Another 'ovoo' (or sacred pile of stones) together with more 'khadags (ceremonial blue ribbons), this time on a hill in Terelj National Park, not far from the Tuul River. From Wikipedia:
"An ovoo (Mongolian: овоо, heap) is a type of shamanistic rock cairn found in Mongolia. Ovoos are often found at the top of mountains and high places and at borders and cross-roads. They serve as both navigational aids in a country with few roads and fewer signs, and religious sites, used in worship of the mountains and the sky as well as in Buddhist ceremonies.
Travelers in Mongolia should not pass by an ovoo without stopping. They are expected to stop and circle the ovoo three times in a clockwise direction. They should pick up a rock from the ground and add it to the pile before leaving. Also, travelers may leave offerings in the form of money, milk, or vodka.
Worshippers place a tree branch or stick in the ovoo and tie a blue khadag, a ceremonial silk scarf symbolic of the open sky, to the branch. They then light a fire and make food offerings, followed by a ceremonial dance and prayers (worshippers sitting at the northwest side of the ovoo), and a feast with the food left over from the offering.
During Mongolia's Communist period, ovoo worship was officially prohibited along with other forms of religion, but people still worshipped clandestinely".
Polarized. The dirt track in the valley, is the 'main road' back to Ulan Bator.
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mikolaj_kawa (0) 2008-06-14 1:10
Hello Chris! Amazing place. Excellent landscape. Nice natural lightness and colors. Good capture. Original composition. Well done!
jurek1951 (40949) 2008-06-14 1:10
This picture is a masterpiece,very nice scenery.
great composiiton and nice sharpness,lovely blue sky.
izmirli (3987) 2008-06-14 1:13
merhaba dear chris
excellent naturel colours and landscape.wonderful blue sky and composition.well done.
robertosalguero (246) 2008-06-14 1:15
Nice contrast of green and blue colours. The view is pleasant and the ceremonial aspect is interesting. The composition is very good and the light and details enhance the quality of the image very well. Nice work.
snunney (80647) 2008-06-14 1:28
The lovely blue sky contrasts beautifully with the greens of the forested areas. An excellent point of view with the cairn of stones in the foreground and the splash of colour offered by the ribbons. Superb clarity and excellent natural colours.
Budapestman (82620) 2008-06-14 1:31
Beautiful landscape once more with splendid composition. Colours and lights are picturesque, beautiful country, indeed.
Have a nice weekend
bracasha75 (24517) 2008-06-14 1:45
Place looks "great" for this use,but......
Great nature in BG
Very good sharpnes
Gustaw (21670) 2008-06-14 2:32
Hi, my friend!
Today Mongolia! I like your beautiful nature. Good warm colours and interesting composition. Good light. Well done.
dareco (17134) 2008-06-14 3:43
A most interesting and informative note!! Superb colors once again! Very beautiful countryside! TFS and have a good day!
devimeuxbe (58557) 2008-06-14 4:52
Your report on Mongolia is still beautifull. Colors are amazing here. excellent testimony also on the daily life there.
Have a nice day
azaf1 (15929) 2008-06-14 7:50
A truly TE compo with so much interesting information, something we can't even think it exists. But almost everywhere mountain tops are places of religious significance as we do here in Greece with prophet Elias whose chapels are always at mountain tops
vincz (19113) 2008-06-14 9:26
ha... what a blue in this environment. i like this compo a lot with the tree in the foreground. Great work.
jemaflor (82098) 2008-06-14 10:11
Great view with this landscape, so lovely light to give beautiful colours, well taken.
ysabaner (1069) 2008-06-15 8:02
Very interesting tree, very nice composition.
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-06-15 23:13
Beautiful place, amazing landscape with vivid colours. Nice use of the Polarize.
Greetings from Portugal
marietom (34607) 2008-06-17 0:47
Une jolie composition toute simple, avec de beaux verts et bleus. C'est sobre et très beau.
sacavem (18610) 2008-06-18 2:46
Amazing sky and colours. I like the landscape in order to show us more details.Excellent POV.
TFS and greetings
Paolo (41222) 2008-06-18 3:05
Lost this one in the past days, Chirs, a wondeufl one with that warm colours, the fantastic view on the mounts and the forest.
PixelTerror (0) 2008-06-21 2:47
Nice image of this ovoo guarding the valley, I like this framing opening the view to the zone it is overlooking.
Have a nice week end JY
mumek (20198) 2008-06-24 3:40
Good morning Chris!
Very nice view at the hills coveres by forest.Beautiful composition with lonely dried tree and pile of the stones.The note as usual from you very interesting and informative.Thanks for posting
noborders (1010) 2008-07-17 4:41
Again, I am surprised of the colours of Mongolia (or is it your version with your special, cheerful green ? Hmmm ! only parly so, I guess...) - a country which seems to me very different from Tibet even if it shares part of its culture - but there are similar points too, like this "chorten" (sorry : "ovoo").
Very interesting, I'm travelling in my armchair in fascinating places while visiting your gallery,
banyanman (7789) 2008-07-28 8:19
Hi Chris. This well composed shot really captures the emptiness of the Mongolian countryside well, and your note about the ovoos is very interesting. The CPL filter enhances the technical quality too. Cheers . . . David