Blogroll


Michael J Totten Button

Roger L. Simon Button

Instapundit

Dissident Frogman

Blog-Iran

Meaningful Distinction Button

A Brief History…
A retired Surgeon's Politics and History Blog

Argghhh! The Home of Two of Jonah's Military Guys

blackflag

Boston Maggie
An Officer's Lady and Force of Nature

Chaos From Order

COUNTERCOLUMN: With your host, Huck of Darkness

Ed Driscoll.com - Weblog
Frequent PJTV contributor

Eject! Eject! Eject!
He's BACK!

Exit Zero -

Flopping Aces

From Holland to Kurdistan
Vladimir van Wilgenburg

MilBlogs
milblogs, military, war on terror

Mr. Smash goes to Washington

On The Third Hand

Power Line

Samizdata.net
A blog for people with a critically rational individualist perspective. We are developing the social individualist meta-context for the future. From the very serious to the extremely frivolous.

Samuel J. Scott

Sean LaFreniere

She Who Will Be Obeyed!
Chatelaine of the Castle Argghhh!

small dead animals

The Barnyard

The Corner on National Review Online

The Jawa Report v3.0 Beta

The Thunder Run

Who Knew?

« Need Help Tracking Unknown Ordnance | Main | More Photos (and Mystery) from Iraq »

March 14, 2007

Quick Photo Gallery of Iraq

-Patrick S Lasswell

Patrick in the Snow Kurdistan 2.jpg

You Notice This is Not Baghdad. (Not everyplace in Iraq is sand and palm trees, honest.

Michael is also not in Baghdad, he has taken up work as a wedding photographer in Erbil. Okay, just for the evening.

Flowers for My Wife.jpg

So I was just sure that there wouldn't be daffodil-like flowers in Iraq. Kurdistan is full of pleasant surprises. Turns out that for one week during the year, these bloom up in the mountains. I got these flowers for my lovely wife.

Iraqi Army Truck and HMMWV .jpg

On the way back home from the mountains, we came across these vehicles, part of an Iraqi Army convoy up in Kurdistan. They weren't pointing their weapons at the locals.

Rowanduz Gorge at Rowanduz Kurdistan.jpg

When you hear about the rugged terrain of Kurdistan, please feel free to picture this. This is the Rowanduz Gorge at Rowanduz. Referance the houses on the right for scale. Rowanduz was a stopping point on the Silk Road for several millenia.

Goats in the Mountains with Flowering Apricot Trees.jpg

Goat Blogging from Iraq! I raised goats as a child, but never in terrain like this. We also didn't have flowering apricot trees on the Oregon coast.

Patrick in the Cavern 1.jpg

Spelunking in a limestone cavern in Iraq. Our fixer really loves the mountains and took us to all the most interesting places. The cavern was used as a shelter for sheep and goats during the winter storms. It took hours to get that off my boots.

WorkLED in Kurdistan Cavern 2.jpg

While in the cavern, we tested out some new LED lights a friend of mine is making [inretech@yahoo.com]. This light is 30 of the brightest LEDs available anywhere. It is running off a car battery I bought in Iraq. It produced a very bright spot that lit the cavern for more than 50 yards. Our fixer had never seen so much of the cavern before. With the power in that battery the WorkLED would continue to produce good light for over a week.

Our Fixer Seeing the Cavern for the First Time with LED Lights.jpg

This is our fixer seeing the cavern for the first time although he has often been there. He is now a product spokesman in five languages. He's carrying a QuadLight adapter for MagLite(TM) while I am helping out with the WorkLED. With the QuadLight in hand he went further back into the cavern than he had ever been.

More as energy and bandwidth becomes available.

Comments

Discovered your blog off of Instapundit and have read through it with interest as I have lived in Iraqi Kurdistan for the past few months. I live north of Erbil and have heard rumors of the cave which you explored. Is this perhaps the Shanidar Cave? Do you remember what town it is near?

Thanks!

Pat...you've haven't changed a bit since our days in Bandon. Catch me up.

V

Pat...you haven't changed a bit since our days in Bandon. Catch me up.

V

Pat...you haven't changed a bit since our days in Bandon. Catch me up.

V

its Kurdistan Iraq Not Have Control Over

its Kurdistan Iraq Not Have Control Over

(Note from Patrick: I titled it Iraq because I wanted more people to take notice. You may have noticed that Kurds die because they are ignored. Pride is fine. Survival is important. )

Its Kurdistan Iraq Do Not Have Control Over there Only Kurdish Peshmerge ..good

(Note from Patrick: I titled it Iraq because I wanted more people to take notice. You may have noticed that Kurds die because they are ignored. Pride is fine. Survival is important. )



Powered by
Movable Type 3.2