Traditional Khazak Eagle Hunter of Mongolia. During the communist period in Khazakhstan (1920-1991), many Khazaks fled to Mongolia settling in Bayan-Olglii province in the western part of the country and bringing with them their 4000 year old tradition of hunting with eagles. Their falconry custom involves hunting with golden eagles on horseback, primarily hunting red foxes, rabbits and corsac foxes. They use eagles to hunt foxes and hares during the cold winter months when it is easier to see the gold colored foxes against the snow. Although the Khazak government has made efforts to lure the practitioners of these Kazakh traditions back to Khazakhstan, most have remained in Mongolia. For Khazakhs living in western Mongolia, hunting with eagles is a proud art, and one of the highest expressions of their cultural heritage. Today, the art is slowly dying out as younger generations often do not take an interest in the old ways. It is estimated there are less than 100 traditional eagle hunters left in the world. For these remaining few, it is not simply an important tradition or an extraordinary sport; it is their reason to live.
Lake Sebu, South Cotabato - the T'boli create handcrafts true to their culture. i.e. the beaded brass bracelet called 'Klung' is reminiscent and inspired by their shields.
Brass work by @sesotunawa and up for grabs at @anthillfabric ❤
Glimpse into The Future✨⭐️💫
My obsession for space is endless just like the skies. So as this world exists and possibly many many many other worlds like it, I can’t help but compare humans to planets. To stars. To anything astronomical. We are intense, immense, ever growing, ever evolving, full of life, hope, dreams and made of star dust & sand. We have dark sides to us, some more than others. We battle storms, we cry, we find radiance, and we glow. We tend to have people “stars” we orbit around. We absorb light from these external sources but also from our light within and we give back, we flourish beautifully like plants and trees and jungles.
We are planets, of some sort.
Or at least, I like to think of it that way.
So, here’s to me & here’s to you. You wonderful human, a glowing planet. Maybe not as stormy as Jupiter or as radiant as Venus, but just as full of flourishing life as Earth.
That’s all for now. Maybe one day I’ll explain what this actually all means. Because, there’s always a deeper underlying meaning. But I think that’s enough for today 😂
PS: this edit looks cool in B&W as well! Swipe ——>
Leopard in the Moonlight. On a game drive in the Greater Kruger ecosystem, I was lucky enough to come across a lovely leopard patrolling his territory for his next potential meal. It was one of those beautiful African nights, no wind, quiet, comfortable temperature, driving slowly offroad in an open air vehicle. It was also an incredibly bright full moon night that bathed the surrounding forest and sandy savannah flats in an ethereal bluish tint. So bright was the moon's light, there was no need for vehicle lights or even a flashlight as we continued to track alongside the leopard. At one point, the moon was temporarily obscured by a passing cloud and then re-emerged shining like a spotlight. It was at this point that even the leopard appeared to take notice and for a brief moment, paused to gaze upon the bright light shining in the sky overhead. Made me ponder for a second, do cats appreciate nature's beauty? Experiences like this are one of the many reasons I find myself returning to Africa year after year.