Children of the Nomads 1

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Her family has a herd of horses and she was milking a mare when I visited their camp.

September 2012.  I spent 3 days visiting nomadic herders’ camps in the Mongolia‘s northern province of Bulgan.  While I had some serious work to do, of course my camera was always ready to capture images of the countryside.  The scenery in the steppe was stunning but I was equally enchanted by the herders’ families, particularly the children.

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He was assisting his sisters with the horses as they were milking the mares.

With their reddish, bright cheeks gleaming under the autumn sun; I photographed these nomadic herders’ children tending the family’s livestock, doing regular chores in the ger, attending kindergarten classes, or simply playing with their siblings and friends.  Their rosy cheeks — an interesting skin condition gained from extended exposure to the cold winds of the steppe — always provide the most attractive color to their portraits.

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She moved like a true lady master of the horses.

This starts another long series of portraits featuring  Mongolian children in the countryside.  Stay with me as we join them in their daily chores in the vast Mongolian plains.