The ancient land of Georgia stretches between the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. Here, there are caves and canyons so impregnable that not even a satellite can see inside. Water is the greatest sculptor, and at Martvili Canyon — a gorge carved out by the Abasha River — it was at its best. Take care getting in, but this place seemed like an illustration in one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, a place where the elves dwell. It features clear waterfalls that fall down from steep, fern-covered cliffs draped with hanging ivy branches that resemble festive lights. Everything is insanely beautiful.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF GEORGIA
LOCATION Okatse and Martvili canyons
PHOTOGRAPHER Viktor Lyagushin
Okatse (top) was not divable, but Martvili Canyon (bottom) offers a fast drift past water-sculpted rock.