Tuesday, October 16, 2007

A Few from Almaty

I couldn't make it to the Primitive Breeds Conference in Almaty Kazakhstan this year, which is too bad because many of my friends did.

Here are two friends, saluki man and Arabist Sir Terence Clark and Vladimir Beregovoy, who is now based in Virginia. He is a biologist, an expert on primitive breeds, and a Laika breeder. (We are also working on a Siberian hunter's book first published in 1865-- actually mostly done but hard to find a publisher). Between them is someone I would like to meet: Asylhan Artykbaev: eagle hunter, tazi breeder, and naturalist.

He is also a descendant of the old pre- Soviet aristocracy. Here he is in more resplendent plumage, with an eagle.


Chas S. Clifton said...

Too bad, Steve. It looks as though they were giving free hats to all foreign visitors.

Mark said...

It was a really great momment when Terence and Vladimir were presented with the traditional hats, clothing and the apple.

Both Terence and Vladimir did so much for the conference and also helping us none russian speakers with translations on excursions, etc.

Here are some of the photo's I took. http://www.flickr.com/photos/7270140@N08/sets/72157602119982718/



margory said...

Sometimes when I drive on a certain road in West Marin (CA), I see a camel in the same pasture as goats and cows, and on those days, I >know< I've seen something different.

The camel amongst Mark's photos, and those photos, and Sir Terence and others - thanks all round: this is something I wouldn't get to know about or see if not for here.