Celebrating Summer
Animals and Surroundings

Celebrating Summer

Summer is short on the Tibetan Plateau, beginning in late June with the hills gradually turning green. By late September, the wind, with a biti...

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Thartsang Tso
Animals and Surroundings

Thartsang Tso

Thartsang Tso is a sacred lake near Labrang where people make offerings on auspicious dates. They raise prayer flags and throw papers inscribed...

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Gazelles
Animals and Surroundings

Gazelles

Gazelles are a familiar site in Ritoma. They come closest to humans in winter, when they follow the herds of yak and sheep to the winter areas ...

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Song of Spring
Animals and Surroundings

Song of Spring

Spring is a crucial time for nomads. Though the warming weather and the thawing ice bring a positive note, spring is also marked by herds of ya...

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The Kangtsa Cave
Animals and Surroundings

The Kangtsa Cave

In 2010, we discovered the nearby monastery of Kangtsa, a beautiful, small monastery surrounded by junipers and spread over a hill in a quiet, ...

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Wind Horse
Animals and Surroundings

Wind Horse

Tibetans believe that wind is a positive energy, a strong and exuberant force that can yield great power. This wind can be ridden, like a horse...

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STONE WALLS
Animals and Surroundings

STONE WALLS

Massive stone walls are found everywhere in Tibet, carved out from the vast array of stone found all over the plateau, and dating to a time whe...

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Fabrics in the Wind
Animals and Surroundings

Fabrics in the Wind

A fence across the pasture, a banner, a ribbon against the sky. They blow in the wind, changing shade and color like the clouds…. Norlha fabric...

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NORLHA IN LHASA, TIBET
Animals and Surroundings

NORLHA IN LHASA, TIBET

Not yet ten years old, Norlha has become a sustainable enterprise. More than a concept it's a philosophy reflected by an impressive range of pr...

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Nomad Crossroads in Autumn Fields
Animals and Surroundings

Nomad Crossroads in Autumn Fields

Fall, the crossroad between summer and winter, is the time to harvest oats. Surrounding the local nomads winter houses are oat fields planted t...

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The Alpine Chough
Animals and Surroundings

The Alpine Chough

Ritoma resounds with the cawking of black birds that flutter on the grassland and compete with pigeons for nesting spots between the beams of h...

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Love Your Horse
Animals and Surroundings

Love Your Horse

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