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After I left Khiva it took me close to 72 hours, travelling on night trains, shared taxis, marshrutkas (Russian for minibus), hitchhiking and crossing the border on foot to reach the town of Kochkor in Kyrgyzstan. In Kochkor I hired a car to take me to Lake Song Kol where I stayed overnight in a yurt. Most of the inhabitants of the jailoo had already left - they usually move back to villages and towns at the end of September.

This image was exposed for 10 minutes during which time people were coming and going, opening the yurt's entrance for a few seconds only (as it was very cold outside where I was standing with the tripod). That's why the lit parts of the image are not overexposed.

In the sky, to the right, you can still see some red glow - slowly disappearing colours of sunset.

Jailoo is the Kyrgyz term for highland pastures where semi nomadic families spend summers living in yurts and looking after their herds.

In WS two photos of the jailoo and its inhabitants in daylight.

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