This striking picture was taken at the Ala-Archa National Park in the Tian Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan—a geographic attraction for rock hikers and horseback riders.
‘Archa’ translated is ‘colorful juniper tree’. I learn that the Kyrgyz people have traditionally and spiritually held the juniper tree in high esteem.
The gorge has more than 20 large and small glaciers and 30 mountain passes. Over 800 species of plants thrive here. Bird species number 160; 170 species of animals are here including sheep, wolves, bears, lynx, boar, deer, marmots, and snow leopards.
This photograph is attributed to ‘Tigr’ at Flickr. He was not able to identify the flower, but my guess is they are primula longipes. Anyone out there know for sure?
Nancy R. Peck