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Ushkonyr is a picturesque plateau located in the western part of the mountain system of Trans-Ili Alatau, between the gorges Chemolgan and Uzun-Kargaly (Almaty region).
This area of Trans-Ili Alatau differs from other parts of the mountain system because of the absence of the forest zone, but subalpine and alpine zones are presented in all their glory, with an abundance of all kinds of mountain flowers. Photos by: Sergey Terekhov.
Lake Dubygalinskoe (also known as Lake Okun’ki) is located in Ulansky district of East Kazakhstan region. It is situated at the foot of the northern slopes of Mount Dubygaly.
Besides the fact that this lake is a great place for fishing, it attracts travelers for its giant boulders picturesquely scattered along the shores. Lake Okun’ki on Google Maps. The photos were taken by Alexey Maznicin.
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”.