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"Prayer cloths on the memorial in Narynkol near the sacred mountain Khan-Tengri venerate Raiymebek, a Kazakh warrior who fought the Dzungars (Mongols) in the 1700s. His name became a battle cry for his tribe, the Alban. We came upon this memorial on the day before we were to return to the United States after finishing our last shoot, fittingly, at the summit of Khan-Tengri. I had carried a prayer cloth with me during the yer we photographed in Kazakhstan and still had it wih me. I tied my prayer cloth to the memorial; and as my wife, Patti, and I drove away, a double-rainbow formed over the Steppes, a fitting marker after a remarkable year of discovery."