I am off to Tanzania so this will be the last in this series for now. Back in 2 weeks or so.
Mongolia 08 Military Marchers Naadam festival
Mongolia 06 These two men, perhaps father and son, were watching the opening events during the provincial town’s Naadam festival.There were formalities with marching service men and women before the (famous) wrestling and archery and, of course, the horse races. I liked the older man’s very smiling eyes and the younger mans rugged good looks. They were happy to be photographed. The arena had various seating arrangements but the “back row” was all people on horseback taking advantage of their higher position to view proceedings. I thought that said so much about how riding is a part of their life.
Mongolia 04 Small but fast these horses were part of a large herd enjoying the river, A small provincial town is in the distance.
Mongolia 03 A nomad horseman who rode up to check us out. They are wonderful horsemen and seem to have only one speed which is fast.
Mongolia 01 I am just back from Mongolia and will see what images I can process before I leave again for Tanzania next week. (Such a tough life I have eh..)
As dawn gently breaks in the Gobi, this young man and his brother, came to pump water into the drinking trough for their herd of horses. He was both keen to be photographed and shy simultaneously.
Wikipedia says there is a traditional saying in Mongolian: “A Mongol without a horse is like a Bird without the wings”. and
Genghis Khan himself once said: “It is easy to conquer the world from the back of a horse”. So lets see this young man as getting ready to conquer the world and hope he and his generation can avoid being conquered, in turn, by the investors and financial mercenaries rushing to have a piece of the mineral wealth of his country.