Mongolia is a beautiful country, and the landscape is outstanding. During May, the days are long and the light is gorgeous during the morning and evening. It’s ideal for photography!
This page of Mongolia photographs allows for easy viewing. For further information, please see my Comprehensive Mongolia Travel blog post. It has a lot of information that should be very useful for anyone planning a trip to Mongolia. Apart from a guidebook, I had a hard time finding all the information I wanted in one place. So, I wrote up all the info I could think of based on my month roaming around the country. Let me know if you have any questions! (Just comment at the bottom of any page.)
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Mongolian Steppe Photos
In May the weather on the steppe varies from pleasantly warm to hail to snow. It remains lush and green as the animal herds feed on the green grass.
Goats are bred for cashmere (for your fancy sweater) and meat.
Horses are everywhere in Mongolia, except the desert.
Mongolian Desert Photos – Gobi Desert
Mongolia’s desert is a fantastic place to play out your Indiana Jones dream. In fact, rumor has it that Indiana Jones is based upon a professor who did research in the area. He discovered the very first dinosaur egg known to people, and proved that dinosaurs are reptiles.
Gobi Desert appears dry and uninhabited, but nomads live throughout the landscape. They know where the oases are, and allow their camel herds to roam far to find the water and vegetation needed for survival.
Taking the time and looking closely, I found so many different types of flowers. There’s also a lizard with the red dot that completely camouflages into the small rocks. I only noticed it when it moved.
I found Mongolian food to be good. It’s not very flavorful, which is surprising, since the Silk Road passed through Mongolia. I thought there would have been a culture of using spices.
During my month in Mongolia in May, the only fruit or vegetable I received was slivers of carrot in a few pasta dishes. Occasionally a small onion was included in a massive pot of pasta.
On the steppe, the food consisted of carbohydrates (pasta, rice), meat (dried and sometimes fresh), and fat and sugar. Think fried bread for breakfast topped with fresh yak butter and as much granulated sugar as would stick. Dairy products are also widely available at this time of year in the form of yogurt, cheeses, and airig, which is fermented horse milk to make an alcohol.
Erden Zuu monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It lies along the Silk Road and is a major Buddhist site in the entire region. It once housed thousands of monks in the area.
Mongolian Yurt or Ger
Mongolian nomads live in gers year round, throughout Mongolia. They’re cool in the desert summer and warm on cold nights on the steppe. Most gers have a wood burning stove in the center. Sleeping gers in Gobi do not need a stove in summer, since it’s warm enough.
Beds and storage cupboards line the walls of a ger, and the home is converted between daytime and night time use each morning and night.
The entire family works together in putting up a new ger, and it takes about an hour. This hour does not include laying down the vinyl floor. This takes extra time, since it is taped down and may be composed of a few pieces of material.
All indoor structural components of a ger are painted orange and decorated in bright colors. Even a lot of furniture is painted the same bright orange color. Every piece of the ger can be purchased at a market. A lot is sold at the Black Market in the capital, Ulaan Baatar.
Don’t forget to have a look at the Comprehensive Mongolia post for a greater understanding of these photos. Of course, if you have any questions, let me know in the Comments box below.