November Wallpaper: Drepung Monastery

A November wallpaper of one of Lhasa's main monasteries

(Download the November Wallpaper here – Right click, Save as)

Put your pitchforks and torches away, because here it is – November’s Wallpaper

This months calendar is a quick image of a few of the stupas at Drepung monastery outside of Lhasa.  It’s a fantastic location and one of our stops on our annual Lhasa, Everest, Nepal workshop.  In fact, it’s the image I used on our 2012 announcement.

Just to give you a context for some of the terms like stupa and Drepung, here are their wikipedia entries.

Drepung Monastery – (literally “Rice Heap” monastery[2][3]), located at the foot of Mount Gephel, is one of the “great three” Gelukpa university monasteries of Tibet. The other two are Ganden and Sera.
Drepung is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries and is located on the Gambo Utse mountain, five kilometers from the western suburb of Lhasa. (read more here)

A stupa (from Sanskrit: m.,stūpa, literally meaning “heap”) is a mound-like structure containing Buddhist relics, typically the remains of Buddha, used by Buddhists as a place of worship.
After “stupa”, “chorten” is the most commonly encountered English term. The term “reliquary” is sometimes used, after a Roman Catholic functional equivalent. (read more here)


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An October wallpaper dedicated to the tallest mountain in the world

(Right Click to download the October wallpaper here)

I’m on the road for the next two weeks, so I’m posting October’s wallpaper while I still have a decent internet connection albeit a day earlier.

Last year we had a great time our or Lhasa, Everest, Nepal Overland tour.  I’ve been holding back this background for a few months now.  I love this image for a lot of reasons, but mostly because of the perspective it gives you of the valley leading up to Everest which brings back memories of what it’s like to experience Everest for the first time and how amazing it is to be able to drive up to it’s base.

Hope you enjoy!

You can check out last years workshop to Everest in the following links:

Days 1 – The art of observation
Days 2 – Postcard from the endless alleyways of Lhasa
Day 3 – Monk Debates at Sera Monastery
Days 4 & 5 – On the Friendship Highway
Days 6 – 9 – Lhasa, Everest, Nepal
Mount Everest
Faces of Nepal

Our sign up for 2011’s Lhasa, Everest, Nepal Workshop & Tour is here.


Lessons Learned: Tracking Progress

Ward off frustration, see where you really are, plan improvement

Seeing improvement in our photography can and should be very satisfying .  Not seeing progress we want to see can be extremely frustrating and paralyzing.  One thing for sure is that it’s often hard to know where we really are as creatives – what areas we have improved in, what areas we need to work on, and how to move forward.  Tracking progress can be vague and difficult at best of times.

So how do we track progress and improvement – and what’s the value of getting our bearings straight?.

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