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Exactly one year ago I did my first post in TE. I don't feel much inspired tonight to write something that can describe minimally what TE has been for me. TE quickly became an addiction, but certainly a very rewarding one. There are lots of websites out there where we can show our photos, view and critique photos of others; in many of them, our photos may even even get more viewers; in others, the average quality is higher; but as far as I know, no other online community is so successful in the genuine friendship bonds that are created and maintained and give us a special stimulation to keep improving your photos.

I am tempted to enumerate one by one every one of you that I consider true friends, but that would be either unfair to those I would forget, or tedious, because it is a difficult task to choose which ones "deserved" to be mentioned. I thank all of you that have been helping me much with your critiques and, perhaps even more important, have given me the pleasure of your "company" for so many hours. Although I have met only one in person (and he lives so far away from my home...), I feel I have spent more time with many of you than I have done with many of my closer "non online" friends.

I have never been good in choosing the things "I like best" or "I consider the best", so I decided to post this one that was shot shortly after my very first TE post. I'll also transcript the note of that post.

"The scanning doesn't do justice to this photo. Neither do the printed 30x40 version I have on the wall at home. I guess that the latitude of colours and tones is just too much.

The place is absolutely magical, as you can see in TE Jarkhot gallery. Shame on me, there you can also see that mine is the worst picture there and that the place is really something.

Jarkhot is on the famous Annapurna circuit trek, on the way from Jomsom to Muktinath, the later being an important hindu and buddhist pilgrimage site and the first village West of the famous Thorong La pass.

It's a charming little village at perhaps more than 3000 meters high, with a nice gompa (Tibetan Buddhist monastery) perched on edge of a cliff - you can see its profile approximately on the middle of the image, in the angle of the dark area."


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Update 31-Mar-2008:

Link to all my posts of this area: *.

Location (latitude, longitude): 28.8179, 83.85

Note on the location in TE: according to Wikipedia, all this region, from Jomsom to Lo Manthang and Muktinath is part of Dhawalagiri district [te]. I put my posts in the Gandaki district following the others, as almost no one posts their photos of the region in the supposedly right place.

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