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I was born and brought up in Iran, a beautiful country full of history. I started taking photos at an early age of my life with a Lubitel, a Russian twin lenses camera. Most of my photos in those days were black and white. It was a very nice camera that my parents gave me when I was 15 years old.

I always loved to see images. I remember that I would spend time in the library for hours and hours looking at the different photos in Life Magazine, National Geographic and other photographic journals and books. Also I always loved nature, and the different patterns made in it. I remember because of my Entomology studies, I would spend hours in the laboratory looking into microscopes at those beautiful and perfect structures that God created in those different tiny flowers, plants, tiny nematods, animals and insects. Then after I finished university in Iran, I left to do on my M.Sc. in California, the Golden State. There I was witness to even more of the beauties that nature held in each different moments of time. I remember I was always walking and trying to absorb all the scenes in my mind and memory as well as recording them on film. I forgot to say that I received another precious gift from my parents. That was a Canon camera with a fixed lense (G-III QL17). Then after I finished my studies, I returned to Iran for work. I consider myself an artist photographer.

At present I have a lovely Minolta Dynax 7, Mamiya 7II with few lenses. I still love and adore nature and all aspects of it. As a result I love macro photography, landscape, architecture (old and new), and many other categories like artistic abstracts, travel, people, fashion, and photo journalism.

In February 2008, I was delighted to be one of the Amateur UK Photographers short-listed in the Sony World Photography Competition 2008. http://www.worldphotographyawards.org/shortlist/amateur-AB.html

I have a vast numbers of printed photos, slides and thousands of negatives which all are archived in many folders.

I love to share my observations through my photos with those people who love and appreciate.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kombizz/

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Proud Henrietta

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I met Henrietta at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. She wore the medallions of her grand father. She told me her grand father did not die in the war. instead he killed himself graduately with so much smoking cigarettes after the war.
Henrietta made this gesture with her hand in order to show her solidarity with peace all around the world with new hope of elected new American president, Barack Obama.

Saffron Flower

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Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of the saffron crocus (Crocus sativus), a species of crocus in the family Iridaceae. The flower has three stigmas, which are the distal ends of the plant's carpels. Together with its style, the stalk connecting the stigmas to the rest of the plant, these components are often dried and used in cooking as a seasoning and colouring agent.

Saffron, which has for decades been the world's most expensive spice by weight is native to Southwest Asia. It was first cultivated in the vicinity of Greece.

The word saffron originated from the 12th-century Old French term safran, which derives from the Latin word safranum. Safranum is also related to the Italian zafferano and Spanish azafrán. Safranum comes from the Arabic word asfar, which means "yellow" via the paronymous zaffaran, the name of the spice in Arabic.

Approximately 170,000 flowers are needed for one kilogram of dried saffron; typically, one would need 2000 square meter field area per kg harvest.

As a therapeutical plant, saffron it is considered an excellent stomach ailment and an antispasmodic, helps digestion and increases appetite. It is also relieves renal colic, reduces stomachaches and relieves tension. It is also considered that in small quantities it regulates women’s menstruation, and helps conception. It is a fact that even since antiquity, crocus was attributed to have aphrodisiac properties. Crocus in general is an excellent stimulant!

World Production of Saffron, crop year 2003-2004

Iran ... 180 ..tons >> 94.73%
Greece ... 3 ..tons >> 1.58%
Spain .... 1 ..tons >> 0.53 %
Morocco .. 1 ..tons >> 0.53 %
India .... 2 ..tons >> 1.05 %

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saffron#_note-Katzer_2001

Solve the puzzle [Sept double 1]

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Shakira Al Jamila

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La Miserable 2008 - Paris

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My neighbor's message

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Peace offering to President Bush

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These people are part of a bigger group of Iranian people who love and promote "P E A C E" to whoever whose heart are filled with hate!

In that occasion when I was trying to find a complete rainbow in full in order to take a photo, (you could see it in the background), I met them.

They asked me to send their image with a message of "LOVE" to the President of America, Mr George W. Bush. I tried to tell them I was not able to. They insisted so much that I did NOT want to break their hearts.

So I am uploading their images with their 'PEACE OFFERING' here, perhaps somebody closer to president George W. Bush give their message to him !

They are representive of three (3) generations of Iranian population.
The man with dark glasses educated in the West and now prefered to stay in Iran to earn more money.
The lady with 'Chaddur', an Islamic traditional covering is a grandmother with 9 grandchildren.
The third man on the right is a farmer and a jack of all trades.

20 SUGGESTIONS FOR PEACE .......DO GIVE THEM A TRY ! PLEASE !

1- Cultivate a home life where children develop a sense of well-being and wholeness.
2- Join a parent support group.
3- Provide a good example.
4- Help children experience forgiveness.
5- Don't buy war toys.
6- Avoid entertainment glorifying violence.
7- Curb backyard fighting.
8- Deemphasize possessions.
9- Tone down war expectancy.
10- Talk about war and peace.
11- Stress cooperative play.
12- Tell stories about love & peace.
13- Cultivate imagination.
14- Encourage autonomy.
15- Emphasize what it is that creates violence.
16- Have an abundance of peace materials in the home.
17- Cultivate friendships with other peacemakers.
18- Provide international experiences.
19- Support projects that express concern.
20- Send peace cards and letters.

Quoted from Lorne Peachey's Twenty Suggestions For Teaching Peace.

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"Are YOU a Terrorist?"

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"Would you tells us if you are a terrorist?" that man asked that poor woman on street just because she observed her Hejob, or Islamic head scarf!
I guess these days where ever 'you' go you are under suspicious UNLESS 'you' stay at home!

"FEAR" of New Terrorism !?