Mongolian nature has a stark beauty of its own

Most of these public domain pictures of Mongolian nature come from my friends who live there. In them you can see the Mongolian desert and the Mongolian plateau, as well as forests and rivers. The cameras used are not those for professional photography, but with such magnificent scenes any photograph is striking.

The stark beauty of Mongolian scenery attracts me but it is a hard life there. In the last twenty years there have been periods of extremely harsh weather and famines that have killed off much of the livestock. The Mongolian people recover and continue.

Mongolia is completely landlocked, with an area of 1.6 million square kilometres, which is about the size of Alaska. It has desert and semi-desert plains, mountains, and the Gobi Desert. There are some grassy steppe lands and, as you see below, some forests, but Mongolia has only 0.76% arable land so it's not surprising that it has many nomadic herders.

I have done no digital processing on the photographs you see below. What you see is as faithful to nature as possible with camera and computer reproduction. Please be patient while this page loads since it has 25 photographs on it.

black Gobi Desert

What you see here is the Gobi Desert.

Gobi Desert sand dune

Camels are still used in the Gobi (see next photograph) but there are more modern ways to get around too. (These ways do not include canoes; "Gobi Desert Canoe Club" is a blues bar in Finland as well as a music group from the late 1980s.)

Camel and other transportation in Gobi Desert

Edge of Gobi Desert

Mongolian grassland at Hustai

The area pictured above is part of Hustai National Park, about 100 km west of Ulaanbaatar. This is a preserve where you can see wild Mongolian horses, called Takhi or Przewalski's Horses. See this page for pictures of these horses.

Mountains in Mongolia

Sunlit Mongolian mountains

Hovsgol Mongolia canyon in winter

The place above is part of Hovsgol (also called "Khovsgol") which is the most northern aimag (i.e. province) of Mongolia. Obviously, this is a winter shot of Mongolian nature.

Mongolian mountain lake

Mongolian mountain ger (yurt)

Below you see some of the traditional, and still widely used, Mongolian tent homes of the nomads. The yurt (also called a "ger") is not so much a tent as it is a portable home. They can be set up almost anywhere the nomads care to go, and they are seen all over, from city suburbs to barren mountainsides. Now look back at the photograph above, which was taken from an airplane. See the white speck on the mountain? Yes, it's a yurt.

Yurts in Mongolia

Bayandun, Dornod. Mongolian countryside

The place above is called Bayandun. It is a "soum" (i.e. district) of Dornod Aimag, the easternmost province of Mongolia. Notice the lack of trees.

Lack of firewood can be a problem in winter, as in the area pictured below.

Mongolian village in winter

Mountains of Mongolia

In the picture below, don't you just expect to see Maria singing "the hills are alive with the sound of music"?

Mongolian meadow

Mongolian ger by forest

When visiting Mongolia, one of the possibilities for a tourist is to stay in a yurt. In Mongolian nature settings like you see here, it wouldn't seem like much of a hardship would it? (At least, not in the warm months of the year.)

Mongolian forest near mountain

In the photo above, we see Hovsgul again, this time in the autumn.

Mongolian river

Mongolia rainbow over forest and mountain

Rainbows make any scene look beautiful...

Lush Mongolian forest

...but many Mongolian scenes need no rainbow to take your breath away.

Sun-dappled Mongolian forest

Hustai National Park, Mongolia

Above is another part of Hustai National Park, where the wild horses roam.

Mongolia sunset over mountains

Mongolian sunset over river

Mongolia sunset over grassland

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