I spotted this unique flower near the Lingshed Monastery, on the way to Lamayuru in Ladakh. Such a delicate bloom growing in the heart of a desolate, arid landscape.
Ladakh is in the far northwestern corner of India between Pakistan and China, in the rain shadow of the Himalayas. Its parched valleys fold and crease like the skin of an elephant, treeless hills crumble into driving rivers of glacial melt. Atop barren hills, dignified monasteries shudder in the breeze. And somehow within this inhospitable landscape tiny pockets of brilliant green flourish, nourished by a sophisticated system of aqueducts drawing water from high mountain passes into the tiny, ancient civilisations which populate these valleys.