This is the sequel of my Central Asian photographs series. On the first photo you see a street of the ancient Osh City, which is situated in Southern Kyrgyzstan. This photograph was made in late May of 2008, as well as the other two images below.
At that time some Russians might still be seen there, I don’t know if there are any nowadays, after the latest inter-ethnic armed conflict between Kyrgyz population and Kyrgyzstan citizens of Uzbek origin.
In mid-spring people pick edible mountain mushrooms here. I used to go to these places for mushrooms too, before I migrated to Russia in 2004.
Did you know that birch grows not only in usual plain forests? Yes, it does. Below are birch trees growing high up in the mountains of Southern Kyrgyzstan.
And this is fir tree, the photograph was made in Kyrgyzstan last August:
The three photographs were made in May, 2011, near Kadamzhay settlement, which is located in Batken region in southern Kyrgyzstan. Not far from the depicted places is the great Ferghana Valley.
Amur tigers are grand predators inhabiting Russian and Chinese Far East. They are not endangered species anymore, but are still very rare. Poachers are the main enemies of the Amur tiger.
These great and beautiful Far Eastern cats are much bigger than those living in India – Bengal tigers, and less aggressive to people.
There is a rare animal in Central Asia known as «snow leopard» or «irbis». It also may be found in Tibet, Southern Siberia and Eastern Kazakhstan. It is a kind of big wild cat living in Asian rocky mountains.
Snow leopards are predators living on wild sheep, goats, hares and even yaks, if they find a stray one without its herd.
Usually snow leopards don’t behave themselves agressively to people, unless being wounded. These animals should be saved from extinction in order to preserve natural balance between herbivores and flora. And it is a beautiful animal by itself.
Snow leopard’s skin is very expensive, that is why there was time when the animal was close to extinction. Maybe, the fact that they prefer to live high up in the mountainous areas that are difficult of access helped them stay alive.