Preparing for Winter
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

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
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

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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Living (room) on the Pasture
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

Living (room) on the Pasture

Ten years ago, in 2009, we were just beginning our photo shoot history. We had a new product, willing models and the endless grassland for back...

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Spring
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

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
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

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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Spring  on the Horizon
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

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
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

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
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

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
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

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
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

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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The Tibetan Tent
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

The Tibetan Tent

Tibetan nomads have lived in their black yak hair tents for as long as anyone can remember. Depending on the area they live in and the conditio...

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Snow
Natural Surroundings and Seasons

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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