March 3, 2012

Esil River, Kazakhstan

Photograph by Gerd Ludwig, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

The French Riviera it isn't, but Astana makes the most of its brief summer, when young men gather at the Esil River to flex their muscles before appreciative members of the opposite sex. The cobblestone embankment on the far side is popular with fishermen.

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