Just as a parent might reluctantly admit to having a favorite child, every creator has a favorite creation.
This happy photographic art print, entitled Leh Indus River, literally glows with the brilliant morning light that is amplified by its reflection off the surface of the calmly flowing river. The tranquil waters of the Indus mirror the cleft between the hillsides, and capture a glimpse of the Himalayas in the distance, where the river originates. Traditionally considered as the actual source of the famed Indus is the Senge Khabab or “Lion’s Mouth,” a perennial spring located not far from sacred Mount Kailash in Tibet. The spring is marked by a long, low line of Tibetan chortens, or monuments to esteemed Buddhist holy men, predominately lamas.
Leh Indus River Print
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Leh is a city in the district of that same name, in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (often referred to by the acronym, J & K). In times past, Leh was the summer capital and warm-weather home tothe reigning royal family of the once-independent Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh. Leh is presently the year-round capital of the Ladakh region, an area known for its great beauty, and Tibetan culture.
The Indus River streams and cascades through the mountains and between hillsides as it threads the massive and sparsely inhabited wilderness that is the Ladakh and Indus Valley region, an area known as “the lap of the Himalayas.” The river then enters and crosses Pakistan to meet the waters of the Arabian Sea (the Sea of Oman), in the northern Indian Ocean near Karachi, thousands of kilometers away.
The seasons determine the flow and swiftness of the Indus, which diminishes considerably when frozen, but then churns, tumbles, and overflows its banks during monsoon season. River rafting is an important seasonal activity that draws tourists to Leh. Trout fishing is another bounteous sport that attracts both serious anglers and casual fishermen.
The drive along the Indus River in the Ladakh follows an ancient caravan route. The Indus Valley is considered the very spirit of Ladakh. It adds great beauty to the region and shares borders with not only Pakistan, but also China, Afghanistan and India. Unfortunately, the year 2010 saw Leh heavily damaged by sudden flooding, caused by a violent and prolonged cloudburst.
The scene portrayed in this ‘must-have’ photo art print is enthralling, and the glorious morning light makes this picture an absolutely stunning addition to your home or office. Leh is at an altitude of 3,524 meters (11,562 ft), and the Indus River system at Leh is fed by melting snows and glaciers of the Himalayan, Karakoram, and Hindu Kush mountain ranges in Tibet and along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
The mountain chains in this region were formed by the folding of the Indian Plate into the more stationary Eurasian Plate, over 45 million years ago.
The stark beauty of the countryside around Leh impacted Kyle Larson greatly when he camped there, and the tranquility and balance of this breath-taking moment has endured since his camera captured this magnificent image.
Towering mountains, brilliantly hued monasteries carved from rock, striking canyons etched into the landscape by the Indus River over centuries of passage, and the chilly winds, freezing cold waters, clear air, and star-studded night skies make rafting and camping in the Ladakh at Leh an experience one does not soon forget.
Is it any wonder that, of the hundreds of exceptional photographic prints produced by Kyle Larson and his studio, this canvas art print of the Leh Indus River is Kyle’s very favorite?
Nature soothes – Nature heals – Nature restores. When Nature combines with art photography, the connection is strong and impactful. While inviting to the eye, this image also touches the soul.Own it.