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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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Yesterday we rode in dense green shade through the virgin beech forest which covers much of the Lagodehki reserve. The steep trail was so densely covered in fallen beech leaves that it was scarcely visible in places. These beech trees are two hundred or three hundred years old, says reserve director Vazha Pavliashvili, and they may grow to 50 meters.

Lagodekhi is renowned for the richness of its plant and animal life — the forest has never been touched by human beings. Around 1500 different species of plants and trees live in it, including many endemic species and almost all the mammals of the Caucasus.

"Ecologically this country is different to any other place I have photographed," says Pat, who has been preparing a book on Georgia for two years. "The combination of high mountains, temperate forests and cultural monuments in such a small area is really special. But these people I am working with have really opened it up for me."

Vazha has been the director of Lagodekhi for 20 years. He has the courtesy and quiet alertness of many people who spend their lives in wild nature.



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