A boy playfully throws a cat in the air at the khan’s winter
camp near the Afghan-Tajik border. The Kyrgyz’s survival depends on
their animals—sheep, goats, yaks, horses, and camels—but they are not
sentimental about them.
“Throne of my lonely niche, my wealth, my love, my moonlight.
My most sincere friend, my confidant, my very existence, my Sultan, my one and only love.
The most beautiful among the beautiful…
My springtime, my merry faced love, my daytime, my sweetheart, laughing leaf…
My plants, my sweet, my rose, the one only who does not distress me in this world…
My Istanbul, my Caraman, the earth of my Anatolia
My Badakhshan, my Baghdad and Khorasan
My woman of the beautiful hair, my love of the slanted brow, my love of eyes full of mischief…
I’ll sing your praises always
I, lover of the tormented heart, Muhibbi of the eyes full of tears, I am happy.”
Poem written by Suleiman the Magnificent for his wife, Hürrem Sultan
Beryl comes in many forms, including some rarities such as the caesium rich variant in the photo, also known as Rosterite. While there is a caesium rich cousin of beryl called Pezzotaite (see http://on.fb.me/15DU72Z), Vorobyevite was deemed by those in charge of naming as not containing enough of it to be distinguished as a separate mineral. The name was applied to colourless material from the Urals mountains in Russia and rosy crystals from Madagascar until a stunning find of deep blue material in the Badakhshan province of Afghanistan. The blue crystals sit on a quartz matrix, and the piece measures 3.5 x 2.7 x 2.0 cm.
AFGHANISTAN, Argo : Afghan villagers pray over the site of a landslide in the Argo district of Badakhshan province on May 3, 2014. Rescuers searched in vain for survivors May 3 after a landslide buried an Afghan village, killing 350 people and leaving thousands of others feared dead amid warnings that more earth could sweep down the hillside. Local people made desperate efforts to find victims trapped under a massive river of mud that engulfed Aab Bareek village in Badakhshan province, where little sign remained of hundreds of destroyed homes. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai