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Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
Airport in Pokhara, Nepal
A small airport in Pokhara, Nepal during monsoon season. The surrounding landscape is a combination of mountainous forests and cleared farmlands.
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Annapurna mountain peak
Annapurna mountain peak
Snow-clad Annapurna peak jutting out from the clouds. Annapurna is a series of peaks in the Himalayas.
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Annapurna peaks
Annapurna peaks
One of the Annapurna peaks seen from Poon Hill. Annapurṇā is a Sanskrit name which literally means "full of food," but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is a goddess of fertility and agriculture and an incarnation...
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Arrows turn into serpents
In The Ramayana, page 5.8
A flying demon, visible in the upper left corner, shoots arrows that become serpents as they fall. The arrows become wavy as they rain down upon Rama's army. The demon moves actively in a cloud-filled sunset sky painted over a dramatic mountain and landscape...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Bank of the Kali Gandaki River
Bank of the Kali Gandaki River
Trails snake through the flood plains of the Kali Gandaki River in western Nepal. The Kali Gandaki is one of the major rivers of Nepal originating in the northern Himalayas and flowing down south through mountain gorges before landing in the plains and joining...
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Barge carries Rama's allies across river (Thai Ramayana mural)
Barge carries Rama's allies across river (Thai Ramayana mural)
A simple barge carries Rama's allies across a river on the way home after they have defeated the demon king Ravana. The barge in the middle of the river, and both river shores, are covered with people accompanying Rama and Sita home to their rightful kingdom...
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Blue and pink sunset clouds are reflected in wet-rice field at sunset
Blue and pink sunset clouds are reflected in wet-rice field at sunset
Blue and pink sunset clouds and silhouettes of trees are reflected in a wet-rice field at sunset.
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Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
This is a fantastic view of the Bryce Canyon National Park landforms and the surrounding topography. White, tan, terracotta, pink, and gray are some of the colors that can be seen in the fins and arches of the canyon.
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Buffalo on a river bank in Annapurna
Buffalo on a river bank in Annapurna
A buffalo rests on a river bank beneath Himalayan peaks in the Annapurna region of western Nepal. Buffalo provide milk and meat, and are used for plowing farmland. On the far side of the river we can see the terraced fields that are often found in the mountain...
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Cascading rice-fields over Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Cascading rice-fields over Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Cascading rice terraces in a mountain valley near Phewa Lake, Pokhara in western Nepal. These terraces are an important feature of mountain agriculture in Nepal. They are carved into rice fields over generations.
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Clouds loom over the mountain rim of Lake Batur
Clouds loom over the mountain rim of Lake Batur
This view from an elevated promontory shows much of the elevated rim of Lake Batur on a cloudy day. Lake Batur is one of several volcanic lakes that present spectacular views in the central interior of Bali. Often the active volcanoes emit steam which merges...
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Coconut palms reflected in wet-rice fields
Coconut palms reflected in wet-rice fields
Young coconut palm trees grow along the margins of wet-rice fields. Their reflections are visible in the water of the flooded fields in which young green rice seedlings grow. The water in the rectangular fields appears aqua blue, reflecting Bali's tropical...
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Corn storage
Corn storage
On the trail between Ghorepaani and Taatopaani, Nepal, three houses stand on a mountain — two above the trekking trail and one below it. A raised corn storage platform can be seen to the right side of the uppermost house. The corn storage is a traditional...
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Demon giant blocks river water with his body (Thai Ramayana mural)
Demon giant blocks river water with his body (Thai Ramayana mural)
A demon giant, seen lying beyond Rama's pavillions, blocks the river's water with his body. The fanged demon lies on his side on the ground while holding his huge sword in his right hand. Rama's group is visible in the foreground as they wait in a Siamese-style...
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A demon giant blocks the way
In The Ramayana, page 5.5
A demon giant, seen lying beyond Rama's pavilions, blocks the river's water with his body. The fanged demon lies on his side on the ground while holding his huge sword in his right hand. Rama's group is visible in the foreground as they wait in a Siamese-style...
By Lorraine Aragon.
Detail of commoner family with three children (Thai Ramayana mural)
Detail of commoner family with three children (Thai Ramayana mural)
This detail of a commoner family shown in a Ramayana mural at the Emerald Buddha Temple depicts parents with three children. The mother and oldest child each carry small naked children. The mother holds a crying baby in her arms, while the oldest child carries...
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Detail of men and boy leading two buffaloes (Thai Ramayana mural)
Detail of men and boy leading two buffaloes (Thai Ramayana mural)
This detail of a Ramayana mural painting at the Emerald Buddha Temple shows two men and a boy traveling with two water buffaloes. The two men lead their buffaloes past each other in opposite directions. A boy carrying a herding stick sits on top of the buffalo...
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Dhaulagiri and Manapathi mountain peaks
Dhaulagiri and Manapathi mountain peaks
The Dhaulagiri and Manapathi peaks of the Himalayas foregrounded by mixed forests and small patch of corn. Rising to heights of over 8000 meters above sea level, these are among the highest mountain peaks on earth.
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Dhaulagiri mountain
Dhaulagiri mountain
At 8167 meters tall, Dhaulagiri is the seventh-highest mountain in the world. It forms the eastern anchor of the Dhaulagiri Himal, a subrange of the Himalaya in the Dhawalagiri Zone of north central Nepal. It is also one of the "eight-thousanders" —...
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Dhaulagiri Mountain seen from Ghorepani, Nepal
Dhaulagiri Mountain seen from Ghorepani, Nepal
At 8167 meters Dhaulagiri is the seventh highest mountain in the world. Its name means "white mountain." It forms the eastern anchor of the Dhaulagiri Himal, a subrange of the Himalaya in the Dhawalagiri Zone of north central Nepal. It lies northwest of Pokhara,...
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