October 22, 2013

Shepherd’s Cave, Afghanistan

Photograph by Matthieu Paley

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Kyrgyz men seek shelter in a shepherd’s cave during their annual journey from their mountainous homeland in remote Afghanistan to the nearest trading village in Pakistan, an icy, five-day trek. They will barter livestock, wool, and dairy products for everything from tea to television sets.

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

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Paley in the field on assignment for National Geographic »

53 comments
Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Its a harsh world out there. Sometimes we need to take a back seat and think about how others have to suffer to make a living and then be thankful for cars, trains, boats and planes let alone having a nice home and a warm bed to sleep in. Great shot.

Meesam Ali
Meesam Ali

This is NOT a miserable situation. I should some people (like this) live in caves while for others their SOULS live in caves worse than this while their bodies enjoy luxuries of life .......... !!!!

Zane Knorr
Zane Knorr

This picture looks like a picture looks taken straight out of the bible. Amazing photo!!!!

Suren Arabachyan
Suren Arabachyan

Sometimes it's interesting to live like this men, but not forever :)

Shannon T
Shannon T

Well that looks like a miserable situation. Thank God I live in America. As for the shot well done.

kumar sharad
kumar sharad

Mother Earth has always sheltered its sons in the harshest climates :) Love for life !

Cary R Burke
Cary R Burke

Such a Harsh way of Life and to know people endure regardless !! 

Jamie Foma
Jamie Foma

This is a great photo!  My writing class loved it.

Matthew Jones
Matthew Jones

Interesting picture, life goes on regardless of war. Just hope a US drone doesn't drop a hellfire on them.

Don Wyzlic
Don Wyzlic

Crouching, for warmth, in the eye socket of a sleeping giant.

Jeanette Duurvoort
Jeanette Duurvoort

What a wonderful opportunity to see something like this. Great shot.  Not what everybody sees of the "Sandbox"

Tony Leitao
Tony Leitao

Great Shot!! The first visual perspective gives you an illusion that they are looking into a volcanic hole.

Sur Pan
Sur Pan

A moment of mankind...simple & powerful

yvonne warden
yvonne warden

When you see this it makes you realize How soft of a life we westeners Have.

r. baba
r. baba

great shot amazing ................

lex van arem
lex van arem

@Zane Knorr They had photo equipment when the book about the invisible man in the sky was written. I never knew that.

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