Daily Photo – Queen of Mountains

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Queen of Mountains

Ama Dablam, 6812 m. Many call it the “most beautiful mountain in the world”. After gazing at it for days from a variety of angles, I find it hard to disagree. Although the famous pyramidal show-clad peak is visible from Namche Bazaar or even further away, the classic view (shown here) from Tengboche is the one few ever forget. That day the clouds moved in from the south at an incredible speed, quickly reducing visibility to 100 metres at best. Extended periods of thick cloud cover had already been experienced by others in the weeks prior, and many (including myself) thought that the clouds would sit on the Himalaya for at least a few days. Then, about 10 minutes before sunset, the clouds parted as suddenly as they had appeared. You can still see a veil of low clouds in this image. I did capture a few shots of the last sunshine kissing the summit, but in the end preferred this photograph of the alpenglow and the deep purple skies. Ama Dablam, Khumbu, Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal.

f/4, 1/10, ISO 250, 95.0 mm on Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM