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Kabul used to be a city of palaces and gardens, but after more than 20 years of war, all of that is gone. The Darulaman Palace (which is more popularly known as the King’s Palace because it was the residence of King Zahir Shah) is typical of the devastation that you see around Kabul. It is hard to imagine that this palace was once surrounded by trees and lush landscaped gardens. Surprisingly, the decade long war with the Soviets in the 1980s didn’t do too much damage to Kabul – it was the fighting between the rival mujaheddin factions that did most of the damage in the first half of 1990s.

There is no colour in the sky in this photograph because with so little vegetation around, Kabul is quite a dusty place these days, and as soon as some wind picks up, the blue sky is gone.

I took this shot late in the afternoon as the light was fading, so this was hand-held at 1/15th sec.

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  • Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 108 N: 2568] (7789)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2003-09-09
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Camera: Nikon E5000
  • Exposure: f/2.8, 1/15 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2005-08-08 8:55
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