Gurung Honey Hunters: Preserving The World’s Greatest Traditions

Few have witnessed—let alone captured—the centuries-old traditions of the Gurung honey hunters. Located in the Himalayan foothills of central Nepal, these tribe members utilize centuries of generational wisdom to extract wild honey from hives located hundreds of feet in the air. World-renowned photographer Andrew Newey documents the extraordinary ceremony, which takes place twice a year, with his incredible photographs.

The Gurung Honey Hunters Carry Out An Ancient Tradition

Before collecting the wild honey, the Gurung honey hunters perform a ceremony that consists of sacrificing both food and animals to appease the region’s gods. Then, tribe members make the 3-hour trek to the hives, which are precariously located on steep cliffs. While the Gurung honey hunters use smoke to extract the bees, this process doesn’t prevent them from getting stung. Painful stings, rope burns and blisters are all part of the wild honey hunting experience.


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Portland’s Breathtaking Japanese Gardens

Amid rainy evenings and vast expanses of trees in Portland, Oregon, lies a beautiful 5.5-acre space known as Portland’s Japanese gardens. Considered the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, these gardens attract thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. The park, which has existed for nearly 50 years, contains five different Japanese gardens: the Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, the Natural Garden, the Tea Garden and the Sand and Stone Garden.

Colorful Japanese Gardens

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The Fantastic Turquoise Ice Of Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal

Located in Siberia, Laka Baikal is the largest freshwater lake on the planet that contains approximately 20 percent of the Earth’s freshwater. Apart from being the oldest lake in the world at over 25 million years old, Lake Baikal is also home to over two thousand varieties of flora and fauna, of which almost 1,600 are endemic to the lake.

The water of Lake Baikal is renowned for being some of the clearest in the world. When the lake freezes during the winter, an amazing phenomena takes place: large shards of transparent ice form on the surface of the lake, giving the amazing appearance of turquoise ice.

Lake Baikal Frozen

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The Beautiful Brooklyn Home Of Norman Mailer

Located above the Brooklyn Heights Promenade on Columbia Street, the home of renowned author and one-time New York mayoral candidate Norman Mailer is a fourth floor walk up in a 25-foot wide townhouse. Redesigned in the 1970’s with a focus on the nautical, the home has the look and feel of a ship, complete with a hammock, a trapeze swing dangling from the ceiling and a rope ladder.

Traversing the three-story home requires climbing ladders and narrow stairs while access to the writer’s office requires braving a narrow gangplank. With a terrace overlooking the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline, Mailer’s home is privy to some of the best views in New York City, making the $2.5 million asking price almost reasonable:

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Norman Mailer National Book Award

Along with the home, the Mailer family was including the original accoutrements in the sale, including 2 of Norman Mailer's National Book Awards.

Normal Mailer Brooklyn Home

Along with the home, the Mailer family was including the original accoutrements in the sale, including 2 of Norman Mailer's National Book Awards.

All images via this New York Times gallery and for more information on the home, see the complementing New York Times article.

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