Tom Norring Photography: Blog http://tomnorring.com/blog en-us (C) Tom Nørring tom@norring.net (Tom Norring Photography) Fri, 12 May 2017 01:05:00 GMT Fri, 12 May 2017 01:05:00 GMT http://tomnorring.com/img/s/v-5/u605768358-o1072694345-50.jpg Tom Norring Photography: Blog http://tomnorring.com/blog 120 80 US Parks http://tomnorring.com/blog/2017/4/USParks National Parks Blog

 

Moonset over Yosemite Valley. Tunnel View.Moonset over Yosemite Valley. Tunnel View.Simultaneous Moonset and Sunset in Yosemite National Park.
2010 © Tom Nørring

Traveling is fun and enriching, but exploring your own Backyard can be equally and sometimes more rewarding. Particularly as a Wildlife, Landscape and Travel Photographer who lives in the Bay Area in the Western United States. US Parks and National Monuments are under attack from our own elected Government. It is my belief, that when more people see the wonders of our Parks and Monuments, we can galvanize the Movement for protection of these Treasures.

I have had the privilege of living in California and photographing the Western US National Parks for more than a decade. Several of these Parks are designated as “UNESCO World Heritage” treasures.

In the following I am showcasing a few of my Images.

More Images are available on my website. Click here.

USParks images

 

Yosemite National Park

Created by Glaciers and first protected in 1864 Yosemite is known for its Valley penetrated by Merced River and circled by some of the best known “Rocks” such as Half Dome and El Capitan.

Half Dome with reflections seen from Cooks Meadow. Yosemite National Park. California.Half Dome with reflections seen from Cooks Meadow. Yosemite National Park. California.® 2016 Tom Norring

Half Dome View from Sentinel Bridge in Winter. Yosemite National Park. California.Half Dome View from Sentinel Bridge in Winter. Yosemite National Park. California.Copyright 2016 © Tom Norring

The Weather can change with little warning and it is not unusual that Photographers have to show patience while waiting for the light

Tunnel View in Rain with Photographers waiting for clearing in the Weather. Yosemite National Park. California.Tunnel View in Rain with Photographers waiting for clearing in the Weather. Yosemite National Park. California.Tunnel View in Rain with Photographers waiting for clearing in the Weather. Yosemite National Park. California. 2016 Tom Norring

 

Death Valley National Park

A Desert Valley in South Eastern California is said to holds the highest reliable temperature reading of 134 F or 56.7 degrees Celsius. The lowest point in the Park is 282 feet or 86 meters below Sea level.

Cracked Salt Flats at sunset. Death Valley. California.Cracked Salt Flats at sunset. Death Valley. California.Copyright 2016 © Tom Nørring

The landscape varies between Salt Flats and Sand dunes framed by Mountains

Mesquite Sand Dunes. Death Valley. California.Mesquite Sand Dunes. Death Valley. California.

 

Grand Teton National Park

The Park is situated in Wyoming located just south of the better known Yellowstone National Park. It is best known by the impressive Teton Mountain Range with the 4,000 feet peak and by the Valley named Jackson Hole.

Iconic Sunrise Image of Schwabacher Landing. Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming.Iconic Sunrise Image of Schwabacher Landing. Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming.2011 © Tom Norring

Resting Bull Moose showing of his Antlers. Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming.Resting Bull Moose showing of his Antlers. Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming.

 

Yellowstone National Park

The World’s first National Park established by Congress in 1872. Yellowstone National Park is probably also the best known park in the World. Every year the Park receives visitors from all over the World. In total the Park is visited by more than 3 million people annually. While Old Faithfull is the best known Geyser the Park is home to a multitude of dramatic geological features as well as a rich diversity of Wildlife such as Wolf, Bear, Bison, Elk and Pronghorn Antelope with many more. Hundreds of Animal species can be seen in the Park.

Sunrise over Travertine Terrace, Mammoth Falls. Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming.Sunrise over Travertine Terrace, Mammoth Falls. Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming.Copyright © 2016 Tom Norring

Majestic Bald Eagle on the Perch. Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming.Majestic Bald Eagle on the Perch. Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming.Copyright © 2016 Tom Norring

Cloud reflections over chemical Sediments. Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming.Cloud reflections over chemical Sediments. Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming.Copyright 2015 © Tom Norring

 

Glacier National Park

The Park is Bordering Canada in the Northern Montana’s Rocky Mountain. Glaciers carved the Peaks and Valleys that are crossed by the “Going-to-the-Sun Road”. Populated by Mountain Goats, Big Horn Sheep and Grizzly Bears it presents 700 miles of hiking trails and 1,583 sq. miles of Wilderness.

Mountain Goat on the Hillside. Glacier National Park. Montana. USA.Mountain Goat on the Hillside. Glacier National Park. Montana. USA.Copyright 2015 © Tom Nørring Hard to find Waterfalls at Sunrise. Glacier National Park. Montana. USA.Hard to find Waterfalls at Sunrise. Glacier National Park. Montana. USA.Copyright 2015 © Tom Nørring

I’m in awe of the majesty of these Parks. Many more deserve mentioning. Maybe in my next post,

Some of these are on my website 

Tom Norring Photography

Let’s work together and insist on the preservation and protection of these places and the Wildlife that call these Parks HOME.

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tom@norring.net (Tom Norring Photography) Bald Eagle Cooks Meadow Death Valley Desert El Capitan Glacier National Park Grand Teton Grapevine Mountains Half Dome Mammoth Mammoth Hot Springs Mammoth Springs Mesquite Mesquite Sand Dunes Montana Mountain Goat National Park Salt Flats Schwabacher Landing Snow Travertine Tunnel View UNESCO UNESCO World Heritage Valley View Wyoming Yellowstone Yosemite Yosemite NP Yosemite National Park dunes meadow moss mountain wildlife http://tomnorring.com/blog/2017/4/USParks Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:57:09 GMT
Mongolia, Gobi Desert, Lake Hovsgol,Naadam festival, Camels and Horses http://tomnorring.com/blog/2016/4/mongolia 12 Days in Mongolia with National Geographic Photo Expedition. An experience from the past.

 

Star trails and Moonlight over Three Camel Lodge. Ger Camp. Gobi Desert. Mongolia.Star trails and Moonlight over Three Camel Lodge. Ger Camp. Gobi Desert. Mongolia.

Three Camel Lodge in moonshine with star trails, Gobi Desert, Mongolia

 

Ulaan Baatar, a.k.a. Ulan Bator a.k.a. UB, is the Capital of Mongolia a land of around 3 million inhabitants. We visited the Gandan Monastery, the National Museum as well as attended a traditional Mongolian dance and khoomii, or throat singing.

Monks studying at Gandan Monastery, Mongolia's largest functioning monastery,Mongolia,UlaanbaatorMonks studying at Gandan Monastery, Mongolia's largest functioning monastery,Mongolia,Ulaanbaator

Monks studying at Gandan Monastery, Mongolia's largest functioning monastery.

 

Women lighting prayer candles at Gandan Monastery, Mongolia's largest functioning monastery,Mongolia,UlaanbaatorWomen lighting prayer candles at Gandan Monastery, Mongolia's largest functioning monastery,Mongolia,Ulaanbaator Women lighting prayer candles at Gandan Monastery.

 

Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. Gandan Monastery, Mongolia.Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. Gandan Monastery, Mongolia._MG_8098 The creation and destruction of a mandala - symbolizing the Universe -- made from colored sand. The monks follow an ancient Tibetan Buddhist tradition illustrating the cycle of life.

 

Traditional Dance and music, Ulaanbaator, Mongolia.Traditional Dance and music, Ulaanbaator, Mongolia.

Traditional dance. A show of quick steps and movements with music akin to galloping horses.

 

On the trip to Lake Hövsgöl, the second largest Lake in Mongolia, we visited an area near Mörön with Deer stones a.k.a. Reindeer Stones. They are ancient megaliths carved with symbols. The Deer Stones are believed to be from the Bronze age, 1,000 BC. They stand from around 2 feet and up to 15 feet. They are rooted in the old Shamanism and a cluster may mark burial grounds of important people.

Deer stones with inscriptions, 1000 BC, Mongolia.Deer stones with inscriptions, 1000 BC, Mongolia._T9C1468-Edit

Deer stones near Mörön.

 

At Lake Hövsgöl we lodged in the traditional Mongolian Ger a.k.a. Yurt.

Erecting a Ger, Lake Hovgol, Mongolia.Erecting a Ger, Lake Hovgol, Mongolia.

The traditional Mongolian Ger is built for the nomadic life and is easy to both assemble and disassemble. This Ger was assembled in less than an hour.

 

The following days we spent exploring and enjoying the Lake Hövsgöl area. Horseback riding was one of our experiences and our sore behind reminded us for several days  that the small Mongolian horses have a different trot than Western horses.

Ger Camp horse riding. Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia.Ger Camp horse riding. Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia.

Sunrise at Lake Hövsgöl.

Sunrise at Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia.Sunrise at Lake Hovsgol, Mongolia.

Teepees were a lodging option alternative to the Gers.

 

Our next major stop was the Gobi Desert, where we lodged at the Three Camel Lodge. The Gobi is covering the Southern part of Mongolia and the border to China. Gobi is the fifth largest desert in the World and much of Gobi is bare rock instead of sand. 

The highlight of our stay was the Naadam Festival.

Naadam begins with an elaborate introduction ceremony featuring dancers, athletes, horse riding and musicians. The festival is also locally termed "eriin gurvan naadam"  "the three games of men". The games are Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and Archery. Women have started participating in the archery and girls in the horse-racing games.

Female Archer. The combination of grace and strength is breathtaking.

 

Speed, strength and flexibility is the hallmark of a successful competitor. It's a puzzle how the law of gravity does not affect horse or man.

It's hard, even for experienced competitors. Not all are succesful. Warning: Do NOT try this at Home.

 

Traditional wrestling.

 

With a base in Three Camel Lodge we explored the surroundings in Gobi.

The Mongolian hospitality was legion and included invitation to visit a family Ger.

Typical family Ger.Typical family Ger._T9C2822

Typical Mongolian family Ger.

 

Even the Head Monk for a self built small monastery invited us inside his Ger.

Head monk at meditation monastery.Head monk at meditation monastery._T9C2675

Inside Ger of Head Monk.

 

Some of the Worlds best preserved Petroglyphs are at Havtsgait Valley. They were created by the original Gobi settlers. The oldest are from 11,000 to 6,000 BC.

Ancient petroglyphs, 7000 BC. Havtsgait Valley. Gobi Desert. Mongolia.Ancient petroglyphs, 7000 BC. Havtsgait Valley. Gobi Desert. Mongolia.

Rock carvings depicting hunting and lodging of original Gobi settlers.

 

The Sand Dunes of the Khongoryn Els gave the opportunity for exciting dune photography. Sand Dune at sunrise. Gobi desert. Mongolia.Sand Dune at sunrise. Gobi desert. Mongolia._T9C3323

The sand dunes at Khongoryn Els at sunrise.

 

Mongolia. Gobi Desert. Camel Caravan.Mongolia. Gobi Desert. Camel Caravan._MG_2713-2 Camel train in the desert.

 

_MG_2726-2 Camel rider.

 

The last night at Three Camel Lodge we were entertained by two young musicians who shared Mongolian music with traditional instruments.

_T9C3472 Young Mongolian musician.

 

Stars over Three Camel Lodge. Ger Camp. Gobi Desert. Mongolia.Stars over Three Camel Lodge. Ger Camp. Gobi Desert. Mongolia.

Final goodnight to Three Camel Lodge in moonshine.

 

The following morning we left the camp for Ulaanbaator and the long flight home to Saratoga, California.

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Colorful explosions: India photos from Delhi through Rajasthan to Taj Mahal in Agra. http://tomnorring.com/blog/2015/3/India Many more images can be found at www.tomnorring.com/india

 

Women walking Mehtab Bagh, Moon Garden across from Taj Mahal in morning mist. Agra. India.Women walking Mehtab Bagh, Moon Garden across from Taj Mahal in morning mist. Agra. India._T9C9686

To travel in India is to be constantly awed by the colors, people, architectural wonders and incredible human resourcefulness.

It may be that the best exponents are found in the state of Rajasthan and in Agra where the famous Taj Mahal overshadows most other constructions in its beauty and magnificent size.

 

Street scene. Delhi. India.Street scene. Delhi. India._T9C6852

The markets are saturated with entrepreneurial people making a living. Positioned in proximity to the traffic – often in the middle of it – they show their products using colors and energy to get prospective buyers attention.

Women carry heavy burden on head. Chittaurgarh Citadel. 6th century. Rajasthan. India.Women carry heavy burden on head. Chittaurgarh Citadel. 6th century. Rajasthan. India._MG_5260

Women seems to carry the heaviest burdens. Construction workers must carry materials to the construction sites. Few machines are available for heavy work.

Flower vendor. Pink City. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Flower vendor. Pink City. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._T9C7010

Surprisingly it is mostly men that are active in market areas where flowers are sold and arranged.

Open Air Market. Udaipur Rajasthan. India.Open Air Market. Udaipur Rajasthan. India._MG_5468

Exceptions to the male rule can be found.

Colorful wedding costumes and sari. Model release. Pink City. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Colorful wedding costumes and sari. Model release. Pink City. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._MG_4898

Weddings are but one event where the colors are exploding. Wedding costumes and jewelry are magnificent.

Portrait of holy man. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Portrait of holy man. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._MG_0117

Many holy men with impressive beards and firm eye contact are willingly posing for the intrepid photographer.

Sheesh Gumbad. Lodi Garden. Ceiling. Delhi. Rajasthan. India.Sheesh Gumbad. Lodi Garden. Ceiling. Delhi. Rajasthan. India._T9C6952

The inside decorations of many Mosques and tombs are still visible in spite of the age. This Bara Gumbad ceiling is from 13th century.

Architectural detail. Diwan-i-Khas, Glass Palace. Hall of private Audience. Amber Fort. Jaipur Rajasthan. India.Architectural detail. Diwan-i-Khas, Glass Palace. Hall of private Audience. Amber Fort. Jaipur Rajasthan. India._T9C7521

The Amber Fort in Jaipur from the 16th and 17th centuries has multiple indoor decorations such as this Flower inspired glass inlays and carvings.

Palace of Flowers. Moti Mahal. Phool Mahal. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India.Palace of Flowers. Moti Mahal. Phool Mahal. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India._T9C8807

Whilst the clothing is colorful the indoor decorations are not wanting. The Palace of Flowers at Mehrangarh Fort from the 10th and 18th century is believed to be the private room where the Dancing Girls entertained the Maharajah.

Palace of Flowers. Moti Mahal. Phool Mahal. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India.Palace of Flowers. Moti Mahal. Phool Mahal. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India._T9C8817

Maharaja Takhat Singh built “Takhat Vila”  Inside the Mehrangarh Fort. It served as his residence. 17th Century.

Architectural detail. Amber Fort. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Architectural detail. Amber Fort. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._MG_9863

Detail over entrance to the Amber Fort in Jaipur. 16th and 17th Century.

Architectural detail. Amber Fort. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Architectural detail. Amber Fort. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._MG_9808

Amber Fort entrance. 16th and 17th century.

Small sundial. Jantar Mantar. Astronomy observatory. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Small sundial. Jantar Mantar. Astronomy observatory. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._T9C7592

Jantar Mantar Observatory in Jaipur consists of fourteen geometric devices. Built in the 16th century, they measure time, predict eclipses, track star locations, predict planet declinations, while determining celestial altitudes. 

Worlds largest Sundial. Jantar Mantar. Astronomy observatory. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India.Worlds largest Sundial. Jantar Mantar. Astronomy observatory. Jaipur. Rajasthan. India._T9C7628

The Samrat Yantra meaning the Giant Sundial is the World’s biggest Sundial. At a height of 90 feet (27m) it can measure accurate celestial time at two seconds. The shadow moves one mm pr. Second.

Bas Relief. Jagdish Temp[le. Udaipur Rajasthan. India.Bas Relief. Jagdish Temp[le. Udaipur Rajasthan. India._MG_5461

Bas Reliefs are ubiquitous in Rajasthan temples. Visitors to Angkor Wat in Cambodia will observe the similarities. Clearly the Hindu culture was stretching thousands of miles in the 9th century.

Shive bass relief. Chittaurgarh Citadel. 6th century. Rajasthan. India.Shive bass relief. Chittaurgarh Citadel. 6th century. Rajasthan. India._T9C7883E

Shiva (Siva: The Auspicious One), the Destroyer or The Transformer is everywhere. 

Mural. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India.Mural. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India._T9C8739

Battle scene Mural at Mehrangarh Fort. Murals are ubiquitous.

Elephants guarding Palace hotel. Jag Niwas. Lake Pichola. James Bonds Octopussi movie. Udaipur Rajasthan. India.Elephants guarding Palace hotel. Jag Niwas. Lake Pichola. James Bonds Octopussi movie. Udaipur Rajasthan. India._T9C7989

The Palace hotel on Lake Pichola is on the small Island where scenes of the James Bond movie Octopussi were filmed. It is now an upscale Hotel. Elephants are guarding the entrance. Access is only possible by boat.

Henna decoration. Udaipur Rajasthan. India.Henna decoration. Udaipur Rajasthan. India._T9C8147

Henna is used for hair and skin dyes. The Body Art beautifies Indian women. When photographing women they make sure that the Henna decorations are dominant in the image.

Military on decorated camels. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Military on decorated camels. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._MG_5578 Camels – actually Dromedaries – are used throughout the Thar Desert for transportation. During the annual Desert Festival in Jaisalmer these magnificent animals are decorated and showcased in front of locals and tourists.

Indigenous people. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Indigenous people. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._T9C8182

Cultural displays from the Thar Desert and indigenous peoples are on display during the days of the desert Festival.

Indigenous people. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Indigenous people. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._T9C8208

Spooky colors are meant to induce fear and create respect from strangers.

Woman in Sari carrying heavy burden on head. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Woman in Sari carrying heavy burden on head. Festival parade. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._T9C8229

Beautiful women parading their carrying techniques during the Desert Festival.

Man with turban participating in the moustache competition. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Man with turban participating in the moustache competition. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._MG_5843

The Grand Moustache competition is an integral part of the Desert Festival.

Dancing women in sari. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Dancing women in sari. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._MG_5606

Beautiful Saris are are showcased by the Dancing troupe.

Dancing women in sari. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India.Dancing women in sari. Desert festival. Jaisalmer. Rajasthan. India._MG_5779

Women dancing in front of the Camel honor Guard under the Golden Sandstone Fort. Jaisalmer Fort.

Portrait of man smoking pipe. Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India.Portrait of man smoking pipe. Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India._T9C8723

Old Man enjoying his Water Pipe at Mehrangarh Fort.

Architectural detail. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India.Architectural detail. Mehrangarh Fort. 10th century. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India._MG_5939

Architectural Detail. Golden Sandstone Fort.  Man in yellow Turban looks out of Window. 

Woman in Sari. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India.Woman in Sari. Jodhpur. Rajasthan. India._MG_6058

Woman in Sari enters her house..

Smoking woman. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India.Smoking woman. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India._MG_6359

Village life is very different from big cities, The Village of Fatehpur Sikri is close to Bharatpur, but villagers have their own relaxed pace. Smoking Woman.

Man pumping water. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India.Man pumping water. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India._T9C9090

Man pumping Water. Water is pumped from Ground Water pumps like this manual pump. Village of  Fatehpur Sikri. 

Woman cooking food. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India.Woman cooking food. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India._MG_6388

Cooking is an outdoor chore in Fatehpur Sikri. Woman cooking over open wood fire.

Woman portrait. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India.Woman portrait. Fatehpur Sikri village. Bharatpur. Rajasthan. India._T9C9136

Village life from Fatehpur Sikri. Farm Worker going Home.

Panorama. Taj Mahal in morning mist. Agra. India.Panorama. Taj Mahal in morning mist. Agra. India._MG_6686E

Panorama of Taj Mahal in early morning light. Taj Mahal or “Crown of Palaces” is built in White Marble. It is built around a Mausoleum which houses the remains of Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of the 15th Century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Taj Mahal at sunset. Agra. India.Taj Mahal at sunset. Agra. India._T9C9566

Taj Mahal in late and warm sunset light

Inside Mausoleum. Taj Mahal. Agra. India.Inside Mausoleum. Taj Mahal. Agra. India._T9C9419

Inside the Mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal, the third wife of the 15th Century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

White Marble with colored inlays of Flowers inspired decorations.

Reflection in water. Taj Mahal at sunset. Agra. India.Reflection in water. Taj Mahal at sunset. Agra. India._T9C9560

Man washes in front of Taj Mahal in warm sunset light.

 

 

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tom@norring.net (Tom Norring Photography) Agra Amber Fort Architecture Asia Bappa Rawal Bara Gumbad Bharatpur Blue City Central Museum Chittaurgarh Chittorgarh City Palace City of Lakes Delhi Diwan Khana-I-Am Diwan-i-Khas Elephant Fatehpur Sikri Girdikot Glass Palace Golden Sandstone Fort Hawa Mahal Heritage India Jag Mandir Jag Niwas Jagdish Jai Mahal Jai Mahal Palace Hotel Jai Mandir Jain Jaipur Jaisalmer Jama Mashid James Bond Jantar Mantar Jodhpur Keoladeo Ghana Keoladeo Ghana National Park Lake Pichola Lodi Lodi garden Mahtab-Bagh Maota Lake Mehrangarh Mehrangarh Fort Mehtab Bagh Moghul gardens Mohammad Sha Moon Garden Moti Mahal Mughal empire Muhammad Sha Muhammad Sha Sayyid Octopussi Palace hotel Palace of Flowers Palace of the Wind Palace* Phool Mahal Pink City Pradesh.village Ranthambore Ranthambore National Park Sam Sand Dunes Sardar market Sardarmarket Sawai Madhopur Shah Jahan Sheesh Gumbad Sheesh Mahal Shiva Shiw Nivas Shiw Nivas Palace Site* South Asia Street Scenes Taj Lake Palace hotel Taj Mahal Takhat Vilas Thar Thar Desert The Pink City UNESCO Udaipur Unesco* Uttar Water World astronomy bas relief biosphere camel citadel desert festival henna marble mausoleum mosque mughal mural observatory open air market reserve* sari snake charmer sundial tatoo temple turban villagers http://tomnorring.com/blog/2015/3/India Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:57:46 GMT
Ethiopia http://tomnorring.com/blog/2014/10/ethiopia-photo-expedition Photographing in Ethiopia exposes an amazing variety in cultures and environments.

Many more images on:

tomnorring.com/ethiopia

 

Mursi tribe. Militia Village. Mago National Park. Ethiopia,Africa.Mursi tribe. Militia Village. Mago National Park. Ethiopia,Africa._T9C4354

Young woman with head decoration showing her beautifying  body scars. Mursi tribe in Militia Village, Omo Valley.

From the Capital of Addis Ababa to the Coptic Christian 12th century churches in Lalibela in the Northern highlands and to the Omo Valley original tribal lands in the South the variety is astounding.

Ethiopia is considered the origin of Homo Sapiens. The National Museum in Addis Ababa exhibits the 3.2 million years old fossil of "Lucy". She was named after the Beatles "Lucy in the sky with Diamonds" played repeatedly, during the scientists celebration of the discovery the following night.

 

Lucy. 3.2 million year old australopithecine. The missing link. Fossil hominid. National Museum. Addis Ababa. Ethiopia,Africa.Lucy. 3.2 million year old australopithecine. The missing link. Fossil hominid. National Museum. Addis Ababa. Ethiopia,Africa._T9C3965

Lucy. 3.2 million year old australopithecine. The missing link. Fossil hominid. National Museum. Addis Ababa.

 

In the Omo Valley multiple tribes compete for areas where their subsistence farming and pastoral lifestyles enable their survival. This competition has not always been piecefull and even today the tribes are well armed -- just in case.

 

Mursi tribe. Militia Village. Mago National Park. Ethiopia,Africa.Mursi tribe. Militia Village. Mago National Park. Ethiopia,Africa._T9C4294

Young Mursi girls are well armed to protect their tribal area.

Tribes like the Mursi, Hamer, Kara, Daasanech, Konso and Arbore people all compete for the lands in the Omo Valley. Each of these tribes have distinct and very different ancient languages that so far has been preserved.

Mursi tribe. Militia Village. Mago National Park. Ethiopia,Africa.Mursi tribe. Militia Village. Mago National Park. Ethiopia,Africa._T9C4277

Woman with Lip Plate from the Mursi tribe. Militia Village at Mago National Park. Ethiopia.

 

Mursi tribe. Militia Village. Mago National Park. Ethiopia,Africa.Mursi tribe. Militia Village. Mago National Park. Ethiopia,Africa._T9C4273

Young woman from the Mursi Tribe. Ethiopia.

Mursi tribe. Militia Village. Mago National Park. Ethiopia,Africa.Mursi tribe. Militia Village. Mago National Park. Ethiopia,Africa._T9C4298

Mursi tribe woman with Lip Plate removed. Lip Plates are only worn for celebrations and ceremonies and other special occasions.

 

Hamer women at open air market in Dileka. Ethiopia,Africa.Hamer women at open air market in Dileka. Ethiopia,Africa._T9C4594

Hamer Women with their distinctive hairstyle at the Open Air Market.

 

Face painting. Preparing for the Bull Jumping. Hamer tribe. Keske. Omo Valley. Ethiopia,Africa.Face painting. Preparing for the Bull Jumping. Hamer tribe. Keske. Omo Valley. Ethiopia,Africa._T9C4660

Hamer man getting face painting before the Bull Jumping Ceremony.

 

The Bull Jumping Ceremony is a Hamer tribal tradition that makes a young man ready for marriage. The three days festivities that include a Whipping Ceremony, where women deliberately challenge men to whip them, culminates in the Bull Jumping ceremony. During the Bull Jumping the young man jumps and runs over a lineup of bulls at least four times. He is stark naked during the jumping.

 

Young Hamer man Jumping the Bulls ceremony. Marriage "rights of passage". Keske. Ethiopia,Africa.Young Hamer man Jumping the Bulls ceremony. Marriage "rights of passage". Keske. Ethiopia,Africa.IMG_5085  Bull Jumping ceremony. A Hamer tribal tradition to validate the man is ready for marriage.

Another ancient tradition "Mingi" means that a person is impure or ritually polluted. This is a Death sentence. A child declared Mingi will be killed either by abandonment in the wild or drowned. A child can be declared Mingi by tribal elders for example if born out of wedlock or if the upperjaw teeth erupts before the lower jaw or chipping a tooth in childhood.

An organization, Omochild.org , rescues these children before the ritual killing and bring them into an orphanage. They take care of them during their continued upbringing and education. They desperately need help. Go to omochild.org to see how you can help.

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Omo Child orphanage. These kids would be dead if not rescued by the Omo Child organization.

omochild.org

Click on the "Get Involved" tab. 

Other tribes 

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Kara tibe.

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Daasanech tribe.

 

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The city of Lalibela in the Northern part of Ethiopia is very different from the Omo Valley. Lalibela is famous for it's 11 churches dating from the 12th century. They are Coptic Christian churches carved out of monolithic bedrock and mostly under ground level. The churches are declared UNESCO World Heritage.

 

The most famous is the St George church with a distinctive cross carved on the top of the building, which is at ground level.

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Bishop inside church.

 

The Coptic Christian tradition celebrates Meskel annually. This ceremony includes dancing and chanting by the assembled clergy and culminates  in a bonfire.

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Meskel is a colorful and joyful celebration.

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The clergy is lining up and takes active turns in the celebration.

This Ethiopian Photo Expedition arranged by National Geographic was a stark reminder of the amazing multitude of cultures alive and well in this landlocked East African Country.

More images can be found on:

tomnorring.com/ethiopia

 

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Photographing Torres del Paine National Park http://tomnorring.com/blog/2014/7/Torres_del_Paine Torres del Paine sunriseTorres del Paine sunrise

 

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After a long flight from US to Santiago de Chile and another shorter flight to Punta Arenas we drove 230 miles to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia.

The first three nights we lodged at Hotel Las Torres in the area of Lago Nordenskjöld. With this base we sampled some of the most iconic photos of the park.

Many other images are posted on www.tomnorring.com/patagonia

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Photo: Las Torres in sunrise

Photographing both before sunrise and well after sunset we got different light on Las Torres.

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Photo: Las Torres in Sunset

 

However, in this area we also saw abundant wildlife.

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Photo: Grey foxes feast on a Guanaco.

The Grey fox is not a natural predator to the Guanaco. This Guanaco was probably killed by a Mountain Lion.

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Photo: Andean Condors in flight. 

Thermals from the cliffs, peaks and valleys of Patagonia are the perfect environment for the Andean condor. An adult Condor has a wing-span of around 10 feet. In spite of being the largest of any land bird these scavengers are impressive gliders in the air and can stay aloft with minimal effort.

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Photo: Guanaco portrait

Guanacos are one of the largest wild mammal species found in South America. The only natural predator is the Mountain Lion. They are cousins to the the llama and alpaca in the Camelid family. Guanaco are native to the arid, mountainous regions of South America.

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Photo: Austral Pygmy Owl

The Austral Pygmy-Owl is a common owl in the temperate forests of southern Argentina and Chile.

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Photo: Playful Guanacos

 

Our next stop was at Lago Pehoe lodging at Hosteria Pehoe.

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Photo: Hosteria Pehoe with Lago Pehoe's characteristic green/cyan color

 

Towering over the lake was the gigantic granite monoliths of Cuernos  del Paine.

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Photo: Cuernos del Paine in sunrise

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Photo: Cuernos del Paine in sunset

 

The area around Lago Pehoe was rich in picturesque landscapes.

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Photo: Waterfall

River landscape. Torres del Paine National Park. Chile. South America. Unesco biosphere.River landscape. Torres del Paine National Park. Chile. South America. Unesco biosphere._T9C1200

Photo: Panorama

 

We also got lucky as a Caracara decided to pose for us.

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Photo: Caracara portrait

Flying Southern Crested Caracara. Torres del Paine National Park. Chile. South America. Unesco biosphere.Flying Southern Crested Caracara. Torres del Paine National Park. Chile. South America. Unesco biosphere._MG_7340

Photo: Caracara in tree

The Caracara is a bird of prey in the falcon subfamily: falconinae (source: Wikipedia)

 

Next stop was at Lago Grey bordered by the massive Glacier Grey and the jagged ridges and peaks of the Cerro Mountains. Lodging at Hotel Lago Grey.

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Photo: Cerro Mountains

Glacier Grey at Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park. Chile. South America. Unesco biosphere.Glacier Grey at Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park. Chile. South America. Unesco biosphere._T9C2357

Photo: Glacier Grey

Glacier Grey, Pingo and Tyndall all belong to the Southern Patagonia Ice Field located at the Southern Patagonic Andes between Argentina and Chile. It is the world's second largest contiguous ice field located outside the Pole areas.

Source: Wikipedia. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Patagonian_Ice_Field

Glacier Grey. Torres del Paine National Park. Chile. South America. Unesco biosphere.Glacier Grey. Torres del Paine National Park. Chile. South America. Unesco biosphere._T9C2476

Photo: Glacier formations

 

The Magellanic Woodpecker paid a visit.

Male Magellanic Woodpecker in flight. Torres del Paine National Park. Chile. South America. Unesco biosphere.Male Magellanic Woodpecker in flight. Torres del Paine National Park. Chile. South America. Unesco biosphere._T9C2633E

Photo: Magellanic Woodpecker in flight

The Magellanic Woodpecker is an endemic species of the austral temperate forest. The large size, simple and elegant color pattern, as well as the curly and expressive crest of the female strongly suggest the extinct or nearly extinct Imperial (Campephilus imperialis) and Ivory-billed (C. principalis) woodpeckers.

Source: Cornell University

http://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/portal/species/overview?p_p_spp=321821

 

On day 10 we returned to Punta Arenas but had time for one more session photographing morning images of Glacier Grey and Lago Grey.

Glacier Grey at Sunrise. Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park. Chile. South America. Unesco biosphere.Glacier Grey at Sunrise. Lago Grey. Torres del Paine National Park. Chile. South America. Unesco biosphere._T9C2719

Photo: morning at Lago Grey with Glacier Grey partly cloud covered

 

The trip home was another very long drive followed by three long flights.

But it was worth the travel effort.

Torres del Paine National Park is magic.

See more Patagonia images:

http://www.tomnorring.com/patagonia

 

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Grand Canyon Rafting http://tomnorring.com/blog/2014/5/grand-canyon-rafting Grand Canyon blog April 29 to May 9 2014.

 

April 29

Set out in the morning from Lee's Ferry at Mile 0 .The plan is to row down the Colorado River through Grand Canyon for 187 miles.

Cold weather and very cold water waits for the first two days.

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House Rock Rapid rated at 4-7 was most dramatic of the day. Water relatively low so the high end of rating probably most descriptive.

Camped above North Canyon at Mile 19.5. Slept on the ground with spectacular view of the starry sky.

 

April 30

Beautiful morning light in the Canyon.

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Challenged the Roaring 20’s from the morning. Most challenging was the Georgie Rapid rated at up to 7. Mile 24.

Camp at Red Bud Alcove Mile 39.4

 

May 1, 2014

Incredible sunrise colors. Golden reflections in the river.

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Short float to Nankoweap Creek Mile 52, where we camped.  

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After dinner we climbed 500 feet to the Ancestral Anasazi Granaries AD 1100. Spectacular sunset views of the river.

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May 2

Relatively easy day, floating slowly to Little Colorado River Mile 61.25. Water color was a most unusual turquoise due to the mineral concentrations of copper sulfate and calcium carbonate.

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Continued to camp at Cardinas Mile 71.5.

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Enjoyed panoramic sunset views.

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May 3

Another colorful sunrise.

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Starting with dramatic rapids Unkar Rapid, Nevills Rapid, Sockdolager Rapid and Grapevine Rapid all rated up to 7. Hance Rapid up to 8.

Stopped at Clear Creek Canyon for waterfall images. Mile 83.

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Dramatic end to the day when we entered Horn Creek Rapid Mile 90.2. At lower water, formed very large waves and hydraulics. Consequently rated one of the most difficult rapids rated up to 9.

Unfortunately one of our photo guides, QT Luong,  got injured with multiple head cuts and a broken collar bone, when he was thrown up in the air by the rafts violent movements.

We camped at Horn Creek Mile 91. The injured photo instructor was evacuated by helicopter first thing next morning.

May 4

Very long day traversing multiple rapids, many of them very difficult. Granite Rapid and Hermit Rapid at 8 and Crystal Rapid at 10. The guide book about Crystal Rapid: Several very large holes followed by a dangerous rock garden at bottom of rapids on river left.

Fortunately we had now experienced the violence of the rapids and we hang on for “dear life” through them. Nobody got hurt.

 

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Camp set at Elves Chasm Mile 117.

May 5

Morning hike to Elves Chasm Falls through spectacular narrow canyon with small waterfall.

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Ended day with difficult Bedrock Rapid and Deubendorff Rapid rated 8.

Camped at Talking Heads Mile 133

May 6

Early morning start on the water.

Stopped at Deer Creek to enjoy the falls. Mile 137.

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Going through Granite Narrows, the narrowest location of the Colorado River Mile 135.

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Camped at Lower Kanab Creek Mile 144

May 7

Early start on the river to get up to Matkatamiba Canyon  Mile 148.

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Hiked through the slot canyon above the waterfalls.

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At Upset Rapid we hiked to position for shooting the rafts in the rapids.

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All rafts passed without incidents although Rileys raft almost capsized,

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Camped at Lower Ledges Mile 152

May 8

Early start to get to Havasu Canyon and Creek while we still have the morning light.

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Canyon is home to the Havasupai tribe that has inhabited the canyon for more than 800 years.

The striking blue-green color of the creek is due to heavy concentration of Calcium carbonate and the limestone reflections.

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Camped at Lower National Canyon Camp Mile 167

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May 9

Last day on the River.

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Very difficult Rapid at Lava Falls Rapid rated 10. Described as: Perhaps the most difficult run in the entire Canyon.

We all made it to camp at the Whitmore Helipad Mile 186.9.

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The “helipad” was a small flat area not much bigger than a standard one car garage.

May 10

Helicoptered out to Bar 10 Ranch on the rim.

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Then boarded small plane to Flagstaff

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End of unforgettable rafting trip and very tired.

 

 

 

 

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