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Saryesik-Atyrau is a sandy desert located in Almaty region, to the south of Lake Balkhash, between the Ili and Karatal rivers.
The climate in the desert is sharply continental. Summer temperature can reach plus 40 degrees Celsius, in winter, the temperature can drop to minus 40.
What could be better than a night in the mountains! Especially when the sky is pierced by falling meteors (the meteor shower of Ursids in this case). This beautiful photo was taken in the mountains of Almaty region by Vitaliy Rage.
Akkergeshen plateau is located 56 kilometers to the north-east of Kulsary village, Atyrau region. Fantastic landscape of this place is fascinating.
Unique beauty of the plateau was formed in the Jurassic period, the time of dinosaurs. Shark teeth, dinosaur fossils, footprints on rocks can still be found here. Akkergeshen plateau on Google Maps. The photos were taken by Eduard Kutygin.
Altyn-Emel is a state national natural park located in the valley of the Ili River on the territory of Almaty region.
The park was established on April 10, 1996. Among the main purposes of the park are the preservation of the unique natural complex, archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, rare and endangered species of plants and animals, the development of eco-tourism.
Lake Tuzkol, located in the south-east of Almaty region, is the saltiest mountain lake in Kazakhstan. It is a large lake – the length is 5 km, the width in some places is up to 1 km.
The salinity of the water varies by season and can reach values comparable with the water salinity of the Dead Sea in Israel or the Great Salt Lake in the United States.
The second part of photos taken by landscape photographer David Köster during his visit to Kazakhstan in 2014.
David Köster is a travel and landscape photographer based in Germany. In his work he combines haunting perspectives with an atmospheric imagery. For his artistic photographs he has been awarded with several international prizes.
Granite basin in Bektau Ata
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Kazakhstan has a great variety of unique places attracting people from all over the world. You can enjoy amazing landscapes and take a lot of beautiful pictures.
For example, landscape photographer David Köster visited Kazakhstan for the first time in 2014. He was looking for spectacular, but not too mainstream nature locations and he was overwhelmed by the natural beauty of Kazakhstan. Let’s look at a small selection of his pictures captured during the trip.
Tuzkoel Salt Lake
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Kazakhstan continues to amaze us with its unique scenery. Of course, a lot depends on the photographer’s skill too. But when these two things come together, the result is simply stunning.
Just look at this fantastic unearthly picture taken by Sergey Terekhov. He called it “The Marsh of Space Explorers”.
Lake Kaindy is a popular tourist destination located in one of the gorges of Kungei Alatau in Almaty region, at an altitude of 2000 meters. Despite the low temperature of the water, the lake is popular among divers.
The maximum depth of the lake was 21 meters in 2014. In Kazakh “Kaindy” means “a lot of birches.” There is a large birch grove located nearby. The lake was formed by an earthquake in 1910. Photo by Sergey Terekhov
Despite the existing stereotype of Kazakhstan as a country of steppes, this land is rich in a variety of landscapes.
Beautiful nature of Kazakhstan looks especially picturesquely in autumn, when you can see a real riot of colors. Photos by Gregory Bedenko