Mongolia - Elsen Tasarkhai Dunes

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July 8. We woke up to find that a large flock of sheep and goats was grazing just outside the fence of our ger camp. An hour or so later they had completely disappeared in the vast landscape.


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The vivid roof of the dining ger against the ruffled blue sky made a striking picture.


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After breakfast we drove to the dunes that are a characteristic feature of Elsen Tasarkhai. Another ger camp is nestled right up to the dunes.


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From the top of the dunes we looked down on a small flock of black goats grazing the sparse vegetation. Goats do well in this sort of terrain.


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Camel tenders waiting for tourists to pay to have their pictures taken with the animals, or to take a little ride.


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We passed a large ovoo, a pile of rocks, prayer scarves, low-denomination bills, and other objects left by Buddhists to celebrate good fortune. These piles can grow over time to impressive size.


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On elevated ground nearby was a group of stupas, standing elegantly against the horizon, with a small ovoo in the foreground.

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