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Upper Agh Darreh Village nestled in the Zagros Mountains of NW Iran

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The village houses are all made of thick mud walls and flat roof tops. Wheat is grown for local consumption. After the harvest, the straw, an agricultural by-product, the dry stalks of cereal plants, after the grain and chaff have been removed, is usually gathered and stored as haystacks on roof tops. In the winter the sheep are kept in hollowed out rooms under the houses to protect them from wolves. However, as soon as the snows melt (4 m. of snow), the shepherds can be seen roaming the hillsides with their fat-tailed sheep etc.

 

The villages now have access to electricity and so it is not uncommon to see homes with radios, sateliteTV, internet, lights, washing machines and gas stoves. Although oil heaters provide heat in the winter, the village women still mix animal dung with straw to form patties that are dried in the sun and/or in kilns to be used as fuel for both heating and cooking.

 

In the uncultivated areas, the slopes are covered with buttercups etc. and various flowering, low-growing thorny shrubs. As the summer heat increases the greens turn brown and it is hard to imagine it could ever look green again. But nature knows best and each spring the cycle begins again. Of course, irrigation allows apple orchards, vegetable gardens and fodder crops to thrive.

 

Mining is important and provides many jobs for the village men and for the town of Takab, 30 km away.

 

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Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for dropping by.

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Taken on May 16, 2012