I've been away for a couple of weeks - far from computers but clicking away happily on my still new Nikon D80. Thanks to Adam for his Iranian new year wishes - I hope you all have a happy 1387.

First I spent a week in Iranian Baluchestan, near the Pakistan border. With Betel stains on the walls, spicy food, long beaches and brightly-coloured mosques it was was one step closer to India and a world away from Tehran.

Then from the far south of Iran I came back to the capital and headed north to the forests of Gorgan province. Hiking up the mountains and rising up above the clouds. The wettest, greenest, lushest, freshest forests I had ever seen. Behruz, this is one for you as I was with all your old buddies from Terhan Uni.

Pics from both these trips coming soon...