Photo essay: Miāne Hāle beach

by Sid Sarshar
Not far from the Rāmsar airport exists a community called Miāne Hāle. The beach at Miāne Hāle is one of the few places remaining along the Caspian Sea which still has some resemblance to what the beaches looked like when I was growing up in the area more than 30 years ago. A nice sandy beach peppered with sadafs (shells), Tusca (Alder) trees and a nahr (stream) coming through the surrounding hills and pouring into the Caspian. Most beaches along the Caspian Sea have been badly damaged due to rising waters and lack of proper environmental management. Local residents have also contributed to the destruction by acts such as removing sand for construction, using the beach as a dump site, and total disregard for indigenous plants and animals. I’m afraid the beach at Miāne Hāle will not look like this much longer. The Tusca trees are dying of pollution, and there are reports that number of migrating birds are dwindling. This is a last look at this beautiful dying beach.

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Dear Amirbparviz

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This beach does not need his majesty, it needs a few bikini’s and it will come back to life :-)


Cameron Jan,

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Thanks for the welcome, I promise to stay more active and post more essays.  How is your Rostam project?  I think your work is extremely important and necessary to keep the next generation involved with our culture and history.  Please let me know if I can help in any way.


I miss the days when Iranians had a sense of wishing to

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accomplish good acts. : (   Even the beach is cold and despoiled without his majesty and his team, who are missed very much in every village, town and city.  Sometimes I wonder if those who call the Late Shah a Dictator are aware of what feelings they awaken in the hearts of Intelligent Iranians? 


Thanks for the photos

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Hi Sid,

Hope you are well and I glad to see you posting yourinspired images again.


esfand jan, mssread your comment, sorry.

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Sid Sarshar

Esfand Aashena

I meant "nice" nature not it's nice that trash is in the nature!

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Everything is sacred


Maziar 58 and Esfand

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Dear maziar, I saw a sign near by which said Miyaneh hale, I also verified it with my relative.  That does not mean Miyaneh Kaleh is not used, many communities in the area are called something kaleh.

 Esfand, Glad to see you enjoy trash in nature.  You will enjoy visiting Iran tremendously :-) 

Esfand Aashena

Nice. It is heartbreaking to see trash in beautiful nature.

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Everything is sacred

maziar 58


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Thanks for The pictures.

Is it miyan mahale or kaleh ?

just asking ; Thanks