Valleys and Clouds
The Afghan Hindu Kush mountains, the most western part of the Himalaya mountain range.
A natural and inhospitable barrier between the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia that only allowed a small number of trespassers to find their way through.
Nicknamed 'The Empire of Graveyards', Afghanistan has seen the demise of many an empire and army. From Alexander the Great to the British, or the Soviets and US military in modern days.
Whenever I'm flying over this inhospitable landscape, I cannot but think about the major events in human history played out in those valleys. It also reminds me of the days I was flying low-level with my Fokker 50 through those valleys in the early days of my flying career.
Beautiful memories, breathtaking sceneries.