Mongolian Skyscapes

The desert landscapes can sometimes be an unending grey, but Mongolian skyscapes are more dramatic and spectacular  than any Hollywood action movie. Extreme shapes, colors and changing formations provide jaw-dropping shows from nature.

The desert landscapes can sometimes be an unending grey, but Mongolian skyscapes are more dramatic and spectacular than any Hollywood action movie. Extreme shapes, colors and changing formations provide jaw-dropping shows from nature.

Take shelter when you see a sky like this in Mongolia. A drenching downpour is soon to explode.

Take shelter when you see a sky like this in Mongolia. A drenching downpour is soon to explode.

Painters can't possibly create the impact of a sunset like this. In countries with vast wide open spaces like this one, you not only see the sunset in the distance but you see, sense and feel the sky that surrounds you and that experience is impossible to recreate on canvas.

Painters can’t possibly create the impact of a sunset like this. In countries with vast wide open spaces like this one, you not only see the sunset in the distance but you see, sense and feel the sky that surrounds you and that experience is impossible to recreate on canvas.

This fiery sunset over the famed Gobi Desert in Central Mongolia seemed to last a delicious eternity. That night we wanted to sleep on the ground under the stars. But he stars were so many and so intensely bright that we had to move our bedding into our tents to sleep.

This fiery sunset over the famed Gobi Desert in Central Mongolia seemed to last a delicious eternity. That night we wanted to sleep on the ground under the stars. But he stars were so many and so intensely bright that we had to move our bedding into our tents to sleep.

This road ending at the border between Mongolia and Russia accentuates the sometimes electric blue sky, free from any city pollutants and makes us know how pure and pristine nature can still be if we make efforts to preserve it.

This road ending at the border between Mongolia and Russia accentuates the sometimes electric blue sky, free from any city pollutants and makes us know how pure and pristine nature can still be if we make efforts to preserve it.

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MAJESTIC LAKES OF CHILE – PART II

Viewing the Andes from a series of Chilean Lake crossing is a truly awesome experience. This area is the beginning of the Patagonia, a region famous for its dramatic mountain formations.

Viewing the Andes from a series of Chilean Lake crossing is a truly awesome experience. This area is the beginning of the Patagonia, a region famous for its dramatic mountain formations.

Viewing the Andes from a series of Chilean Lake crossing is a truly awesome experience. This area is the beginning of the Patagonia, a region famous for its dramatic mountain formations.

Viewing the Andes from a series of Chilean Lake crossing is a truly awesome experience. This area is the beginning of the Patagonia, a region famous for its dramatic mountain formations.

This is one of five lakeside hotels I stayed at crossing the Chilean Andes to Argentina. The cuisine in all of the hotels was superb.

This is one of five lakeside hotels I stayed at crossing the Chilean Andes to Argentina. The cuisine in all of the hotels was superb.

On lakes near the Argentina border with Chile, there are a small number of idyllic private properties accessible only by water that provide a personal Shangri-La to the owners.

On lakes near the Argentina border with Chile, there are a small number of idyllic private properties accessible only by water that provide a personal Shangri-La to the owners.

Majestic Lakes of Chile – Part I

This is the first of a three day crossing of the Andes from Western Chile to Argentina. It was on a small craft and I had a boutique lakeside hotel every night between sailings with great food and wine. Really tough-- huh?

This is the first of a three day crossing of the Andes from Western Chile to Argentina. It was on a small craft and I had a boutique lakeside hotel every night between sailings with great food and wine. Really tough– huh?

 

On the lakes crossing  we sailed by four of the many dormant volcanoes of which this was the most formidable as it was the closest.

On the lakes crossing we sailed by four of the many dormant volcanoes of which this was the most formidable as it was the closest.

 

The opacity of Lake Espejo is created by the glacial schist rubbing together creating this intense color. From a distance it looks like someone poured a bucket of aqua paint into a depression.

The opacity of Lake Espejo is created by the glacial schist rubbing together creating this intense color. From a distance it looks like someone poured a bucket of aqua paint into a depression.

 

On our lakes crossing. a seagull swoops down to snatch a cracker from this man standing on the bridge stairs  of our boat in eastern Chile.

On our lakes crossing. a seagull swoops down to snatch a cracker from this man standing on the bridge stairs of our boat in eastern Chile.

 

 

This is the first docking in Argentina on the third and last day of  the lakes crossing.from Puerto Vara in Chile.

This is the first docking in Argentina on the third and last day of the lakes crossing.from Puerto Vara in Chile.

The Mongolian Family Unit – A Close Up

This incredible face tells the viewer how hard life is with the nomadic Mongolians. She has eleven children, all of whom have heavy duty daily chores that would make most American kids run for the hills. Their diet consists mainly of meat from the animas they raise. Growing vegetables is rare as they move from location to location for the best grazing for their herds. The Chinese call the Mongolians "wolves". The  Mongolians call the Chinese. whose diet consists mainly of vegetables, "sheep"!

This incredible face tells the viewer how hard life is with the nomadic Mongolians. She has eleven children, all of whom have heavy duty daily chores that would make most American kids run for the hills. Their diet consists mainly of meat from the animas they raise. Growing vegetables is rare as they move from location to location for the best grazing for their herds. The Chinese call the Mongolians “wolves”. The Mongolians call the Chinese. whose diet consists mainly of vegetables, “sheep”!

This father of the family has to be a provider, an expert herder, a patriarch, mechanic, tanner, welder, hunter, accountant etc. The nearest town is sometimes 100 miles away. Every line in his face shows the weight of all those responsibilities.

This father of the family has to be a provider, an expert herder, a patriarch, mechanic, tanner, welder, hunter, accountant etc. The nearest town is sometimes 100 miles away. Every line in his face shows the weight of all those responsibilities.

Visits from foreigners are rare.The family is mesmerized by their presence, bringing  them a sense of the outside world they will never see.

Visits from foreigners are rare.The family is mesmerized by their presence, bringing them a sense of the outside world they will never see.

As they must be ready at a moments notice to avoid  oncoming punishing bad weather or take advatage of newly discovered graizelands, none of their clothing hangs loose like in our closets. Everyting is kept in suitcases and trunks for quick mobility in their survival mode.

As they must be ready at a moments notice to avoid oncoming punishing bad weather or take advatage of newly discovered graizelands, none of their clothing hangs loose like in our closets. Everyting is kept in suitcases and trunks for quick mobility in their survival mode.

This is the interior of a tourist "ger". If it was authentic, teher would be no tables or chairs in the center. The "chimney" cirulates the air and keeps the tent warm or cold, depending on the season.

This is the interior of a tourist “ger”. If it was authentic, teher would be no tables or chairs in the center. The “chimney” cirulates the air and keeps the tent warm or cold, depending on the season.