I've been pretty serious in the last few posts. This one is just photos taken by Andy Burridge who is a colleague of mine working here. What a shame that the insurgency prevents tourism, because this place has some AMAZING landscapes.
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Edge of the RegistanIsn't this incredible! This is the edge of the Registan ("Sandy Place"), the desert you cross as you fly from Kandahar to Helmand. The fertile Arghandab Valley is on the right of the photo, then you cross a range of hills and the desert is like a sheer river, rippling into the distance. And the colour is actually as it is in the photo.
Another ViewThis is a wider view of the desert between Helmand and Kandahar. It really is like an orange sea.
Arghandab Valley looking NorthYou can see how fertile the valley of the Arghandab River actually is. Notice the reservoir of the Dahla Dam at the very top of the photo. This Dam was constructed in the 1950s with US money and it provides the prosperity for all of Kandahar.
Afghan ColoursI think these colours are just incredible! Looking towards Kandahar.