Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Shadow Of The Karakoram

Over the summer I have placed quite a few of a series called Ottawa Welcomes The World over at my writer blog, since I was so busy here. If you've missed them, here are the links for those events I photographed: IrelandRwanda and TaiwanEgyptUruguayMacedoniaJamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, and Indonesia. Now it's time to post the rest of it here as they come along through the fall. The series is part of the Canada 150 celebrations, with the city of Ottawa working with embassies to present their countries for a day or more in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne Park. Today we're having a look at Pakistan.

A number of photographs were on display as I came in, showing the landscape of the country.

That landscape includes this- K2, the second highest mountain in the world, and the deadliest. The mountain is part of the Karakoram range, and resides partially in Pakistan.

This large banner, which people were standing before for pictures, depicts Kachura Lake.

There were crafts and clothing on display while I was visiting- this set of traditional clothing caught my eye. As did the marble crafts and the rugs.


  1. When I think of Pakistan, I think of a large, dark, dirty and violent place without color or anything else of worth. These photos prove my "thinking" wrong, so I appreciate that. I think the program of which this is a part is superb and worthy of emulation.

  2. The country has some beautiful landscapes, in addition to some pretty amazing vehicles.

  3. It's always interesting to learn about other cultures.

  4. Interesting post about another country.

  5. Beautiful photographs of Pakistan. I like the beautiful crafts too.

  6. Those mountains are imposing. I'd love to see them in person!


  7. Hi William, K2 looks ominous. In contrast, Lake Kachura is so tranquil. Oh those rugs... beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day. Jo

  8. ...this is a big and colorful world that we live in.

  9. Hello, I love the beautiful landscape. Lovely artwork. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

  10. @Lowell: there is something of a reputation, more because of events in the country, but something like this brings out its best side.

    @Kay: those mountains are calling out to me.

    @Marleen: it certainly is.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Marianne: thank you.

    @Nancy: it's quite different from what I am used to.

    @Janis: so would I.

    @Jo: I would love to see K2 someday.

    @Tom: it certainly is.

    @Eileen: thank you!

  11. It's interesting to get a look at Pakistan. It's not a tourist destination.

  12. This display certainly shows its bright, colourful crafts and parts of its landscape!

  13. An interesting display. I had never heard of that mountain before.

  14. @Red: it's not, but something like this opens your eyes.

    @Christine: it does indeed!

    @Sharon: I agree!

    @Lois: it's quite a mountain. K2 is considered a more difficult climb technically speaking than Everest, which makes it deadlier. It has a ratio of one of four people dying for every summit ascent.

    @Revrunner: yes, but a beautiful one.

    @RedPat: they were stunning.

  15. It's hard to think of Pakistan as beautiful but it is. We only hear the negative about that part of the world but it is beautiful as the photos show.

  16. gorgeous mtns and those hand made items are just lovely. love all the colors. ( ;

  17. William, you must be busy all the time! You photo and educate us about so many different events, memorials and natural wonders

  18. What beautiful mountain ranges! Love the rugs you have shown as well.

  19. I would love to visit Pakistan, but it seems way too dangerous right now. The tourist poster makes me wonder how much tourism they do get.

  20. Such a beautiful series of Pakistan!

  21. So many beautiful things about Pakistan. Sad that it's being ravaged as it is.

  22. Were the crafts for sale William, I have a weakness for beautiful rugs 😊

  23. How wonderful to see these! Thank you.

  24. Wonderful landscapes. Clothes and carpets are very pretty too. Good shots.

  25. @Bill: too often we only get the negative.

    @Beth: thank you!

    @Kate: it has been an exceedingly busy summer.

    @Cloudia: they're quite richly patterned.

    @Mari: indeed.

    @Wendy: thanks.

    @ODP: perhaps more than one realizes.

    @Linda: I enjoyed this event.

    @Norma: I agree.

    @Grace: yes, a good deal of these events have included merchants.

    @Jennifer: you're welcome.

    @Klara: thanks!