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A Shepherd’s Home In Xinjiang, China

Cat. No. 1013 Kazakh Shepherd Home, Xinjiang – 9in x 12in – Oil on Linen

These are the homes of the Kazakh shepherds on the high grasslands near Xiata in the province of Xinjiang, China. It is fascinating to see first hand the life of the sheep herders here. They live a fairly simple life in sheepskin yurts on the plains, surrounded by this magnificent scenery. The colors on the grasslands at sunset are rich and varied, and the backdrop of the Tian Shan mountains is amazing. The best light is just a few minutes before sunset. I had to work extremely quickly to capture the colors here before they changed too much. It was dark before I packed up my gear.

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