Band-e Amir became Afghanistan’s first national park in 2009. A trip to these six lakes makes for a pleasant day trip from Bamiyan. There’s very little that text can add to these images from the summer of 1975. If you visit the lakes today you can rent a paddle-swan to ride around at least one of them. These spring fed lakes are always uncomfortably cool as I found in a brief dip in the middle of July. They really are the color hinted at in these photographs.