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Steppe Collection

The steppe, a vast and diverse landscape, stretches across continents, captivating the imagination with its unique features

Background imageSteppe Collection: Eagle hunters on route to the Eagle Hunters festival near Ulgii in western Mongolia

Eagle hunters on route to the Eagle Hunters festival near Ulgii in western Mongolia October

Background imageSteppe Collection: Steppe-desert border, satellite image

Steppe-desert border, satellite image. North is at top. Arid areas of desert rock are brown, while grassy steppe areas are green. A small area of desert sands (yellow) is seen at far centre right

Background imageSteppe Collection: Map of Soviet Central Asia

Map of Soviet Central Asia - showing marked tour routes. Date: 1933

Background imageSteppe Collection: Kiang (Equus kiang) herd grazing on steppe in evening light, mountains in background

Kiang (Equus kiang) herd grazing on steppe in evening light, mountains in background. Hoh Xil Nature Reserve, Tibetan plateau, Qinghai, China. October 2019

Background imageSteppe Collection: Horses graze on grasslands located around 200km (62 miles

Horses graze on grasslands located around 200km (62 miles) south-west of the Mongolian capital city Ulan Bator April 4, 2012

Background imageSteppe Collection: Bee-eater Merops apiaster Spanish Steppes Spain May

Bee-eater Merops apiaster Spanish Steppes Spain May

Background imageSteppe Collection: A camel with nomad yurt tents in the distance, Xilamuren grasslands, Inner Mongolia province

A camel with nomad yurt tents in the distance, Xilamuren grasslands, Inner Mongolia province, China, Asia

Background imageSteppe Collection: Horses grazing on the Mongolian steppe under a cloudy sky, South Hangay, Mongolia

Horses grazing on the Mongolian steppe under a cloudy sky, South Hangay, Mongolia, Central Asia, Asia

Background imageSteppe Collection: Russia - steppe in early summer - typical landscape along the river Ural - near Kuvandyk town

Russia - steppe in early summer - typical landscape along the river Ural - near Kuvandyk town - Orenburg region - South
ANZ-1334 Russia - steppe in early summer landscape along the river Ural - near Kuvandyk town - Orenburg region - South Russia Andrey Zvoznikov Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageSteppe Collection: Cheetahs Looking For Prey

Cheetahs Looking For Prey
Ken Liang

Background imageSteppe Collection: Spring under the Tatras

Spring under the Tatras
Peter Hrabinsky

Background imageSteppe Collection: Glacier

Glacier
Irene Wu

Background imageSteppe Collection: Woman carrying milk, Norangsdal, Norway

Woman carrying milk, Norangsdal, Norway
3561164 Woman carrying milk, Norangsdal, Norway by Unknown photographer, (20th century); (add.info.: Norangsdal, Norway 1900-1910 ca. Photographer: Unidentified Author); Alinari Archives, Florence

Background imageSteppe Collection: Buman (Illig Qaghan), founder of Kaghanate Bum�an (Illig Qaghan)

Buman (Illig Qaghan), founder of Kaghanate Bum�an (Illig Qaghan)
Bumin Khagan (Illig Qaghan, reigned 551-552), founder of the Turkic Kaghanate. This form of government was typical for the Eurasian Steppe from the 6th to the 10th century. circa 6th century

Background imageSteppe Collection: Horses grazing in steppe grassland, Altanbulag, Mongolia

Horses grazing in steppe grassland, Altanbulag, Mongolia

Background imageSteppe Collection: Juvenile Pallas cat (Otocolobus manul) outside den, Mongolia, June

Juvenile Pallas cat (Otocolobus manul) outside den, Mongolia, June

Background imageSteppe Collection: View of a double rainbow over steppe grassland, Mongolia, 2018

View of a double rainbow over steppe grassland, Mongolia, 2018

Background imageSteppe Collection: Close up of a juvenile Pallas cat (Otocolobus manul) resting in its den, Mongolia

Close up of a juvenile Pallas cat (Otocolobus manul) resting in its den, Mongolia, June

Background imageSteppe Collection: Little owl (Athene noctua) taking off, Bagerova Steppe, Kerch Peninsula, Crimea, Ukraine

Little owl (Athene noctua) taking off, Bagerova Steppe, Kerch Peninsula, Crimea, Ukraine, July 2009

Background imageSteppe Collection: Chilean flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis) group of three in flight, Lago Amarga

Chilean flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis) group of three in flight, Lago Amarga, Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile

Background imageSteppe Collection: Salbyk kurgan, tumulus, 5th century BC, Khakassia, Russia

Salbyk kurgan, tumulus, 5th century BC, Khakassia, Russia

Background imageSteppe Collection: Kyrgyzstan landscape with a Yurt and children in foreground

Kyrgyzstan landscape with a Yurt and children in foreground and Pamir mountains in the background. Sary Tash, Kyrgyzistan, Central Asia

Background imageSteppe Collection: Landscape of valley near Sary Tash with wild horses and Pamir mountains in the background

Landscape of valley near Sary Tash with wild horses and Pamir mountains in the background. Sary Tash, Kyrgyzistan, Central Asia

Background imageSteppe Collection: Adenium obesum in Lake Natron area, Northern Tanzania, with the active volcano Ol Doinyo

Adenium obesum in Lake Natron area, Northern Tanzania, with the active volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai (Oldoinyo Lengai) in the background

Background imageSteppe Collection: Balbals, ancient Turkic sculptures (6th-10th century), near Burana tower, Chuy oblast

Balbals, ancient Turkic sculptures (6th-10th century), near Burana tower, Chuy oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Background imageSteppe Collection: Jeti Oguz Rocks, near Karakol, Issyk Kul oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Jeti Oguz Rocks, near Karakol, Issyk Kul oblast, Kyrgyzstan

Background imageSteppe Collection: Mongolian nomadic gers in the steppe. North Hangay province, Mongolia

Mongolian nomadic gers in the steppe. North Hangay province, Mongolia

Background imageSteppe Collection: Wild Wild Horses #10

Wild Wild Horses #10
Bruno Lavi

Background imageSteppe Collection: Church in Nikolsk settlement, Golodnaia Steppe, between 1905 and 1915

Church in Nikolsk settlement, Golodnaia Steppe, between 1905 and 1915. Creator: Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky
Church in Nikolsk settlement, Golodnaia Steppe, between 1905 and 1915. In album: Views in Central Asia, Russian Empire

Background imageSteppe Collection: Ural Cossack (in the steppes), 1862. Creator: Karpov

Ural Cossack (in the steppes), 1862. Creator: Karpov
Ural Cossack (in the steppes), 1862. Sheet 8 from the album "Description ethnographique des peuples de la Russie", volume 1

Background imageSteppe Collection: The Kachin Steppe. Mount Kokh-Takh (Blue Mountain), Where Sacrificial Offerings are Conducted

The Kachin Steppe. Mount Kokh-Takh (Blue Mountain), Where Sacrificial Offerings are Conducted, 1894. Creator: Unknown
The Kachin Steppe. Mount Kokh-Takh (Blue Mountain), Where Sacrificial Offerings are Conducted, 1894. From the album Puteshestviya P. Ye

Background imageSteppe Collection: The Town of Kainsk in Tomsk Province in the Barabinsk Steppe, at 500 Versts From Tomsk, 1880-1897

The Town of Kainsk in Tomsk Province in the Barabinsk Steppe, at 500 Versts From Tomsk, 1880-1897. From a collection of paintings, lithographs, sketches, studies, and drawings

Background imageSteppe Collection: View of the Barabinsk Steppe Near Kainsk City, 1880-1897. Creator: Pavel Mikhailovich Kosharov

View of the Barabinsk Steppe Near Kainsk City, 1880-1897. Creator: Pavel Mikhailovich Kosharov
View of the Barabinsk Steppe Near Kainsk City, 1880-1897. From a collection of paintings, lithographs, sketches, studies, and drawings

Background imageSteppe Collection: View of a Village in the Barabinsk Steppe in Winter, 1880-1897. Creator: Pavel Mikhailovich Kosharov

View of a Village in the Barabinsk Steppe in Winter, 1880-1897. Creator: Pavel Mikhailovich Kosharov
View of a Village in the Barabinsk Steppe in Winter, 1880-1897. From a collection of paintings, lithographs, sketches, studies, and drawings

Background imageSteppe Collection: Coach and Escort Service in the Steppes, 19th century. Creator: Nikolay Nikolaevich Karazin

Coach and Escort Service in the Steppes, 19th century. Creator: Nikolay Nikolaevich Karazin
Coach and Escort Service in the Steppes, 19th century. One of 21 watercolors (out of an original 27) from an album relating to the history of the Siberian Cossacks held by the Rare Books Department

Background imageSteppe Collection: View From the Armankoi Mountain to the South-East Kuraiskaya Heights Altai, 1880-1897

View From the Armankoi Mountain to the South-East Kuraiskaya Heights Altai, 1880-1897. From a collection of paintings, lithographs, sketches, studies, and drawings

Background imageSteppe Collection: Windmills on the Baraba Steppe near Omsk, 1904. Creator: Boris Vasilievich Smirnov

Windmills on the Baraba Steppe near Omsk, 1904. Creator: Boris Vasilievich Smirnov
Windmills on the Baraba Steppe near Omsk, 1904. Boris Vasilievich Smirnov (1881-1954) was a Russian artist who in 1904 traveled by prisoner transport from western Russia across Siberia

Background imageSteppe Collection: Ancient horse breeders, Kazakhstan

Ancient horse breeders, Kazakhstan
Kazakh men of an ancient tribe on horseback, leading a herd of horses through the steppe

Background imageSteppe Collection: Clouds over steppe grassland, Altanbulag, Mongolia

Clouds over steppe grassland, Altanbulag, Mongolia

Background imageSteppe Collection: Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) males drinking Astrakhan Steppe, Southern Russia

Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) males drinking Astrakhan Steppe, Southern Russia

Background imageSteppe Collection: Grey wolf (Canis lupus) with Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) in the background

Grey wolf (Canis lupus) with Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) in the background, Astrakhan Steppe, Southern Russia

Background imageSteppe Collection: Male Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) running, Cherniye Zemli (Black Earth) Nature Reserve

Male Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) running, Cherniye Zemli (Black Earth) Nature Reserve, Kalmykia, Russia, May 2009. WWE OUTDOOR EXHIBITION. WWE BOOK

Background imageSteppe Collection: Stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) Bagerova Steppe, Kerch Peninsula, Crimea, Ukraine

Stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) Bagerova Steppe, Kerch Peninsula, Crimea, Ukraine, July 2009

Background imageSteppe Collection: Stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) by nest, Bagerova Steppe, Kerch Peninsula, Crimea

Stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) by nest, Bagerova Steppe, Kerch Peninsula, Crimea, Ukraine, July 2009

Background imageSteppe Collection: Little owl (Athene noctua) perched on a fence post, stretching its wings, Castro Verde

Little owl (Athene noctua) perched on a fence post, stretching its wings, Castro Verde, Alentejo, Portugal, April

Background imageSteppe Collection: Path through the nature reserve Morsum-Kliff, Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Path through the nature reserve Morsum-Kliff, Sylt, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Background imageSteppe Collection: A guanaco inside the natural reserve of the Estancia 25 de Mayo, El Calafate, Argentina

A guanaco inside the natural reserve of the Estancia 25 de Mayo, El Calafate, Argentina

Background imageSteppe Collection: Rhyolite mountains, In the foreground cottongrass field, Landmannalaugar, South Iceland

Rhyolite mountains, In the foreground cottongrass field, Landmannalaugar, South Iceland, Iceland



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The steppe, a vast and diverse landscape, stretches across continents, captivating the imagination with its unique features. From the steppe-desert border captured in satellite images to the horses gracefully grazing on grasslands located around 200km away, this terrain holds an undeniable allure. In Soviet Central Asia, marked by a map showcasing its expanse, one can witness the rich cultural tapestry woven into this region. Eagle hunters embark on their journey towards the renowned Eagle Hunters festival near Ulgii in western Mongolia, adding a touch of ancient tradition to this modern world. As evening descends upon the steppe, a Kiang herd grazes peacefully under the soft glow of twilight while majestic mountains stand tall in the background. The Spanish steppes come alive as Bee-eaters flutter through vibrant skies during May's embrace. A camel stands proudly amidst nomad yurt tents dotting Inner Mongolia province's Xilamuren grasslands - an enchanting sight that transports you back to simpler times. Horses graze leisurely beneath cloudy skies in South Hangay, Mongolia - a scene that evokes tranquility and freedom. Russia's early summer unveils typical landscapes along the river Ural near Kuvandyk town - home to Himalayan Marmots and Red-cheeked Sousliks seeking refuge within these sprawling habitats. Meanwhile, Guanacos stand regally against Cuernos del Paine's iconic backdrop - nature's masterpiece blending seamlessly with wildlife. Venturing further reveals hidden gems like Rangipo Desert or Ameland Dunes; each offering its own charm within this expansive realm known as "steppe. " Whether it be endless horizons or delicate ecosystems thriving against all odds, there is no denying that this awe-inspiring landscape leaves an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to witness its wonders.