On the steppe of eastern Kazakhstan, close to the Tien Shan mountains that straddle the border with China and Kyrgyzstan, is the beautiful Kolsai lake. *** Kolsai is a lush spot in the wilderness, where Kazakhs come to hike in the surrounding forest, fish, or rest by the water. *** The lake is 300km east … More Kolsai Lake, Kazakhstan
Artsakh is the Armenian name for Nagorno-Karabakh, the disputed territory between it and Azerbaijan. The two nations have been at war over Karabakh for over 30 years. Both feel that the territory belongs to them: the land became part of Soviet Azerbaijan during Stalin’s era, but most of the people living there are still Armenian. The conflict has killed tens of thousands on both sides, with no resolution in sight. … More A day in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh)
Photographs from the steppe of south-east Kazakhstan, between Almaty and the border with China… *** Horses on the steppe at Karabulak. *** The way to Kaindy lake. *** Some yurts at Shymbulak, a ski slope outside Almaty, close to the border with Kyrgyzstan. *** Horses on the steppe at Karabulak. *** The village of Saty, … More Nature of the Kazakh steppe
Photographs from the steppe of south-east Kazakhstan, between Almaty and the border with China…
Severnaya Dvina embankment, Arkhangelsk; north-west Russia, close to the Arctic Circle.
To my left: the path beside the Severnaya Dvina river, which led me to the town’s timber port, buried in the snow, then to Svyato-Troitskaya church, then the bridge over the river. … More Calm in Arkhangelsk (northern Russia)
*** A stunning street in the Cihangir district of Istanbul – one of the world’s truly magnificent cities.