Qobustan is not far from Baku (some 50 km away) but it's a different world. People still drive Ladas and share all they have with strangers. You can get a cab from Baku to get there but it's more interesting to take public transport and travel with the locals - two buses, the second bus will take you to the place where local taxi drivers spend their days waiting for tourists to come (or not, as often seems to be the case). I was the only tourist in both places, but maybe it was because the high season had not yet started at that time.
The village is famous for two nearby attractions: the collection of tiny mud volcanos and the archaeological site boasting more than 6,000 rock carvings dating back between 5,000 and 40,000 years (Wikipedia).
In WS a wider view of this amazing landscape and an example of Qobustan petroglyphs.
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PiotrF (11172) 2014-07-06 13:20
Ciekawa notka z Azerbejdzanu. Jedyne czego mi brakuje to wielkosci tych blotnych atrakcji. Gdyby na jakiejs fotografii pojawil sie czlowiek byloby super - no chyba ze sa malutcy i ich nie dostrzegam.
rychem (27478) 2014-07-06 21:35
Aż poczytałem coś na ten temat! Super ciekawe, bardzo dobre zdjęcie, ale zgadzam się z Piotrem, nie wiem jakiej wielkości jest ten wulkan, doskonałe ujęcie strumienia błota
jjcordier (78388) 2014-07-06 22:31
Bel effet graphique créé par ces coulées de boue. Les deux WS sont très intéressants pour compléter la présentation du site.
shreya2000 (1592) 2014-07-06 23:28
I am feeling good smell of sand after watching your pic. Nice presentation with natural colours reminding me the mother earth.
Thanks for sharing.
sevy (15367) 2014-07-06 23:51
Uncommon photo subject, I like how you handled this shot and the composition putting the lava mud in the diagonale of the frame.
holmertz (44458) 2014-07-07 2:12
I asked myself the same question as Piotr and Ryszard, but now I have seen your reply. I almost gussed these "floods" were not so very big. It's a totally fascinating area anyway, as proved by the WS photos, but very little has been seen on TE from here. There's no doubt that Poland attracts more visitors than Azerbaijan :-). I like the discrete tones of light brown of the ground and the mud snakes, and the petroglyphs are just mindblowing.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-07 5:15
a fascinating place and image to illustrate it. Lots of textures and a real vision of the Earth as an artist. Original and strangely beautiful.
Have a good week - B.
CLODO (31705) 2014-07-07 5:35
You've taken a low POV and used the wide angle lens to stretch this mud flow , drying and craking under the sunshine. It's the first time I see and read such a nature event, thank you for making us discover it
My best regards
marabu61 (9389) 2014-07-07 11:58
Seems like a place at the end of the world, judging from your description. These mud vulcanos are quite intriguing, never heard of them before. The two mud lava streams create an odd pair indeed. There are some really strange places on this planet indeed and I feel so lucky to be able to visit them thanks to TE.
have a great week
Silvio1953 (129332) 2014-07-08 7:35
Ciao Kasia, great view of amazing mud lava, wonderful natural colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
ktanska (25655) 2014-07-10 2:34
Very special phenomenon well presented. It's interesting to see such mud volcany on a desert looking environment. Details of those cracks on drying mud look special.
annjackman (20705) 2014-07-14 1:49
The natural shapes of the mud flow make an artistic picture. I like the natural brown colours against the blue sky. You composed this very well within the frame.
Kind Regards, Ann
Bergenphotos (2640) 2014-08-27 5:36
I see you are travelling the right way! Always much more interesting to travel like the locals. What strikes me with this photo is how you could change the colours a bit and it would look exactly like a glacier in northern Greenland. I'm thinking especially of glaciers like the Elephant Foot Glacier and in the Alps. Seems like you've found the tropic version of it :) Thank you also for your note.