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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Saturday photoblogging - snow on the Hindu Kush

it started raining steadily on thursday afternoon here in kabul and rained all day yesterday right into the evening... i was watching the temperature and it was hanging in the mid to low 40s but i suspected it was cold enough in the higher elevations to snow... sure enough, this morning i looked out and the snow on the hindu kush mountains had definitely increased and the snow level had dropped down to just above the city... a smaller peak to the south that had been snow-free on thursday morning now has a dusting of snow... it's really quite beautiful...

Map showing Hindu Kush Mountains
(click on image for larger version)

Hindu Kush Mountains, looking northwest
from Kabul, 05:55, 5 April 2008

Small peak looking south from Kabul,
05:55, 5 April 2008

(on the photo above, note the concertina barbed wire on top of the fence of the house next door...)
* The name Hindu Kush is usually applied to the whole of the range separating the basins of the Kabul, and Helmand rivers from that of the Amu Darya (or ancient Oxus), or more specifically, to that part of the range to the northwest of Kabul.


Sanskrit documents refer to the Hindukush as Pāriyatra Parvat . The name is a corruption of Hindu-Kusha, where "kusha" in Sanskrit means "seat." Hence it translates to 'The Seat of the Hindus'.

p.s. without thinking, i originally titled this post "Monday photoblogging" and had to go back to correct it to saturday... friday is the one day weekend here and i still haven't adapted... to me, today is monday... ah, well...

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