MID­DLE EARTH

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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.

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