OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy daughter worked at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. They held their graduation ceremony at the Opera House and Sharon had to pass backstage. She knew there were props but it was totally black back there. She brought out her Olympus point and shoot and went click, click, click. Many were taken but this was the keeper.

Today we did some post-processing to fix the washed out parts from the flash and get the colors the way she wants so she can get it printed on metal. She found a jewel lurking backstage.

Humanity: Kyrgyzstan

I was looking through my files of photographs taken during a trip to Kyrgyzstan to visit my daughter in 2009. We took some beautiful photographs of scenery and I enjoy them, they evoke memories of being in certain places. But the photographs I enjoy the most are those of the people I met along the way. I was invited into the homes of her friends, and into a family’s yurt for supper while visiting the highland summer pastures of Son Kul. We walked the streets of Bishkek and also the village streets in the countryside. How interesting it is to watch people as they are living their lives.

We may have different values and customs, and different routines to our daily lives, but we all need love and safety, we all need the means to feed ourselves and we all teach our children. We dream dreams, work hard, and hopefully have the opportunity to grow old with dignity.

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Unique Homes

Jake has challenged us to show examples of unique homes. Sometimes a home is unique only because I am not familiar with the style but it is very common within its context. Other times, a home is unique within its context. This is the summer home for families who take their herds up to the mountain pastures to graze at Son Kul, Kyrgyzstan. We stopped at this home because our guide had been told they were milking their mares. It is the end of April and it is snowing.


Here is a post on our breakfast bed and breakfast:

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Moving Nomads

Michele, one of those creative people at WordPress who give us inspiration for our posting, asked us about living the nomadic life and moving. I immediately thought of one of my favorite photos taken on the highland pastures of Son Kul in Kyrgyzstan. I was there in late spring – when the pass was just opening up. Nomatic Kyrgyz were moving their yurts, belongings, families and herds to the green pastures high in the mountains. Because Kyrgyzstan is quite arid, they move from the dry village at lower elevations to the lake and grasslands. Here is moving day for one nomadic family.



Building a Yurt, Setting up the summer home.

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