Massive snow cloud arising from a serious avalanche on the eastern flanks of Annapurna South, Nepal. (My eldest son, Josh, is the person closest to camera.) Annapurna is one of the most avalanche-ridden peaks in the Himalayas, and avalanches have taken the lives of many mountaineers, including the Russian climber Anatolie Boukriev (made famous — or infamous, depending on your point of view — by Jon Krakauer’s “Into Thin Air”). The statistics on mountaineering fatalities suggest that Annapurna is an even more dangerous mountain than K2. (Everest is comparatively benign.) Anway, as you can see, I was a long way away and in no danger — though it was an awesome sight and the thunderous noise was amazing; it felt like the whole planet was vibrating!

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  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenover 2 years ago

    WOW!!! Harry, wow what a exceptional capture!!!!!! :)))

  • thanks Eaine — right time, right place, and camera at the ready!

    – Harry Oldmeadow

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    What an experience and sight. Fabulous capture Harry

  • cheers kala

    – Harry Oldmeadow

  • JanT
    JanTover 2 years ago

    What a gorgeous shot! I’ve not seen one, but have hear the thunder and this shot gives me chills. Ma nature is mighty powerful. (fav)

  • thanks Jan. Must be terrifying to be up close to one of these!

    – Harry Oldmeadow

  • Ersu Yuceturk
    Ersu Yuceturkover 2 years ago

    no danger yet.. seeing that might have been a great reason to turn around, not sure I would keep walking into it, great photo

  • thanks for taking a look Ersu

    – Harry Oldmeadow

  • stickelsimages
    stickelsimagesover 2 years ago

    And a wonderful shot it makes too Harry…
    the light on the snow cloud really makes this shot special.
    A fav from me
    Cheers mate

  • thanks Lee _ it was a beautiful evening and the light was lovely. (thanks for the fav — always appreciated)

    – Harry Oldmeadow

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    awesome sight – and awesome pic !

  • thanks for coming by dean

    – Harry Oldmeadow

  • Tula Top
    Tula Topover 2 years ago

    Wow! Nothing short of awe-inspiring!

  • you’re very kind TT

    – Harry Oldmeadow

  • Helen Vercoe
    Helen Vercoeover 2 years ago

    Simply stunning!

  • many thanks Helen

    – Harry Oldmeadow

  • JamesA1
    JamesA1over 2 years ago

    wow…pretty amazing…nicely captured! Great moment and even better memory now that it’s frozen in time :)

  • many thanks James – appreciate it

    – Harry Oldmeadow

  • Meg Hart
    Meg Hartover 2 years ago

    Wow – giant cotton balls!!….Splendid shot of this awesome sight Harry!! I give it
    an F for fave.

  • a capital T for Thanks Meg!

    – Harry Oldmeadow

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