Tibet (Amnyi Machen). The mighty Amnyi Machen Range.[Title from recto of photo mount.] Photograph by Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962, American, Austrian)
A’nyêmaqên Mountains, Qinghai Sheng, China
July 20, 1926 [Date from Diary.]
“It was a difficult climb to the summit of Sachü Yimkar…. From the slopes I gained a peep at the large pyramid of the Amnyi Machin and I shouted for joy being certain of a glorious view for there was not a cloud in the sky. Arrived at the summit….. Here we were at 15,200 ft. elevation and before us about 30 miles away towered this huge mass of ice and snow…. I secured five photos of the range and one real good one with my binoculars….” (244-245)
—Rock, Joseph Francis Charles, Diary, 1924-1927, vol. 6, Archives, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh Library. ; Excerpt from July 20, 1926.
Joseph Charles Francis Rock (1884–1962) was, among many things, an explorer. He traveled in Asia from 1920 until 1949 collecting plants for various institutions including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Geographic Society, and the Arnold Arboretum. Charles Sargent hired Rock to explore China and Tibet for the Arboretum with the assignment to collect and photograph rare specimens and search for hardier forms of certain species.
If you would like to read more about the work and travels of Rock, the Archive Collection of the Arnold Arboretum holds the Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884-1962) papers, 1922-1962.
Photographs by Joseph Francis Charles Rock in the Joseph Francis Charles Rock Papers: Copyright © 1924-2003, President and Fellows of Harvard College; all rights reserved. Photographs and images from the collection may be reproduced only with written permission. Contact the Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library of Harvard University, Jamaica Plain for permissions and fees.