Desolate Snow Haiku

boot crunch
‘a cloudless night,’
he concluded

 

old coat of snow
nary a track in sight
beauty abandoned

 

snow blind
trudging and slogging
pure torture

 

crust of snow
over dry powder
bone cold

 

drifting flakes
add a wedge wall
to a farmhouse

DAILY PHOTO: Snow Pockets

Taken on June 10, 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park

Taken on June 10, 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park

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Most of the snow that we saw during our trek last month was well above us, but we did have one day in which we had to cross through pockets of snow many times as we rounded a mountain at about 4,000 meters.

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DAILY PHOTO: The Snowy Side of the Mountain

Taken June 10, 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP).

Taken June 10, 2015 in Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP)

The beauty of mountains is that they show so many faces in such little space. We were on a sunny mountainside topped with tufts of dry grass. Then we crossed over a saddle-point on a ridgeline, and this was the new view.

Winter in Budapest

I took these five years ago… how time flies. But, tis the season.

City Ice Rink next to the Vajdahunyad Castle

City Ice Rink next to the Vajdahunyad Castle

This has been one of the most popular pics on my photoblog as of late.

The Neo-Gothic Parliament building from Normafa.

The Neo-Gothic Parliament building as seen from Normafa.

Normafa overlooks Budapest from atop of the hill. On this day the hilltop was dusted while there was not a trace of snow in Budapest.

Normafa near the tower

Normafa near the tower

The aforementioned dusting of snow written over by long shadows of winter.

A cross in the woods

A cross in the woods

A solitary cross and headstone next to the trail.

Winter markets

Winter markets

It wouldn’t be Budapest in winter without a shot of one of the markets. When it’s blustery and gray outside, the warm scent of roasting nuts or baked goods  bring a smile to the face.

The big winter market at Vörösmarty Square.

The big winter market at
Vörösmarty Square.