April 12, 2013

Sheep, Afghanistan

Photograph by Matthieu Paley, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

In this high, barren valley called Little Pamir, survival depends on livestock. Red-robed Kyrgyz girls corral sheep for milking, while dung dries atop the walls for use as fuel. The sheep, along with goats, yaks, and camels, provide milk, meat, and wool and even serve as currency: One lamb buys 110 pounds of flour.

See more pictures from the February 2013 feature story "Stranded on the Roof of the World."


Travel back in time to a 1950 article on the Wakhan corridor »
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14 comments
Antoine Bruneau
Antoine Bruneau

Looks windy and cold outside but feels warm within this flock of sheeps :) Nice picture !

Robert Hunt
Robert Hunt

The amazing Kyrgyz people!  Proud and happy though living in a world devoid of vowels.  We can all learn from them.

Shannon T
Shannon T

Lovely view, but it looks a bit cold.

max seigal
max seigal

Lovely shot here, really tells a story

Xava Paredes
Xava Paredes

the landscape is very similar to some regions from  Peru, Puno.

water bird
water bird

so many nauences are expressed in this photo!  one could philosophy over hours what the form of the circle represents and brings to mind in this photo.  and the NG article which accompanies matthieu paley's photo is even more vivid with the images it raccounts!   I also reread the 1950 article.  Again thankyou for adding that link "back in time"  It really enriches todays post to the maximum! 


Gerry Cunningham
Gerry Cunningham

Wonderful to see, & almost smell & feel life at such high altitude..really hope those gaily dressed pretty young girls go on to have safe & content lives..

Nikhil Chandra
Nikhil Chandra

I must say what an amazing capture. This photo is completely different from typical images from Afganistan which generally involve battle scene and all. It's refreshing to see a family doing there daily chores, a normal day in life is also possible in the war stricken country. Definitely this is one of the wow moments to have 'standing over the roof of the world'.

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

@Robert Hunt I feel the same about the Dene people in Canada's NWT. I served them as a bush pilot and it was the highest point of my life.

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