Men, in general, are busy with taking care of herds. Here, an Afghan shepherd is working due to shortage of people in Turkish yaylas. Photo: Soner Oruç, 2017
Distribution of yayla settlements along the Georgia–Turkey border in the Western Lesser Caucasus region, a biodiversity hotspot that is also home to numerous cultures. Map: Peren Tuzkaya, 2016
A Hemshin woman in Bilbilhan Yayla — the most multicultural area we met with in Turkey. Photo: Zeynep Türkmen, 2016
Traditional wooden yayla house with stone foundation built by the şaşorti (Paşa Aydemir), in Arsiyan Yayla, near Artvin, Turkey. Photo: Soner Oruç, 2017
Polygonum carneum — a culturally important plant in yaylas. People collect it and make it into a traditional soup that is eaten together for healing. Photo: Soner Oruç, 2017
Wooden Yayla houses built on steep slopes at an elevation of 2400 m. Meydancık-Artvin, Turkey. Photo: Soner Oruç, 2017
A Russian farmer drawing a traditional horse rake around the Turkish–Georgian border near Kartsakhi Lake. Photo: Soner Oruç, 2017
A mountain vegetable garden in Bagin Yayla-Artvin — a refuge for local seed diversity. Photo: Soner Oruç, 2017
An cow ornamented with a wooden good-luck charm (“uzani” tree sticks of Viburnum spp.) against the evil eye and illness. Photo: Soner Oruç, 2017
The şaşortkovan is a beautiful type of crocus that sprays the yaylas with white every fall before the snows come. The name means “the flower that expels grandmothers,” and it signals that it is time to leave the yayla! Photo: Soner Oruç, 2017
Ceren (right) interviewing Anete Merevishvili (middle) and Natela Kokoshvili (left) about traditional plant knowledge in Ude Yayla in Meskheti Region. Photo: Soner Oruç, 2017



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