Today’s Sunday Snapshot comes from Delia Monk, who left her job as a journalist in the UK three months ago to trace the route of the ancient Silk Road across Central Asia. Her notepad remains just as important as ever – and you can read her tales and sneak a peek of more of her pics at www.worldinwords.net
Sunday Snapshot: Darvaza Gas Craters
“Visiting the huge gas craters in the Turkmenistan desert has been one of the most memorable moments of my trip so far. The country’s entire wealth depends on gas and oil and this crater has been burning away day and night ever since a Soviet Union experiment backfired about 60 years ago.
After travelling for about six hours across the scorching desert, we finally reached the Darvaza Gas Craters – the vision of red flames and stench of gas overcame us as soon as the car door opened.
It smelt like someone had left the gas on for a long time. It looked like the world’s biggest bonfire or the burning pits of hell.
It was hypnotic. It was mesmerising. It made us suddenly understand fire worship. We stood like this for a very long time.”
This photo makes me want to explore Central Asia immediately. What about you?
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