When I was looking on my hard disc for some photos of a very special species of mammal to show you (I will show it to you another time), I realized: I haven’t shown you any photos of one of my favourite mammals here! But that’s changing at once! Here they are – Long-eared Hedgehogs… Looking at the photos, it is easy comprehensible, why it has this name. They are very cute little guys, quite widespread in desert-like areas and they can ran very fast.
Actually, I connect a very special experience with my first encounter with this species. It was in Turkey in 2009: next to the Syrian border, the turkish military took us in custody at night and brought us to the General. We had to answer a lot of questions, but after few hours they let us go. Just two kilometers from the barack, a Long-eared Hedgehog ran over the street. Immediatly I made a full braking and tried to see it again. However, it had ran that fast, that I couldn’t see it any more. It has taken five years until I saw this species again…
And again, there was a quite strange adventure while this encounter. At night, I lay in front of the car to photograph the hedgehog. Daniel H. was standing next to me. A car drove by and broke abruptly. The driver got out of the car, walked to Daniel and passing me, I said “Здравствуйте” (Hello). Hearing me talking, he was terrified (no, it was not because of my bad pronounciation). Actually, he thought, Daniel would have driven over me…
In the last months, my thoughts travel often back in time and I remember moments, when I have been far far away, day and night in a wild, poorly settled country. Together with a good friend and nothing else.
Moments like the amazing view from a mountain in the Kazakh Tian-Shan during full moon are burnt in my memory.
All the days in the endless Kazakh steppe, always surprising by the different colours and landscapes.
The feeling, when you see a thunderstorm approaching, rumbling loudly and then you smell rain in the air.
Staying in the Altai mountains, surrounded just by unvisible Brown Bears, snow and a distant White’s Thrush singing in the night
Arend Wassinsk just finished “The new Birds of Kazakhstan“. The cover photo as well as many other photos were taken by me last year. This book holds plenty of information about the country and the different bird species in this amazing central Asian country. Since the first edition, he collected much more information, so it is really worth its money. To buy it, visit: birdsofKazahkstan
Together with a friend, I just left for a trip to Kyrgystan in central Asia to do some kind of comissioned photography. One year ago, I’ve been some hundred kilometers further north in Kazakhstan. Great country with an impressing landscape!
Attached are few photos from the first and last day in the Tianshan mountains, south of Almaty.
I hope the trip now will be as great as the last one!
Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan in front of the Tianshan, Kazakhstan