Helmand province, in the country's barren southwest, is Afghanistan's largest province and has been at the heart of the so called War on Terror hurriedly launched by President George W. Bush following the 9/11 attacks on the US. Away from the news and violence, however, I tried to discover a different sort of Helmand than the one invoked in the news reports. With the Helmand River running through this desert landscape these images are intended to convey a softer, more gentle side to this battlefield that has confounded so many foreign armies.