Georgia is a mountainous country straddling western Asia and eastern Europe, between the Black and Caspian Seas. Georgia’s northern border with Russia roughly runs along the crest of the Greater Caucasus mountain range. It is home to some of Europe’s highest peaks. Livestock are rounded up every evening into corrals for protection from wolves. Here, sheep stream into the morning sunlight after being released from their corral near Omalo. When plagues swept through the region, infected villagers were banished to stone buildings such as these on a nearby clifftop to await death. Inside, the remains ofprobable plague victims can still be seen.
A break in the clouds during a stormy morning in Juta village, high in the mountains of Mtskheta-Mtianeti. A shepherd leads his flock along a river near the village of Khiso. Morning mist drifts over a small church near Ukhati, along the historic north-south Georgian Military Highway. Ancient defensive towers sprout from the top of the village of Omalo in Tusheti national park, which borders the Russian republics of Chechnya and Dagestan. The wind-battered cross atop the Abano Pass. The 2,826-metre pass, with its free wifi hotspot, is a favoured rest stop for travellers on the treacherous road from Kakheti up into the Tusheti region.