Near the sacred town of Muktinath, holy place to both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims, there are many, many tiny wildflowers.
Because of the altitude (3800 meters or 12,500 feet), these flowers must be small to survive.
This tiny blue Gentian was photographed not far from Muktinath in the Mustang region of Nepal. Identified in the Nepali flower books as Gentiana tubiflora this little stunner is an example of the size of the rest of the flowers in this post. The photo was taken on April 27, 2011.
This Gentiana ornata is a little larger than the previous blue gentian, but not much. Taken the same day in the same area of Lower Mustang. All of the photos in today's blog are within a week of that timeframe.
This Androsace with its pretty multi-hued flowers is found on the saddles of high passes in the region. One could fit 15 of these flowers on a thumbnail, to give an idea of scale. This could perhaps by Androsace lehmanni or Androsace tapete. These dense cushions appear to be rocks unless you look closely.
Another tiny flower on the high passes near Muktinath.
This is the wildflower walk that led to the Androsace shown earlier in the post. Just to give you some context. By the way, this is considered the 'off season' and it is our favorite time to travel to Lower Mustang. The wildflowers to be seen vary greatly by altitude and there are many microclimates in the mountains.
More context. This is our hotel whilst in the town of Jharkot. We prefer Jharkot to Muktinath because it is charming and the road bypasses the village. The Hotel New Plaza is a spectacular starting point for wildflower walks in the Himalayas. Or wildflower treks. Those high saddles have wildflowers, but you may need a magnifying glass. The trek is always worth it.
For more of the Himalayan Wildflower series on Typepad, please link here.
All identifications are based on the book "Concise Flowers of the Himalaya" by Oleg Polunin and Adam Stainton, published by the Oxford University Press, Oxford India Paperbacks.
I do notice that the authors of this book (one who died in 1985) did not travel to this specific area of Nepal (lower Mustang - from Keg Beni to Muktinath and everything in between), therefore the bloom times vary, and I need to take more photos of the leaves if possible to make identification easier. I promise to do better this season.
Of course, it would not be the Danger Dog Blog if I did not include a Beware of Dog sign. This naive sign, now guarding the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Project) Kitchen, has been an inspiration to me even before I became an art dealer specializing in commissioned Beware of Dog signs from Nepal.
The Nepalese translation for the above sign is 'Kukur dehi sabadan' or 'Be aware of dog'.
This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world. I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living. Everybody is happy. Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!
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