Photographer's Note

Ian showed a photo from Bukhara with the stork. It reminded me about the fake storks I saw there. And when he has posted today the photo of Chor Minor, I have checked my photos.

Storks were once a common sight in Bukhara, and now on a visit to this atmospheric Silk Road city, a nesting couple could be spotted on top of a turquoise dome. But on closer inspection, this pair of long-legged waders turned out to be mere plastic imitations.

Uzbekistan has been investing heavily in redeveloping cities like Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva as it reimagines its mythical past with an eye to what it thinks tourists want to see, fake storks and all. But these redevelopments run the risk of erasing the character of these evocative cities.

Strange that it is my fifth (main) photo from Bukhara (only!)

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13514 W: 141 N: 35072] (158204)
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