a ger

Can you spot a ger down in this wide valley like steppe?  Photo taken by me, Bolod.

riding a baby sheep

So we have arrived in this previously spotted family. The boy entertains himself during the day by numerious games like the riding a "horse" this fast. The "horse" born only a few days ago, as you can see. There is also seen a baby cow tied to the ger. It's almost an "international kindergarden" here. The little boy is 5 and is one of 3 sons of a herder. The youngest is only 2-month old and the oldest son is 12. Photo taken by me, Bolod N. Mukhadi.

girl in village

A girl is going home after todya's classes at village school.  It's very possible that her parents live in the countryside with their livestock and she stays in the village during school seasons. As most children in countryside, may be she and her brothers or sisters are under care of grand-parents this village called Ulziit of Uvurkhangai Province.  Photo by me, Bolod.

swan lake

Beautiful and peaceful here. Photo taken by me, Bolod.

hedin

Three men disguised as pilgrims on the way to reach Lhasa in Tibet. \left\Shagdur, a Russian Buryat-cossack,  \center\Sven Hedin, a famous Swedish explorer and Shereb, a Mongol lama from Urga\which is now called Ulaanbaatar\.  Disguising as a Mongol and wearing sunglasses,  Sven Hedin tried to became first European to enter in the forbidden for foreigners City" of Lhasa after Huc and Gabet who visited it in 1845. Photo taken in 1901.

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dungs

A Mongol woman collecting argal or dried dungs for fuel. Mongol women collected million tonnes of dried dungs in last centuries for cooking and heating. Looking at this photo, I recall of my grand mother whose sacred duty was collection of dungs too. If I had a magic chance, I would have erected in Ulaanbaatar a big monument of a woman collecting argal like her and my own grand-mother in memory of all mother-herders. Thank you all for your the great sacrifice!!! Photo taken by me, Bolod.

orkhon valley

A good even place for lunch found here, on top of a mountain adjacent to volcanic Orkhon River. A group of Belgium travellers chatting while waiting for lunch comes served. Photo taken by me, Bolod.

rock paintings

Figures of horses depicted thousand years ago by unknown artists are still seen very clear. We visited this wall gallery on Hangiday Rock that shelters a herder's campement to south from Dashinchilen Village of south-western Bulgan Province. In Mongolia rock paintings show various animals like deers, volves, camels, hunting scenes, battles, rituals of shamanism and other episods of human life. Photo taken by me, Bolod.

learning hard

The daughter of nomad family learning this hard in ger\mobile felt home\. Photo taken by me, Bolod

immensity east

Immensities in Eastern Mongolia. The least populated region of least populated country. Having dense and tall grasses Easterrn Mongolia is vulnerable to steppe and forest fires. Fires are frequent in dry seasons from late March till end of April as well as from September till end of October here. This spring 3 eastern provinces Sukhbaatar, Hentii and Dornod have suffered a lot from wildfires. The worst losses have had Sukhbaatar Province. Some gers or felt homes of nomads and many lifestock got burnt in fire. Photo taken by me, Bolod

fuel

Well prepared for winter. The family looks to stay warm in coming winter because they have stored a big wall of dried dungs which is seen behind for fuel. Photo taken by me, Bolod.

we met him

We met him outside his winter camp. He probably came home here from village school on weekend. Photo taken by me, Bolod

soviets

1939. Life of Soviet soldiers stationed in Mongolia in the eve of war with Japan in Halhiin Gol area in far south-eastern Mongolia. Did you notice that white ger had fairly tall roof? Mongol ger used to be this tall that it much fairly water proof. Since we lowered ger since 1940-1950s it needed additionally water proof layers although it was more easy manufacture them in masses...   Photo by Lomunov Alexandr Nikolaevich.

milking c1

Mongolia. Milking a bactrian camel in winter. Camel gives a birth in every two years. This  family from Bayannuur\"rich lake"\ county of the central western Bulgan Aymag\province\ has about 50 camels, makes several dairy products including nice cheese of camel milk and sells them on market. Photo taken by me, Bolod.

mccarthy

Farewell photo. In 2002-2003, I lived in Bay Area, San Francisco. My last workplace was McCarthy Movers. I was a mover with this company. I liked its staff very much and I indeed advise you to take their services for  moving in and around San Francisco: http://www.mccarthymoving.com/  They are nice people and they are reliable movers!!! In case you meet McCarthy Movers please pass my best regards from Mongolia to them!!!