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This image was taken shortly after dawn in a hot air balloon-sailing silently over the magical and eerie formations in Cappadocia,Turkey. This chalk formation on top of a cliff looks like a giant’s foot. Nature is the most talented sculptor.

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Prayer Flags

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“Buddhist prayer flags are sometimes striking and beautiful. Each color has separate significance. These decorate a temple in Kathmandu, Nepal.”

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“The high winds in the Tibetan Himalayas create this color splash against the sky.”

 

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“These white prayer flags pierce the sky in Ura, Bhutan”

My Near Death Experience With A Witchdoctor

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I crept up on this woman in a graveyard to photograph her performing a chicken sacrifice. I intentionally stomped my foot when I shot it to create a blurred image. She heard my stomp, whirled around, saw me, ran inside and came back with a .45 which was meant for me. I quickly ducked behind some mausoleums and we began a Pink Panther-like chase through the graveyard. She got tired and I got saved. Moral: Don’t stop your foot while photographing a chicken sacrifice in Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

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The wealthy are entombed in mausoleums, many very opulent with themes such as: A Roman columned building, a Chinese pagoda etc, and some have formal places to sit while visiting entombed relatives.

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The poor are buried above ground in a mound covered over by cement and painted pastel colors: green, pale blue, pink and yellow. The effect is like seeing a bunch of giant Jordan Almonds thrown at random into a graveyard. Bizarre.

 

 

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.

MONGOLIA: A NOMADIC PEOPLE SURROUNDED BY DRAMATIC SKYSCAPES

Mongolia: Sheep-Horses-River

Mongolia has extreme contrasts of topography and weather and remains a model for pristine preservation of nature. They’re a nomadic cuntry that drives their sheep and goats into the mountains or the valley, depending on which location has the best grazing.

Mongolia: Woman and Lamb

This woman on the edge of the Gobi Deset scans the horizon looking for the herd of sheep that her son is herding home at sunset.

Mongolia: Two Yaks

Yaks are an exotic sight for us but families raise them for their milk and fur.

Mongolia: Children Milking Goats

Goats and sheep are tethered together at night so if a maurading wolf stalks them, the collective yowls from the potential victims wake the owner who fires his shotgun into the air. Here are the family children milking their goats.