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|foothill of the altai||Lars F. Menzel|
the area around this foothill of the altai is used as meadowland.
so you can see the characteristic housings of mongolian nomads, the ger’s.
|tax in front of an upcomming thunderstorm||Lars F. Menzel|
a taxi-driver maintain his car in front of an upcomming thunderstorm.
you can charter such cars for long-distance travel around mongolia..
khuvsgul weather conditions in july are very frendly but unsettled.
|passage near the khuvsgul lake||Lars F. Menzel|
horses have long been an essential part of mongols life.
the bond between people and horses goes back at least a thousand years.
most of them are living freely in herds on open land but are owned by nomadic people.
only to milk they have to come “home”.
at this passage near the khuvsgul lake a herd of horses crosses a small river.
|a nomad women waters a camel herd||Lars F. Menzel|
there are drinking fountains spreaded over the whole country,
which are generally build in the time of mongolian people’s republic.
nomads stay near such fountains to get water for the herd.
|satellite village||Lars F. Menzel|
also at the smallest villages, you can find this satellite dishes.
sometimes they are bigger than the houses of the occupants.
in solitary regions, where no electricity is available, you can found also small wind generators.
|supermarket of a small village||Lars F. Menzel|
this is a typical small-town mongolia supermarket, that features many of the supplies for the country’s home.
supplies comes usually from all over the world, amongst others from united states, germany, russia and china.
|rocks of bayanzag||Lars F. Menzel|
bayanzag also known as flaming cliffs is a region of the gobi desert, where important fossils have been found.
it is famous for the first discovery of dinosaur eggs.
if the sun is fading, the rock gives off a glowing orange colour.
|dune near khundu with ovoo||Lars F. Menzel|
an ovoo is a shamanistic power place and is often found at the top of mountains or in high places, throughout Mongolia.
ovoos are usually a simple pile of stones or made from wood bearing a few blue silk scarves..
when travelling, it is custom to stop and circle an ovoo three times in clockwise direction, in order to have a safer journey.
usually, rocks are picked up from the ground and added to the pile, but in this region you usually can’t find rocks.
|thunderstorm near khuvsgul lake||Lars F. Menzel|
khuvsgul is one of the most beautiful areas of the country.
there are lots of evergreen trees, trout filled streams, lofty mountain peaks,
dense pine forests and meadows carpered with flowers.
weather changes very fast around the lake.
only a couple of minutes passes between sunshine and thunderstorm.
|yak carriage in front of the khuvsgul lake||Lars F. Menzel|
nomadic people use yak carriages to carry the gers, when moving with their herd.
the khuvsgul lake is located in the northwest of mongolia near the border to russia.
it holds almost 70% of mongolia’s fresh water and belief me: this lake is very cold,
also in the summer. the lake is remarkable clean and has really blue water.
mongolia is situated in central asia and shares a border with russia as well as china.
the country has a very long and impressive history.
I have been there in the summer of 2007.
on this fantastic journey through inspiring landscapes I have met some truly hospitable people.
within the following days i will share some of my favorit impressions of the mongolia culture.
an exposition in cooperation with Frank Standke is open to the public until 2009/07/31.
if you are interested to see some panoramic pictures of mongolia,
you can do this in leipzig, germany.
Deutsche Bank Privat- und Geschäftskunden AG
Investment- und FinanzCenter Leipzig-Mitte
more infos on http://fotolymp.de.
before I start with my first picture:
all pictures are taken on film with a
Hasselblad X-Pan II
GILDE 66-17 MST Super 3D (Many thanks to Mr Gilde, for his help).
the calendar “Mongolei 2010″ by Lars F. Menzel is now available on amazon.de.
But regard, this calendar is huge.
you can see some of my older pictures.
from monday on I will present you some of my recent pictures, starting with Magic Mongolia.
welcome to my blog on Menzel-PHOTOGRAPHY.COM.
taking panoramic pictures is my passion.
one can have a broader vision of the world!
my motto is “take a break… to understand the world…”.
I have to add “and take pictures.”
this is my first blog.
so I am glad about getting feedback.
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