern region of India and rests at altitudes from 14,500 to 19,000 feet. It is a land of high desert and beautifully scenic lakes. A harsh land with short summers and long, arctic-like winters, the Tibetan refugees have been able to make a living, mostly by raising sheep and goats. This week we’ll take a look at one settlement called Sumdho.

Ideally, photography is about light. In this case I shot in this village only at dusk, night, and dawn, and had none of the epic light that you’d want. I considered scrapping this post all together, but I thought it still had merit. Sometimes when you’re traveling you’re only in a place for dusk and dawn and the skies are not epic, so here’s a post…

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