Stan Lee Pengelly's Travels

The Mustang Kingdom Trip, Part 1

The Mustang Kingdom Trip, Part 1
About 40 million years ago a huge drifting island chunk of Earth’s crust humans would eventually name India came ashore on the southern part of Eurasia. The collision slowed India down by half as it continued to bulldoze its way northward. The density of rock on both sides of the two plates was similar so rather than one plate subducting…

Mekong River Journey

Mekong River Journey
I guess the problem was that nothing was what I thought it would be. Laos, I mean. The Mekong River. Traveling in the Third World is sometimes like that: you never know what you will experience, but it will always be memorable. The other tourists and I had a few hours before crossed into Laos from Thailand’s Golden Triangle, just…

Mogolian Horse Trek Part Three: Photographing the Naadam Horse Race

Mogolian Horse Trek Part Three:  Photographing the Naadam Horse Race
I’ve traveled with two pro photographers: Thomas Kelly (Mongolia) and Nevada Wier (Sri Lanka, Peru, China) and have learned from both.  I like to watch how they work and what they are looking for in a photo.  In this blog I’m going to describe how both teacher-photographers influenced a photo I made in Mongolia with Thomas and why it is…

Mongolian Horse Trek, Part One: The Wild Ride

Mongolian Horse Trek, Part One:  The Wild Ride
2/25/2014 At this point in the trek, I’d been riding this half-wild Mongolian horse for two hours.  And for two hours, I’d been fighting his desire, his intense craving, to lunge into an exhilarating gallop, taking me to the edge of what I could do to hang on.  A few miles back, myself and the other riders were told to…