My Journey To The Tiger’s Lair

In Bhutan, high in the Himalayan Mountains, the jaw-dropping Taktsang Palphug Buddhist Monastery, was built into the granite sheer rock face. It was built in 1692 and known as Tiger’s Lair after a sacred monk who meditated in thirteen tiger lair caves there in the 8th century.

In Bhutan, high in the Himalayan Mountains, the jaw-dropping Taktsang Palphug Buddhist Monastery, was built into the granite sheer rock face. It was built in 1692 and known as Tiger’s Lair after a sacred monk who meditated in thirteen tiger lair caves there in the 8th century.

The wooden buildings are painted with intricate and colorful patterns that have meaning to the faithful and are connected by stairways made in the rocks. Along the trek from the valley to the monastery are prayer flags, temple bells, a wishing tree and a waterfall.

The wooden buildings are painted with intricate and colorful patterns that have meaning to the faithful and are connected by stairways made in the rocks. Along the trek from the valley to the monastery are prayer flags, temple bells, a wishing tree and a waterfall.

Gobi Sunrise

This sunrise image on the famous Gobi Desert in central Mongolia was taken a few minutes after dawn. I took about forty images without moving an inch. The sun and the changing shadows on the sand dunes made every single image different. The rising sun moved instead of me and my camera.

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MONGOLIA: NEVER JUDGE A GER BY ITS COVER

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The nomadic herders of Mongolia, the vast majority of the population, live in gers (tents) that are moved to various altitudes and climactic locations to optimize the grazing opportunities for their herds of cattle, goats, sheep and horses. The exterior color of a ger is a dull canvas and often the surrounding area is a monotone that doesn’t excite the eye. As winters are incredibly severe – sometimes minus 55 degrees Fahrenheit – the interiors are raging with color to lift the spirits of families.

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This explosion of color in the interior of a ger is common. It more than makes up up for any drab weather conditions outside.
In the image below note the horse saddle hung on the wall and how colorful it is. All of the family shares this space.

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This is the bed of the mother and father who can draw curtains for privacy but you can imagine they must suffer from cabin fever from the extended winters. All the sewing and embroidery seen is made by women in the cold months.