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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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Previous Dispatch

From: Eleanor O'Hanlon
Location: Lagodekhi Research Station
Date: April 29, 2000

In Ancient Groves

I hear somebody stirring and open my eyes. Pat is back after scanning the early morning sky. "Clouds," he says. "But they are good clouds." I curl back into my sleeping bag for a moment and groan. It's time to get up.

A nature photographer's day begins in darkness and in waiting. Waiting for the landscape to take shape out of the night, waiting in the mysterious clarity of early morning shadows. Each dawn is different: some diffuse the light through a cloudy haze, others mold the land like a sculptor, touch it with new life and meaning.

This day is beginning in the high mountains of the Lagodekhi Nature Reserve, in a small cabin by the snow line. Soon the sun will rise above the mountain shoulder, and light up brown alpine meadows still patched with ice. All around us mountain ridges rise to sheer rock faces, and up into the white silence of the snow.

SLIDESHOW: Horseback Overnight

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Carts in the Town Market

Russell Wraps It Up
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