Description There are only 14 mountains higher than 8000m. And more than a hundred higher than 7000m. Sometimes the beauty of mountains lies not in the height, but in more aesthetic qualities. Ama Dablam is 'only' 6848m (22467ft) high, but everybody who has seen her, either with their own eyes or indirectly, agrees that this is one of nature's best works of art.When doing the trekking through the Khumbu Valley towards Everest, you will meet her; every day you will get closer to her majestic flanks until you decide to leave her while going to Everest BC.'Ama' is the Sherpa word for mother, grandmother or even world. 'Dablam' is the charmbox, the pendant worn by elder Sherpa women that holds precious items. The mountain has a hanging glacier that resembles a dablam and the two extending ridges are outstreched like a maternal embrace.'(See Ama's page on Summitpost.) Many mountains are holy in Tibet and Nepal and are considered to house many spirits. Before high Himalayan giants are approached for a climb, special ceremonies, called 'Puja's' are being held to please the good gods and to confuse the evil spirits in order to return safely..
Harry Kikstra, Earth Member Since February 2007 Artist StatementWho am I?
Harry Kikstra, a climber/expedition leader/ photographer/ filmmaker/ producer/ writer/ public speaker/ cyclist and many other things that have to do with sharing the beauty of the outdoors. I have climbed the 7 continental highpoints and have travelled a lot and will not stop soon, though normally I am based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Contact me if you want other images or galleries from ExposedPlanet and I will add them.
I, Harry Kikstra, have started ExposedPlanet.comnot only as a way to show my portfolio, but also to share the beauty of our planet. Nowadays negative press & media might make people scared of everything foreign or different: culture, religion, people and the places themselves. This xenophobia is taking over our lives and prevents us from seeing the real world as it is: a wonderful place with beautiful people. There are no bad or evil countries, religions or people. There is bad and good people in every culture, including your own.
I hope I can share a bit of the amazement I have enjoyed while travelling the 7 continents. The more I see, the more I know I still have to see and I will. Life is too short to focus on not-existing enemies & fears.
The posters here all have small borders, with the name of the image and "ExposedPlanet" on them. If needed, they can be cut off or covered with a mat, if you just want to look at the subject only. If needed, I can upload a 'clean' version, just ask. Also please let me know if you are looking for a specific image or subject, as there are many more where these came from and I might be able to help you out, see also my website for a few hundred examples.
These images will also show more of the culture and other nature that is to be found on our 7 continents. I hope that it will sparkle your imagination, make you curious or even just educate you a bit, being maybe the 3 most important aspects of society in my view. A picture can say more than a 1000 wars and can maybe help understand the world around us. It's a small place, so maybe we can make the best of it together..