See You Soon

This is our entry in nancy merrill photography’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Endings.

In the fall of 2014, we visited Shimla in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, hoping to see the Himalayas without actually climbing them.  Instead, we were merely terrified passengers in the car that climbed to Shimla about 2200 meters above sea level.  (We had traveled from Amritsar to Shimla in one day, with the last three hours of the journey being  85 km of steep zig-zag road, thankfully arriving before pitch black night.)   The hotel for our three nights in Shimla was Wildflower Hall, the former residence of Lord Kitchener, commander-in-chief of the British Army in India (1902-1909).  On our last night there, we found this lovely sendoff on a small table in our room.

This photo was taken on October 28, 2014. Specs are:

Olympus TG-3, ISO 800, f/2.0, 1/25 sec, 4.5 mm




Tuesday Photo Challenge – the Path

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo! Tuesday Photo Challenge – the Path

On 28 October 2014, we were visiting Shimla in northern India. We were staying high in the mountains (8,250 feet above sea level) at Wildflower Hall with views of the Himalayan mountains. We hiked the Wild Strawberry Trail, on the ridge line, a distance of  1.7 kilometers (about a mile) with maximum ascent and descent of 30 degrees.  The gate pictured is the entrance to the trail from the Wildflower Hall property.

Gate from Wildflower Hall to Wild Strawberry Trail

The trail is also used by horse sellers, who join the trail somewhere else.

The estimated walking time is 1 hour, but with multiple stops to take pictures and rest, the trip took a bit longer.  Fans of the BBC series The Jewel in the Crown can imagine that Sarah Layton and her father Colonel Layton were looking at these vistas during their horse ride in the mountains.

The flower  and fruit of the wild Indian strawberry (mock strawberry), for which the trail is named,  are pictured below.