Steppes of Khorezm

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24 October 2013

I never thought that I’d be moved by vast desolate lands. But here in the windswept steppes of Khorezm, the seemingly barren lands comes to life: the stubborn little shrubs, the crunch of sand and pottery bits underneath my feet, the whirring howls of winds spinning through the ruins’ narrow crevices. The horizon of the plains touches the skies, the earth and the celestial as one. How can a place be so empty, so plain, so alone, and yet – judging by the number of ruins of old fortresses – so worth protecting, so precious, so full of life all at the same time?

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Uzbekistan is a doubly landlocked country. Yet, contrary to what another traveller felt, I don’t feel constricted. Here, the great flat plains is my sea.

Ayaz Qala

Ayaz Qala

 

Interesting plant that 'sang' a tune through the whirring howls of winds. Any idea what it is called? At Ayaz Qala

Interesting plant that ‘sang’ a tune through the whirring howls of winds. Any idea what it is called? At Ayaz Qala

Toprak Qala

Toprak Qala

Kyzyl Qala

Kyzyl Qala

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2 thoughts on “Steppes of Khorezm

    1. plumerainbow Post author

      The landscape is really quite something isn’t it? It is hard to think about anything else but what I saw when I was there. Expansive landscapes have that effect on me.

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