It must be cool to find snow in the middle of July! But where? For example, in Kazakhstan.
It was a dull day.
Here in the plain the temperature is as low as 15C – such a summer is in the south of Kazakhstan.
The road was asphalted back in the Soviet times.
It’s not the best place to be during a rockslide.
Local spruces are beautiful.
This place has wonderful landscapes.
The white structure in the background is a yurt of a shepherd. You can also see a serpentine road we have to travel.
It’s an observatory, Assy-Turgen, on top of the plateau.
When one road in Kazakhstan gets too bad, they lay another one.
Snow in the mountains.
Winter does not wish to leave this place.
View of the serpentine road from the top.
Snowing at the end of June!
They started to build that observatory in 1975, and by 1981 it was functioning.
By 1991 two telescope towers had been built here, as well as a hotel complex, but when the country started to collapse the construction was suspended.
It has been affirmed that it’s the only observatory in Kazakhstan with an ideal astroclimate (whose main criteria is air transparency). But unfortunately on that day mist came down on the mountains.
Peaks of the mountains are hiding in the clouds.
Though it is time to come down.