Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

This summer was a hard time for the land of Kazakhstan. It brought various incidents which ended with a terrible fire that destroyed one of the most beautiful places of Central Asia – mountain resort Medeo. Many zones are still under the threat of fire. Planes kept flying over the region for all the summer period and one journalist often joined them to collect some material about the nature of south-east Kazakhstan and take photos of the region. Some of them are presented in this post.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

The Issyk river

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Valley not far from the border with Kyrgyzstan.

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National park “Kulsai lakes”.

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The valley of the Turgen river resembles some place of the Himalayas.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Moraine lake

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The same lake from the helicopter. Do you see the tent of researchers?

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Glacier of youth next to the lake. They say it will fully melt in 50 years.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Some places are still untouched by humans. Here widely grows Tien-Shan fir. People do not live here but poarchers are not rare. They not only destroy the local fauna but also may cause a fire.

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Fields of Asian buttercups (Ranúnculus).

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Turgen mossy spruce.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Drink water

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Glacial lake with an unusual color of the water. Probably it’s because of algae growing there, which doesn’t happen often.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Helicopter-pilots take a risk when fly here. Atmospheric pressure drops rapidly in the mountains, and mist can cover in minutes.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Medeo mountain resort.

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Moraines – permafrost formations.

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Issyk lake.

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Bartogaiskoye reservoir gateway.

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Astrophysical Observatory

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Near the Turgen river

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Turgen mossy fir are considered to be relict and that is why are specially protected.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

There are many pastures here.

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Kazakh city – Kaskelen.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Ak-Tau mountains

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Helicopter Mi-26 can lift 15 tons of water at once.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

The place called Sorbulak even has its own ecosystem. For example, the place has Dalmatian pelicans (Pelecanus crispus) which are included in Red List.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

South shore of Balkhash lake.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Fire in reeds is very dangerous, it destroys the ecosystem.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Geometry on the fields.

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

Flying Over the Untouched Land

And coming back to the civilization: here is an international airport of Almaty from the height of three thousand meters. Quite a rare shot. We hope we gonna come back soon.

via voxpopuli

10 thoughts on “Flying Over the Untouched Land”

  1. This beautiful subject material spoiled by that childish oversaturated HDR photography. Please find a real photographer to record this beautiful natural resource. Russia is a remarkably beautiful place and should not be spoiled by work like this. Love ER, hate HDR!

    • BTW what a childish comment. Pretentiously dismissing the photographer as something other then a “real photographer” simply because don’t like his work. Would you like some more cheese with your whine, Sir?

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