“We climbed for most of that day, conquering step by step the Morvarid Pass, only to drop down again, having reached the top; and as evening fell we came down on the lovely valley of Deh Diz, with its single sentinel poplar and a ruined castle in the distance, and the long ridge of the snowy Kuh-e Mangasht beyond. Our camping-place this time was in an orchard of pomegranates, beside a clear mountain stream, on a grassy terrace strewn with rocks and boulders.”
Vita Sackville-West, Twelve Days in Persia: Across the Mountains with Bakhtiari Tribe (1928)
William E. Galloway, Institute for Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin
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