Kashmir - shikaras, sacred lotuses, kingfishers, alpine flowers, forests

Shikaras with houseboats on Dal Lake, Srinagar © Chris Chadwell

A comfortable gondola-like shikara en route to view lotuses © Chris Chadwell

 'Sacred Lotus of India' (NELUMBO  NUCIFERA) © Chris Chadwell

Young Lotus Pod surrounded by stamens © Chris Chadwell

Kingfisher by Kashmir Lake © Chris Chadwell

Forested slopes above Gulmarg © Chris Chadwell

'Hooker's Iris' (IRIS HOOKERIANA) © Chris Chadwell

CORYDALIS SP. similar to GOVANIANA © Chris Chadwell

 'Kashmir Creeping Primula' (PRIMULA REPTANS) © Chris Chadwell

 Peeling bark of 'Himalayan Birch' (BETULA UTILIS var. JACQUEMONTIANA) © Chris Chadwell

Birch bark used as kindling, with branches as firewood © Chris Chadwell


Kashmiri owner of track-side 'Dhaba' © Chris Chadwell


 Un-spoilt meadow near border with Pakistan © Chris Chadwell - STRANGELY ENOUGH, A CULTIVATED FORM OF THIS PLANT, BISTORTA AFFINIS IS GROWNAS A LANDSCAPING PLANT OUTSIDE A ROYAL MAIL SORTING OFFICE NEAR WHERE CHRIS LIVES IN THE UK.

 Swertia petiolata - a curious member of Gentian family © Chris Chadwell

Exquisite CODONOPSIS OVATA  © Chris Chadwell

Proud auto-rickshaw driver attired in a new set of clothes to celebrate EID © Chris Chadwell

© Chris Chadwell

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