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Today was a long travel day, and we were up and packed and on the road early in order to ensure we had enough time to get over the mountains. Our drive took us away from the lush pastures of the center of the country and further south, into a much more air region. We were drawing closer to the border with Uzbekistan , and our rout would take us within 200 miles of Afghanistan with just a thin strip of Tajikistan in between.

We stopped at a small village for lunch, foraging for ourselves among sparsely stocked stores. I believe I had a nutritious meal of a Snickers bar, bottle of coke and a pastry. As we drove through another village we saw what would have to be on my top five list of most unbelievable things I’ve seen in my life. Along side of the road was a Lada, and on its roof was welded a giant bird cage, at least three feet tall, which housed a Golden Eagle. It went by so quickly not a single one of use managed a photograph, sadly, but I will never rid the image burned in my mind of an eagle traveling along the road in a cage on top of a car.

The last half of our travel day took us along the incredible Naryn River, which cut through a narrow gorge of dry, rocky mountains. This river is the most unbelievable shade of blue-green you can imagine. Our route was down a narrow, twisty road and I counted 6 overturned vehicles within the first few miles alone.

Yes, the water really was this color, though it got less intense the wider the river became.

We made camp that evening by the river. It was again my turn to cook and we made a gigantic pot of spaghetti for the group and stayed up late into the evening around the campfire.

Date: 2009-08-01 02:05 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-08-01 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Many shades of wow from me!

Date: 2009-08-01 06:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm not sure I've commented on this trip yet but DAMN i am enjoying the photos. they are absolutely magnificent.

Date: 2009-08-01 10:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As great as your photos are, they are magnified many times by your narrative. You're doing a great job.

Date: 2009-08-01 08:23 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-08-02 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wow. Thank you for sharing this.

Date: 2009-08-02 05:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Again, blown away by the photos and commentary.

You are a photographer and author? Is the former the on-a-stick?

I bet the color is mountain minerals. Have you ever heard the tape, "Dead Doctors Don't Lie"? Halarious, if a sales tape... A Nobel nominee, an MD and DVM, if I got that right, says one of the reasons the people way up high live so long is the glacial minerals in the runoff--mineral milk. [And American doctors, on average, live to 58, he says] Did you see any creamy-looking snowmelt up high anywhere?

You do us great service by sharing...

In small return, have you read Terry Pratchett, or Patrick O'Brian?

Do you think that little meadow at the bottom of the top photo is peopled? What a place for a little cabin, altho I bet it might be under a hell of rushing waters every 10 or 20 years. No floodplain there, unlike some of the other photos...
Edited Date: 2009-08-02 06:09 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-08-03 09:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I don't know if this is something you'd be interested in doing, but I figured I'd just let you know about it: Why We Travel: Submit Your Photos

Date: 2009-08-12 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Again, amazing images, and thanks for sharing them with us. As much time as I have spent on the coasts, I still haven't gotten enough of mountainous rivers and lakes in my travels.
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