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Iran 2003

Once famous for its outstanding archaeological sites, magnificent mosques and fine carpets, the name Iran later became synonymous with Islamic fundamentalism and the politics of oil. Almost completely closed to Western visitors between 1978 and 1990, Iran is now well past its tumultuous revolutionary period and is intent on opening up its borders to those more adventurous and culturally-tolerant travellers who wish to explore this large country (almost the size of Italy, Spain, France and the British Isles combined). Although often thought of as a land of barren hills and deserts, Iran is in fact a land of great contrasts. Altitudes range from 26m below sea-level by the Caspian Sea to 5760m above sea-level in the Elburz Mountains, temperatures from minus 35C in winter in the northwest to over 50C in summer in the south, and annual rainfall from over 2000mm in parts of the Caspian watershed to almost zero in the central deserts! This wide diversity in climate is reflected in the diversity of habitats, which range from luxuriant deciduous forests near the Caspian through oak, pistachio and almond woodlands in the central highlands to acacia woodlands, fan-palms and mangrove swamps in the south.
Iran is a mosaic of ethnic minorities cemented by the Persian culture. The minorities of the country maintains its local customs and traditions, such as the Kurds, Persian Jews and Christian Armenians amongst many others. Persians constitue the majority of the population.
These photos are taken during a three week birdwatching trip to the country in april 2003. Biologist Houman Jowkar acted as guide and interpreter.
Motorcykle men
Motorcykle men
Women outside mosque in Rudan
Women outside mosque in Rudan
Woman transport
Woman "transport"
Iran Cola - Close to the original!
Iran Cola - Close to the original!
Baluchi people
Baluchi people
Modern boys - Baluchis near Minab
Modern boys - Baluchis near Minab
Baluchi girl
Baluchi girl
Early morning in Bandar Abbas
Early morning in Bandar Abbas
Bandar Abbas Harbour
Bandar Abbas Harbour
Quesm Island coastline
Quesm Island coastline
Old house with Quesm Ventilation on roof
Old house with "Quesm Ventilation" on roof
Rainwater wells (no freshwater on Quesm)
Rainwater wells (no freshwater on Quesm)
Mosque on Quesm Island
Mosque on Quesm Island
Persian barbeque with fan
Persian barbeque with fan
Local ferry to Bandar Abbas
Local ferry to Bandar Abbas
Capitain on a ferry on the Strait of Hormuz - Iran 2003
Capitain on a ferry on the Strait of Hormuz - Iran 2003
Travelling south of Teheran
Travelling south of Teheran
Khomeini grave monument - a popular picknick spot
Khomeini grave monument - a popular picknick spot
Women and children in Qom
Women and children in Qom
Womens part of Hazrat-E-Masumeh mosque in Qom
Womens part of Hazrat-E-Masumeh mosque in Qom
Admiration ?
Admiration ?
Making tea in Qom
Making tea in Qom
Buying sweets in Qom
Buying sweets in Qom
Old bush in desert
Old bush in desert
The Photographer in Dasht-e Kavir (Salt desert)
The Photographer in Dasht-e Kavir (Salt desert)
Persian family in Kashan
Persian family in Kashan
Smoking waterpipe in gardens of Fin (Kashan)
Smoking waterpipe in gardens of Fin (Kashan)
Khaju (1660 AD ) - One of the famous bridges in Esfahan
Khaju (1660 AD ) - One of the famous bridges in Esfahan
Big door at Emam mosque in Esfahan
Big door at Emam mosque in Esfahan
Ali Qapu palace - Esfahan
Ali Qapu palace - Esfahan
Sealing of music room (Ali Qapu palace)
Sealing of music room (Ali Qapu palace)
Russian cameras - popular i Iran
Russian cameras - popular i Iran
Schoolgirls visiting Sheikh Lotfallah mosque
Schoolgirls visiting Sheikh Lotfallah mosque
Inside Sheik Lotfallah mosque
Inside Sheik Lotfallah mosque
Remember the old times?
Remember the old times?
Womens part of Emam mosque during prayer
Womens part of Emam mosque during prayer
Friday prayer in Emam mosque - Esfahan
Friday prayer in Emam mosque - Esfahan
Friday prayer in Emam mosque - Esfahan
Friday prayer in Emam mosque - Esfahan
Zoroastrian church in Esfahan
Zoroastrian church in Esfahan
Esfahan
Esfahan
Buying carpets in Iran
Buying carpets in Iran
Two important men (with similar names!)
Two important men (with similar names!)
Friday evening in central Esfahan
Friday evening in central Esfahan
Early morning traffic in Teheran
Early morning traffic in Teheran
Golestan Palace in Teheran
Golestan Palace in Teheran
Opening up Golestan museum for tourists
Opening up Golestan museum for tourists
Old soukh in Teheran
Old soukh in Teheran
Tea and cookies i Golestan Museum
Tea and cookies i Golestan Museum
Teheran traffic - a pedestrians nightmare!
Teheran traffic - a pedestrians nightmare!
Leaving Teheran - looking at Elburz mountains
Leaving Teheran - looking at Elburz mountains
High up in the Elburz mountains
High up in the Elburz mountains
Damavand   5651 m
Damavand 5651 m
Shepard preparing breakfast
Shepard preparing breakfast
The colors of Iran !
The colors of Iran !
Caspian Sea Fisherman near Bandar-e Turkeman
Caspian Sea Fisherman near Bandar-e Turkeman
Caspian Sea Fisherman near Bandar-e Turkeman
Caspian Sea Fisherman near Bandar-e Turkeman
Caspian Sea Fisherman near Bandar-e Turkeman
Caspian Sea Fisherman near Bandar-e Turkeman
Caspian Sea Fisherman near Bandar-e Turkeman
Caspian Sea Fisherman near Bandar-e Turkeman
The right direction? Golestan in north-east Iran
The right direction? Golestan in north-east Iran
Grave monument
Grave monument
small village in Golestan
small village in Golestan
Road disappeared after heavy rain
Road disappeared after heavy rain
Looking for something to put on the wall
Looking for something to put on the wall
Kosh Yeilagh
Kosh Yeilagh
Man with horned viper (Biyarjomand)
Man with horned viper (Biyarjomand)
Schoolgirls in Biyarjmand
Schoolgirls in Biyarjmand
Afghan shepard living on Iranian side of border
Afghan shepard living on Iranian side of border
Touran National Park
Touran National Park
Family on motorcykle - a common sight in Iran
Family on motorcykle - a common sight in Iran