homeless

A homeless woman who earns her living by collecting plastic bottles and cans is sleeping safely and confortably here, just about 150 meters away from Government House and 100 meters from National History Museum in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She is self-employed like this collecting plastic bottles.  She is the most likely homeless. She lives moving around like a nomad. There are many homeless people in this country. It's a fact that during socialist time that ended in 1990, almost none was homeless like her. It was not allowed to be unemployed or  either homeless that time. Photo taken by Bolod.

drinks

Wow!!! Much better than Coca Cola!!! The juice they are drinking seems to be much tastier for them than expensive foreign juices sold in shops in a village where the older boy certainly has to go to by September for study. But it's still many days to do it although it's important not to forget too much of those have been learnt in classes while having a lot of fun like this on daily basis during the 3-months school holiday. As usual, I'm thinking of returning the photo to these kids when I go again in the area. 03.8.2012. Photo taken by me, Bolod.

sand dunes

Small sand dunes. Photo taken by me, Bolod.

bag with babies

12.4.2015. The horseman is carrying a blue bag with him in order to pick up new- born baby goats and sheeps in pasture and bring them to his camp. Otherwise new born baby animals may not survive in cold and freezing wind. March-April is animal birth season in Mongolia. It's the buziest time in calendar of Mongolian herders. Photo taken by me, Bolod.

man stones

Ancient stone monuments called "Hun chuluu"\"man stones" hun=man, person chuluu=stone in Mongolian\. You can clearly see a face of man carved in one of the stones.  A white ger\felt tent\ of a nomad family is seen nearby behind. These "men" are found standing here, to east from Murun village in eastern Hentii  Province since Bronge Age. Photo taken by me, Bolod. 

Baby gazzelle

This baby gazelle which lost his mother was found in the snow-covered steppe last winter. The poor baby could not even walk in deep snow and was left behind by his mother and herd. When the gazelle is grown up, one day he will the most probably join the fellow gazelle herd. Who knows, he might even see his mother again. Mongolian gazelles totalled 5 mln. in 1970,  were 3mln. in 2010.

Photo taken by me, Bolod

routine moments

Routine moments caught in my camera. Photo taken by me, Bolod.

camels in winter

Camels look best beautiful in winter. In summer, the animals are almost naked, with no hairs and humps go falling unless they drink enough water. Owner of these camels says he owns 700 camels. Photo taken by me, Bolod.

upper orkhon valley

Upper Orkhon Valley. Every stone is a piece of volcanic lava. Do you notice it in the nearest rock? Land of yaks starts here. You see Orkhon River down in the valley which takes its sources from Hangai Mountains and  flows to Siberia in Russia. The valley is rich in ancient graveyards. Photo taken by me, Bolod.

tent

Camping in eastern Mongolia. These two cute and little dogs are of our tonight's neigboors-a nomad family. The tent of my travellers is seen above the dog. By the way, I had a little dog like these here and named it as Burged\"Eagle"\ when I was a school boy. The dog lived a long life that at end he got very old and could not see well . Photo taken by me, Bolod.

northern hentii

In Batshireet County of Northern Hentii. Steppe and foresr fires were ravaging last spring in eastern Mongolia-Hentii, Dornod and Sukhbaatar provinces. In dry seasons-spring and autumn, wildfires in these provinces with high and dense grasses and forests are the annual headache for Mongolia. Photo taken by me, Bolod.

caravan

Photo circa 1938-1939. Till 1960s, camel was the main transport animal in Mongolia. Now pick-up trucks completely made Mongolian centuries- old caravan animals unemployed in most regions of the country. When I watch this photo, I recall my grand-father who got broken his leg while he was labouring in a caravan. They were in two in that caravan with many heavily loaded carts pulled by camels. Lifting hands of heavy loaded cart caused my grandfather the severe injury. My grand-mother recalled that he hardly came home alive. Sad story.

I'm also sorry for camels of today. A few nomads use their camels for moving or bringing water. Photo by Lomunov Alexsandr Nikolaevich.

cheese making

Making cheese in a Mongolian herder's camp. A rock has been put on in order press out liquid. They could even put a tire of cart on. Photo by me, Bolod. 

horkhog

Wow, delicious!!! It's almost smelling from my computer. Horkhog or barbeque is ready in a Mongolian herder's ger tent: hot stones are being taken out by one by one, potatoes also, then pieces of goat meat...It smells delicious! Let's have a dinner! I can't wait. \Solar battery gives a good light in herder' tent \ Photo taken by me, Bolod.

ancient monuments

Ancient monuments in Tuul River Valley, Central Mongolia. Photo taken by me, Bolod.