From the photographer: “Star trails around Polaris with one of the palm trees at a grove in Garmeh village, located in the central desert of Iran (known as Dashte-Kavir in Persian). The documented history of human settlement in the Garmeh area goes as far back as 4000 years but there exists some relatively reliable evidence that suggests human habitation as far back as 7000 years ago. The main activity for the natives during this incredibly long period had been some form of agriculture and wrestling sustenance out of the harsh and unforgiving conditions that are the reality of this land. During more recent historical times (from about 2000 years ago) the oasis was placed on the main route of the of the famous Silk Road, the main trading route between China and Europe.”



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