Preparing for Winter
Animals and Surroundings

Preparing for Winter

When the fall pasture begins to deplete, it is time to bring the animals into winter mode. The oats, the animal’s winter feed are ripe for harv...

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Autumn is here
Animals and Surroundings

Autumn is here

Autumn turns the pasture from green to rust, bushes to reds and pinks, creating a riot of new colors against an intensely blue sky. Berries app...

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The Yak Deconstructed
Animals and Surroundings

The Yak Deconstructed

The yak is the nomad’s most precious commodity, the source of all his ‘nor’ or wealth and the main bovine on the Tibetan Plateau. A distant cou...

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Spring
Animals and Surroundings

Spring

Nature on the Tibetan Plateau takes time to awake from its slumber. Snow continues to alternate with sun and the pasture gradually morphs from ...

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This time in 2007
Animals and Surroundings

This time in 2007

In April 2007 the budding Norlha team was back from Nepal, our looms and equipment had arrived, transported by truck from Kathmandu to Lhasa, t...

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Babies and spring
Animals and Surroundings

Babies and spring

Spring on the Tibetan Plateau has a false dullness characterized by a bare landscape of tawny earth that slashes into dust storms at the slight...

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Spring  on the Horizon
Animals and Surroundings

Spring on the Horizon

January on the Tibetan Plateau. The landscape is bare, immersed in shades of yellow and rusty reds. The dust flies and animals graze what is le...

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Natural Shades
Animals and Surroundings

Natural Shades

Herds of Yak are visible from miles away, black dots on green or yellow pasture. Up close, they appear mostly dark brown, with some lighter ani...

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Around Norlha
Animals and Surroundings

Around Norlha

The Norlha Atelier stands at the entrance of Ritoma village, after the basketball court and before the spread of winter houses and the sprawlin...

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Ice
Animals and Surroundings

Ice

Glistening, cold, slippery, stark and pitiless, ice is an integral part of winter. Ice on the Plateau is never very far away; in late august, i...

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Fog
Animals and Surroundings

Fog

Clouds roll over the Plateau bringing rain and snow. In summer or early fall, when the air is humid, they often lie low creating a blanket of f...

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Snow
Animals and Surroundings

Snow

Tibet is sometimes called The Land of Snows, though not all areas of the Plateau see regular snowfall. In Ritoma, winters are too cold for snow...

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