Nine White Banners
Domesticated reindeer herd, Khovsgol, Mongolia. Photo by Chloe Phillips-Harris.

Domesticated reindeer herd, Khovsgol, Mongolia. Photo by Chloe Phillips-Harris.

Mongolian biologists studying cranes in Khan Khentii decided to have a Crane Festival this year. It had all the usual Mongolian holiday events: games played with anklebones, a horse race, and dancing. I thought the drawings of cranes made by school kids were pretty great.

Photos by Susan Fox, except the first one.

Archeologists have found the remains of a secret WWII Soviet military base in Mongolia. Hidden between hills, the old base has firing ranges, unmarked graveyards, and areas where tents were used as barracks and warehouses.

Archeologists have found the remains of a secret WWII Soviet military base in Mongolia. Hidden between hills, the old base has firing ranges, unmarked graveyards, and areas where tents were used as barracks and warehouses.

Mongolian commemorative coin showing Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa, the first Mongolian astronaut (in back), and his crewmate Vladimir Dzhanibekov (front). Their 1981 mission collected data about cosmic rays, high energy particles of mysterious origins.

Mongolian commemorative coin showing Jugderdemidiin Gurragchaa, the first Mongolian astronaut (in back), and his crewmate Vladimir Dzhanibekov (front). Their 1981 mission collected data about cosmic rays, high energy particles of mysterious origins.

Stone pillars, Arkhangai, Mongolia. Photos by Tali Landsman.

Stone pillars, Arkhangai, Mongolia. Photos by Tali Landsman.

S. Enkh-Amgalan is a Mongolian painter who creates very brightly colored images of the Mongolian landscape.

Mongolian herder with a motorbike, which are useful as horses for chasing animals and catching them with urgas, the Mongolian version of a lasso - a loop of rope on the end of a long flexible pole.
Photo by Hannah Reyes.

Mongolian herder with a motorbike, which are useful as horses for chasing animals and catching them with urgas, the Mongolian version of a lasso - a loop of rope on the end of a long flexible pole.

Photo by Hannah Reyes.

Paintings of shamans by Mongolian graffiti artist Heesco, who lives in Australia. The drum keeps time for dancing or chanting; the bowl of milk is an offering to the spirits.

Paintings of shamans by Mongolian graffiti artist Heesco, who lives in Australia. The drum keeps time for dancing or chanting; the bowl of milk is an offering to the spirits.

Gobi desert. Photo by Mark Guitard.

Gobi desert. Photo by Mark Guitard.

I liked this cow sign next to a dirt road in Mongolia. It probably means something like: “Warning: sometimes cows stand in this road for hours and won’t move no matter how much you honk at them.”
Photo by Brent Lewin.

I liked this cow sign next to a dirt road in Mongolia. It probably means something like: “Warning: sometimes cows stand in this road for hours and won’t move no matter how much you honk at them.”

Photo by Brent Lewin.