Wind turbine, gers, and cows.
The Mongolian government has been working hard to develop wind energy in Mongolia, which is so windy that if wind farms were built everywhere flat enough to hold them in Mongolia, it would produce one fourth the electricity needed by the entire world.
Gers set up under the Milky Way.
Photo by Timothy Allen.
During communist purges of Buddhist monasteries in the 1930s, one monk survived by hiding out in this tiny secret house carved into a cliff face on Eej Hairhan Uul (Holy Mother Mountain).
Photos by Susan Fox.
A baby Bactrian camel has been born at Flamingo Land in the UK. Bactrian camels are native to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia and China. There are about a thousand wild camels left, along with millions of domesticated ones kept by herders in Mongolia. The newborn camel does not have a name yet.
He looks very proud of himself!
13-year old Undram Khashbat competes in the ball event at the Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships. According to the Mongolian team coach, Khaliun Batbold, gymnastics is growing in popularity as a Mongolian sport; he hopes to coach a champion team in a few years.
Papercut art by Baatartsog Norovsambuu.
Tsogtsaikhan Sosorbaram is a Mongolian folk singer who specializes in traditional urtyn duu (“long songs”). The songs are drawn out and meditative - a five minute song might be only ten words, each syllable stretched over many notes. Long songs are said to echo the open freedom of the Mongolian steppe.
Dancers at the Mongolian State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the dancers’ names. Mongolia has excellent ballet companies, a legacy of close ties to the Soviet Union.
Shaggy camels forage in snow in Bayan-Olgii. It’s about 35 degrees below zero there right now.