Photographer's Note

At the end of every year we greet the new year with the same hopes and dreams that this time round it will be a year which will show that we are moving towards a more compassionate, caring, fairer and less bloody existence. The more optimistic of us see positive signs from year to year, others see little or no change in our behaviour.

I hope that 2015 will bring positive changes, more genuine peace accords between waring parties so that families can return to their homes and rebuild their lives, less disparity between the haves and have nots and greater care for our fragile earth.

And just as importantly let us strive on an individual basis to be kinder, more understanding and compassionate individuals; but then I think most TE members have these qualities.

Best wishes to all TE members for the year that awaits us and that when you walk through the door, the courtyard before you will be one that brings you happiness and contentment.

The photo features an old door which is the entrance to the walled courtyard of a traditional house in Abyaneh.

WIKIPEDIA:Abyaneh (Persian: ابيانه‎, also Romanized as Ābyāneh, Ābiāneh, and Abyāneh) is a village in Barzrud Rural District, in the Central District of Natanz County, Isfahan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 305, in 160 families.

Characterized by a peculiar reddish hue, the village is one of the oldest in Iran, attracting numerous native and foreign tourists year-round, especially during traditional feasts and ceremonies.

An Abyunaki woman typically wears a white long scarf (covering the shoulders and upper trunk) which has a colourful pattern and an under-knee skirt. Abyunaki people have persistently maintained this traditional costume despite pressures from time to time by the government trying to change it.

On top of the village sits the ruins of a Sasanid era fort.

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