Monday, 23 May 2016

Kyrgyzstan Rural Cemetery Architecture

Behold the humble architecture of rural cemeteries in Kyrgyzstan. The patina is impressive, plots filled with fencing, monuments, miniature versions of mosques.

Nice setting.

Plots are frequently fenced. Body under a giant mound. Intricate grave marking, with image.

Elements of Muslim iconic architecture.

Standing the test of time, giving in to the elements.

Another marking, dying young.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Offseason At Lake Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan

A lakeside resort in Kyrgyzstan? Sure! The country isn't called the Switzerland of the 'stans for nothing.  Southeast a few hours from the country's capital, Bishkek, sits the pristine lake Issyk-Kul. It's big, only second in the world to the Caspian Sea in saline lake size. Whatever that means.

One thing is certain, it's beautiful and, in the summer, packed with locals, Russians and Kazakh oligarchs looking for a swim and a tan.

Typical beachside resort.

The water, inviting. And shallow for a bit. There are elaborate docks extending hundred of feet to take advantage of access. Room to party.

Offseason, the cabanas looking a little like a Blue Velvet neighborhood.

Facilities. Playground, BBQ.

Multiple language Sweet Dreams.