The photo in the header of this is from the outskirts of my hometown, Astara, in the Guilan province in Northern Iran. It is on the Southwest corner of the Caspian Sea coastline and borders Azerbaijan, the country which is vaguely visible in the horizon. I took this photo during my visit to Iran in June 2004. My use of this photo for ParsTimeout is a tribute to my birthplace and to Caspian Sea, both of which are very dear to me. Below is the original photo in full.