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Follow Pat O'Hara's search for the perfect moment in the national parks of the Eastern Caucasus. Eleanor O'Hanlon reports, with photos by Russell Sparkman.

Research Team
Georgia veteran Peter Nasmyth returns to guide us into the history and heritage of the region. Denise Rocco captures it all in digital images.

April 29:
In Ancient Groves

April 28:
Batumi and Beyond

April 26:
Fly Tusheti Air

April 25:
An Image of Eden

April 24:
The Road of Friendship

April 22:
Patriarch of the Forest

April 21:
Monastery in the Desert

April 20:
Vashlovani Reserve

April 19:
The Living Pillar

April 18:
Preparing for the Journey

April 17:
Georgian Table

April 12:
Tbilisi Overview

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It is an ancient treasure, in which three species of juniper, including the rare black juniper, Juniperus foetidissima, live alongside the pistachio tree.

This sculpted wilderness is rich in biological life – home to wolves, brown bears, wild boar, the great imperial and steppe eagles, and more than 800 different species of plants and trees. Inside the eroded canyons, fruit trees are in flower. Amiran points to a white-blossomed bush – an endemic pear tree, Pirus sakhokiana, found nowhere else in the world. Swallows' nests like small, earthenware gourds hang from the canyon wall. We meet lizards and tortoises, and touch the fossil remains of small sea creatures embedded in the rocks. At the very end of the canyon, Amiran shows us the white fossil bones of an elephant ancestor.

I feel as though I have been walking through layers of time. Vashlovani has been protected since 1935 – the former Soviet Union set aside over 2% of its territory as wild nature. The nomadic sheep and cattle herders who use the grasslands around it as winter pastures left it untouched – it was too steep-sided, too inaccessible for their herds.
 

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