Tweet Mosaics like this in northern Tajikistan were created during the Soviet period as a public works project. Many of these colorful "works of art" still dot the countryside, but most are beginning to fade with time and no funds for restoration.
The guy below is also beginning to fade from view -- although he still stands guard outside a government building in Khujan, the second largest city in Tajikistan.
Pristine rivers like this one -- about 50 kilometers outside Dushanbe, the capital -- can turn into raging torrents after a heavy rain. This was a particularly beautiful May day in 2007. It goes without saying -- when the river rises -- the road disappears.
The road above leads to a trail that leads to the mountain lake below.