The Nomadic Herder of Mongolia
I’ve been visiting Mongolia since 2004 and had literally taken hundreds of pictures of this exotic land of Genghis Khan. From the cold, crowded streets of the capital city of Ulan Bator, the dunes of the Gobi Desert, the land of horse-eating Kazakh tribes of Bayan Olgii, and the vast lakes of Uvs and Khuvsgul provinces — each trip was always an unforgettable adventure, each photo taken always worth a thousand words.
I was fortunate to have visited a herder camp in the Central Aimag (province) during my last visit in 2009. I was busy with my work in Ulan Bator during most of my 2-month visit but a good friend and I were able to squeeze in a short drive to the steppes one weekend to visit another old friend who lived among nomadic herders.
The vastness of the Mongolian steppes is almost indescribable and the absence of both natural or man-made landmarks makes finding a herder camp in these infinitely wide open spaces literally comparable to finding a needle in a haystack. We had a small problem when we lost track of our guide car but fortunately it was in an area where the mobile phone had a signal and our guide eventually found us again after several exchange of calls. My momentary anxiety, however, was immediately rewarded with fantastic photo ops including the one in my blog header above (see my page “Equestrian Moon“).
I chose to start off my Mongolia series with the photos of this nomadic herder who, after doing one of the chores for the day which was to catch a goat from the herd for the family’s food; posed and showed his moves for my camera atop his Mongolian horse without so much of a communication with me other than a faint smile on his pinkish, wind-swept face.
Author’s Note: I chose to start 2012 with this post which is the first of a series of photo essays about Mongolia. I will be focusing the series on some interesting topics about this exotic land using photos taken during the several visits I made since 2004. I hope you’ll have fun and share the experience with me. Happy new year! 🙂
- Mongolia – country profile (rombizco.wordpress.com)
- How -50C freeze devastated nomads’ way of life (guardian.co.uk)
- Mongolia Monday- Jalman Meadows And Back To Ulaanbaatar (foxstudio.wordpress.com)
- Mongolia – how to cook a meal in the steppe (themanfrommoselriver.wordpress.com)