A park for lovers. Yerevan, Armenia
 
Earlier posts featured some of the culture of the lands between the Caspian and the Black Seas. This post is a little different, and springs from wistful impressions of a past long lost, that still resonates everywhere here. Nowadays, a precarious present sees war and poverty in the midst of abundance, but ancient myths still breathe through the gardens, forests, farms and mountains.
 
Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia are small countries, overlooked by western tourists for no good reason. Like wallflowers at a tourism gala ball they wait demurely to be noticed, only to be overlooked in the rush for more popular dance partners. Stop awhile, and get to know them, if only through these photographs. Hopefully you will notice the mystery and romance of these lands, and want to experience them yourself.
 
A happy bride, near Yerevan, Armenia.
A river flowing out of Eden?
An 'oasis' in southern Armenia.
An Armenian woman.
Approaching snow flurries. Caucusus Mountains, Georgia.
A restaurant in Baku, Azerbaijan.
The confluence of two rivers, north of Tiblisi, Georgia.
A Georgian monastery and place of pilgrimage, near the Russian border.
A monastery in southern Armenia.
 
Christian gravestones carved in old Armenian.
Sheep grazing in the foothills of the Caucusus Mountains, Azerbaijan.
 
I finish with a quote from the book of Genesis:
 
“A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.”
 
Make of all that what you will.
 
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