What a difference latitude can make. And not just in your attitude.
We’re in the same desert as Dunhuang, but we’re further north, in Mongolia now, one of my all time favorite places. We spent a day in Ulan Bataar, where we caught a big service at Gandan Monastery (cool to shoot outside, but not of the monks chanting inside). Then we flew back out to the Gobi desert, to the Three Camel Lodge.
Last time I was here, it was early October of 07 or 08 (I forget) and we had a freak blizzard. Now, I’m here in late April, and guess what? Temps in the single digits and snow! Can you say “Weather Jonah”? I’m beginning to think my weather karma has really run out.
Time for an office job? Maybe become a Photoshop guru? Grow my beard really long and talk about 64 bit processing and stuff like that????? Nah, I’d rather be shooting in the Gobi, even in the snow!
Fortunately, our gers were heated with wood burning stoves, the Flaming Cliffs were beautiful (and we got to hike them with one of my fellow speakers on the jet trip, Mark Norell. Mark is chief paleontologist of the American Museum of Natural History and a real 21st century Indiana Jones. Going fossil hunting with him is like taking batting practice with Derek Jeter….it just doesn’t get any better.)
For a look at more from Ulan Bataar and the Gobi, and an insight into the type of motivation it takes to leave a toasty ger in the predawn twilight to shoot friggin’ icicle pictures, hit the jump.
First, as to the motivation. It’s simple. There are no bathrooms in the gers, and the shower/bathroom building is 40 yards down the path, right under those icicles! So leaving the ger in the frigid predawn was indeed nature calling me, but not necessarily to take pictures! ‘Nuff said.
Tech Data: All Photos, D90, 16-85mm VR, Vivid JPEG
Next stop: Kazakhstan! I’ll keep you posted…..