My boots sank into the wet sand as I walked along this tiny strip of land, separating pangong lank and a marshy pond. I spent hours attemting to take a panorama of the complete arc of the milky way, being awed by brilliant displays of orange and green air glow. Finally, as the sky began to lighten with the oncoming moonrise, I pointed my camera towards South. All those snow capped peaks in the distance are beyond the Indian border, within the people's republic of China.
The green glow above those peaks are caused by airglow, a phenomenon where oxygen and nitrogen atoms and molecules combine in the high atmosphere to release photons. It is usually only seen in locations with brilliantly dark skies. The orange clouds are lit by the first rays of the rising moon, yet behind the Eastern hills.
Can you see the tiny white building? It is the solar telescope at Merak, operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics.
This image was shot with old canon film lens adapted to my Sony a7s. Canon fd 50mm f/1.4 at f/3.2. It is a panorama of two horizontal frames, each of which is a stack of 10X8s images at ISO 6400.