Click on Al's Images from the Republic of Georgia

Allen Fredrickson is nothing if not obsessed with photography and the perfection of digital images. In September 2008, following the Russian occupation of Georgia, he traveled to the capital Tbilisi with reporter Geoff Davidian. Here is the low-hanging fruit of the start of that trip, with the occasionally sarcastic captions


A woman mops up at St Mary's Georgian Orthodox Church in Tbilisi, while outside an unseen woman grieves for a long time.

Georgian public phones are vehicles for a lot of text communications, too.

With its roots dating back 16 centuries, the city of Tbilisi is a trove of architecture, from Byzantium to post-Soviet luxury hotels.

Georgians are a smoking people, with an estimated 60% of the males hooked, according to the Journal of Human Hypertension.

Smoking is one of the causes of the epidemic of cardiovascular disease in this area. See here

Not surprisingly, marijuana is also widely used.

Some older trains in Georgia are works of art as well as transportation

An old woman peers through the bars in her window at the neighborhood comings and goings not far from the Parliament building in Tbilisi.

Kolkheti National Park, Located in western Georgia on the coast of the Black Sea, is a great place for bird watching.

You meet the local birds here, and many species of migratory birds as well. Many of the species in the national park are included in the Red Data Book of Georgia as they’re considered to be on the edge of extinction (the great white egret and crane are two of the examples).

A group of men sitting around a restaurant table in Tbilisi is photographed through a fine curtain, as a singer accompanies an accordion player nearby.

Not exactly the Clydesdales, but not too far off, either.

Although receiving aid from the US, The third world Republic of Georgia lights its Parliament building nightly, despite the high price of electricity

The overnight train from Batumi to Tbilisi pulls into the Kobuleti station three minutes early but there is no warning about the stench inside.

The foreign minister of Armenia, left, is not as much of a babe as his Georgian counterpart.