Mongolia Photograph Journey – July 2022
This excursion had at first been prepared for July 2020, then COVID occurred. I am eternally grateful that individuals hung on to their reservations for two several years and we ended up capable to have an wonderful excursion!
Our concentrate was cultural, while we did have a extremely few wildlife sightings which include a critically endangered saiga antelope that galloped past us in a flash.
We were able to continue to be with and photograph the iconic Kazakh eagle hunters and even crashed a wedding. In the vicinity of Khovd we went to a common pageant identified as a nadaam, with dusty, spirited horse races, and beefy wrestlers who made limited perform of troopers who had been attending. Last but not least, as part of the group break up off to photograph the endangered takhi (Przewalski’s horse) I was capable to meet up with with shamans. In the Soviet era, Shamanism (and Buddhism) were being repressed, but the historical cultural traditions are making a resurgence.
The large steppe and arid mountains of Mongolia are superb. It is awe-inspiring to witness a rainstorm sweeping throughout the land and passing clouds dapple the hillsides. It is definitely a single of the last spots wherever one can really feel so smaller yet invigorated by nature.