The Foreign Service Journal, July-August 2024

BY ALEX NOPPE n KULIKALON LAKE, TAJIKISTAN LOCAL LENS Kulikalon Lake in Tajikistan’s northwestern Fann Mountains is only accessible by driving over roads more pothole than pavement followed by a long uphill trek. The sunrise over the lake makes the grueling journey worth it. Ninety-three percent covered in mountains, Tajikistan is a nature lover’s paradise, boasting an endless collection of spectacular trails. n Alex Noppe is a public diplomacy officer who has served in Istanbul and Dushanbe. He started a new assignment in Islamabad this summer. This photo was taken in 2020 with his iPhone X. Please submit your favorite, recent photograph to be considered for Local Lens. Images must be high resolution (at least 300 dpi at 8” x 10”, or 1 MB or larger) and must not be in print elsewhere. Include a short description of the scene/event as well as your name, brief biodata, and the type of camera used. Send to 78 JULY AUGUST 2024 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL