Gazelles and Felt-Making
Thursday 7th July
Not long after setting off from Jurchin Gobi camp for Khongoryn Els,
we spotted a gazelle (the more common Mongolian or white-tailed gazelle
Procapra gutturosa). Gana set off after it at once — it was open
desert, so that was bumpy but not dangerous — and doing 80km/hr managed
to catch up to it. Of course I had the wrong lens on the camera, but
shooting from a vehicle moving fast over bumpy rocks wasn't ever going
to give me a good photo.
Soon afterwards a group of nearly a dozen gazelle cut diagonally across
the road in front of us. Again my closeups were all blurred.
We stopped at an isolated ger a few kilometres out of Bulgan. The only
occupant was a teenage girl on her summer holiday — she was watching
television or a DVD while her grandmother and cousin were out herding
goats. But she held the dog off us and invited us in and served us
We stopped in Bulgan for petrol and a quick look at the spring, but
didn't see anything else of the town.
At one point Gana stopped to show us a lizard - how he spotted it while
driving I don't know, but he stopped, got out of the van, chased around,
and next thing there was a lizard sitting there in front of us.
Our longest stop was at a small settlement around a well, where they
were in the middle of felt-making — we pulled up just as the felt roll
was being unhitched from the back of the 4WD that had been pulling it
backwards and forwards. There were also stalls set up to sell rocks
It was a long haul to the east, but it got more interesting as we went
through the mountains — and that's where we stopped for lunch.
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