Imaggeo On Monday: The Virgin Forest of Arasbârân

Imaggeo On Monday: The Virgin Forest of Arasbârân

This photo was taken standing in the middle of Arasbârân Forest, a beautiful virgin forest in Kaleybar, East Azerbaijan province, Iran. In Autumn and Spring, it gets extremely rainy around this area, thus begins the flowing of ephemeral streams, like the one that is captured in this photo. Located between the Caspian Sea, Aras River and the Mediterranean region, this forest has got exceptional conditions of climate and environment.

It’s been noted that Arasbârân is home to 215 species of birds, notably the Caucasian black grouse, grey partridge, and common pheasant; 29 species of reptiles; and 48 species of mammals, notably wild goat, wild boar, brown bear, wolf, lynx, and leopard. When going jungle trekking in this beautiful forest, “beware of the brown bears” signs are everywhere…

Description by Roshanak Tootoonchi, after the description on


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