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APRIL  🌿 // Plant-powered Australian based in L.A. πŸ“· // Nature, wildlife and culture πŸ—Ί // Currently in SoCal

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The eyes of a true hunter. This beauty has been the champion in the Mongolian eagle hunting competition for the last four years in a row. While she's been living with a nomadic family for the last four years, she will be set free when she's approximately ten years old. #eagle #mongolia #πŸ‡²πŸ‡³
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Quintessential Mongolia. In addition to sleeping in tents, trains and hotel rooms, we also slept in traditional gers. I can't even count the number of times in the past month we've been invited into a family's ger to have tea, biscuits and bread, and sometimes invited to stay with them. Can you ever imagine that happening in cities of the west? Where you wander into someone's home and they make tea for you? #mongolia #πŸ‡²πŸ‡³
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Words by @adamskolnick || A winner is crowned! Actually he'd just won one round in the Olgii Naadam Festival wrestling competition. The battles raged for hours, as athletes competed in a bracketed tournament. The winner of each match is the first to force their opponent to place their knee, and elbow or back on the ground. It's relatively non-violent, there are no weight classes, which was funny at times, and the sportsmanship was sterling. So fun to watch! #mongolia #naadam #πŸ‡²πŸ‡³ #wrestling #naadam2017
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Spent the last couple of days amongst the high mountains with a Kazakh nomadic family. The father of the family, Shaaimurat Askhabil is a 53 year old champion eagle hunter who has won the national Eagle Festival the last four years in a row. His winning status has taken him to eagle festivals in Dubai, Kazakhstan and Russia. #mongolia #eaglehunter #πŸ‡²πŸ‡³ #westernmongolia
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Out of the Gobi and into the western part of Mongolia which almost borders Kazakhstan. Unlike the majority of the country, the most common religion in the west is Islam (its mostly Buddhism everywhere else in the country). I love photographing faces and it's been interesting shooting and observing the differences between the Kazakh and Mongol people here in Olgii. #mongolia #πŸ‡²πŸ‡³
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All aboard the Trans-Mongolian! Took the sleeper train from Ulaanbaatar to the Mongolia/China border town of Zamiin-Uud which was roughly a 14-15 hour journey in total. With not a lick of English being spoken around here and the Cyrillic alphabet to get our heads around, Google Translate has been a savior! Oh, the places you go, @adamskolnick... (who also took this photo) πŸ™„πŸ˜‚ #mongolia #transmongolian #πŸ‡²πŸ‡³
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The Bactrian camels in Mongolia are incredible animals. They have the ability to go without water for months at a time, but when water is available they can drink up to 57 liters at once. They're an efficient source of both food and income to the Mongolian people, providing them with milk to drink and wool to make felt objects that are sold to foreigners. #mongolia #gobidesert #gobi #πŸ‡²πŸ‡³ #sunset #camel #🐫
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Words by @adamskolnick || Young lamas taking a break outside of the Erdene Zuu Monastery, the oldest Buddhist center in Mongolia, built on the site of Chinggis Khan's old capitol city of Kharkhorin. So much art, beauty and spirit. Easily our favorite cultural site we've visited so far. Next up... the Trans Mongolian railroad! #mongolia #kharkhorin #buddhism #πŸ‡²πŸ‡³
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Traveling up from the Gobi through central Mongolia has shown us a whole other side of the country. We've seen the landscape change from the dry and desolate desert to gradient pastures that look straight up like an oil painting. #mongolia #centralmongolia #πŸ‡²πŸ‡³ #horses
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Barefoot in the blazing hot sands of the Gobi Desert, the climb up to the 300m high dunes of Khongoryn Els was one of the most painful ones I've endured. Not only was the sand so hot that we had to sit down multiple times but we were constantly getting sand blasted in the face by the strong gusts of the Gobi. Hands down, the harshest, most desolate and unforgiving places I've ever set foot on. #gobidesert #gobi #mongolia #πŸ‡²πŸ‡³ #khongorynels #sanddunes
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