“According to legend, a great and wise bird raised the young warrior Zal in her nest atop the highest peak of Damavand. When he came of age, she gave him a plume of her radiant feathers to burn if he was ever in desperate need, and  s h e   w o u l d   c o m e   t o  h i s   a i d…”

Coat of Arms of Iran before the 1979 revolution

Description : Imperial Coat of Arms of Iran was used from 1925 until 1979. The shield is composed of the Lion and the Sun symbol (one of the symbols of Iran) in first quarter, the Faravahar (one of the symbols of the ancient Iranian religion of Zoroastrianism) in the second quarter, the two-pointed sword of Ali (First Imam of Shi’a muslims) Zulfiqar in third quarter and the Simurgh (A mythical Iranian creature) in the fourth quarter.

Overall in the center is a circle depicting Mount Damavand (tallest mountain in Iran) with a rising sun, the symbol of the Pahlavi dynasty. The shield is crowned by the Pahlavi crown and surrounded by the chain of the Order of Pahlavi. Two lions rampant regardant, holding scimitars supports the coat of arms on either side. Under the whole device is the motto: “Mara dad farmud va Khod Davar Ast” (“Justice He bids me do, as He will judge me” or, alternatively, “He gave me power to command, and He is the judge”).

Damavand winter night

A time-exposure black & white image has captured the motion of stars (due to the Earth rotation) in a moonlit winter night of Mount Damavand, the highest volcano in Asia, rising to an altitude of 5610 meters. Located in the Alborz Mountain Range of Iran close to the capital Tehran, the spectacular volcano is considered alive although it has been dormant for many thousands of years.

Image credit & copyright: Amir H. Abolfath

Why I was not updating my Tumblr!

At last after few months of preparations and building my fitness level and loosing over 15 Kg, I have managed to climb the tallest mountain in middle east (mount Damavand) and one of the top ten high mountains in terms of climbing difficulties. This is over 5700 meters above sea level where everything looked so small and tiny in comparison with the greatness of this hight. I wish all of my friends were with me.

Mount Damavand, Iran

Damavand is, as any cursory reading of Persian Literature will indicate, the Mount Olympus of Persian Mythology.

Damāvand is the symbol of Iranian resistance against despotism and foreign rule in Persian poetry and literature. In Zoroastrian texts and mythology, the three-headed dragon Azi Dahaka was chained within Mount Damāvand, there to remain until the end of the world.