Yaks in snow

Yaks graze during a snow flurry in Sichuan Province’s Yalong River Valley. In the traditional Tibetan nomad economy, one’s wealth was valued by the number of yaks that they owned. Each part of the animal is useful, such as the skin for clothing and the milk for cheese.

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Michael Yamashita

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning photographer who has been shooting for National Geographic magazine for more than 30 years. He specialized in Asia after spending seven years in the region following his graduation from Wesleyan University.