I’m standing on a narrow moraine ridge in Kenozersky National Park. I can see Vilno Lake (which flows into to the Arctic Ocean) beyond the trees on the one side of me and Maselgskoe Lake (which flows into the Atlantic Ocean) – on the other side. This ridge is a continental border between the two oceans.
I’m trying to make up my mind whether to start moving in the direction of home or to risk it and go to the Polar Circle. The thing is that I feel rather tired already; my truck needs maintenance after the long journey (we’ve left 50 000 km behind!) and won’t survive poor roads.
The golden autumn in the north is coming to an end and is going to change its blazing colors into brown ones. Moreover, a weather forecast says it will rain every day in Karelia and on the Kola Peninsula. SoI’mataloss.
I’ve been living in Kenozersky National Park, the Arkhangelsk Region, for two weeks now. It’s rainy and windy nearly every day here, which prevents me from taking the photos I planned. To make up for that I photograph natural carpets around Kenozero Lake.
It’s Ranger’s Day today and I decided to take a traditional group photo after the official part of the event. Here are two teams in the picture: staffers of Kenozersky and Onezhskoe Pomorye National Parks. The two national parks have been consolidated recently. It’s the colleagues’ first joint meeting. Kenozersky National Park is already 25 years old and its staffers managed to make it the best national park in Russia. Staffers of Onezhskoe Pomorye National Park, on the other hand, are at the start of long work. I took this snapshot on the porch of the museum in the Shishkino village near Kenozero Lake.
Continuous rain prevents me from going out and ruins my plans to travel around Kenozersky National Park. As the Internet in Vershinino is fast, I’m posting these photos taken in Yugyd Va National Park a week ago.
The first photo was taken half an hour before sunset, the second one – after sundown. This is St. Nikolas’s Chapel built in the 18th century with the Vershinino village and Kenozero Lake in the background.
The way from Yugyd Va National Park (the Northern Urals) to Kenozersky National Park on the border between the Arkhangelsk Region and Karelia took me three days. I’mhereforthesixthtimenow. I love this place!
I’ve just returned back from Yugyd Va (which means “fair water” in the Komi language) – the biggest national park in Europe and Russia – to the Vyktul settlement where mainly oil and gas industry workers live. I’ve left the Podcherem and Shchugor – the clearest and the most untouched rivers – behind. Early autumn is wonderful! I’ve taken a lot of photos this week. Now, in the drizzling rain, I’m starting my way to my favorite lands in the north-west of the country …
I returned back from the upper Pechora to Yaksha, then drove 200 km to the Ust-Unia settlement, then sailed aboard a wooden motor boat 75 km along the Pechora to a ranger station at the mouth of the Shizhim River.
Today I had moose milk for breakfast! I’ll write about this moose farm in Pechora-Ilych Nature Reserve in details when I return back home. Now I have no time for that as I’m sailing to the upper reaches of the Pechora for several days. I must just note that the farm is open for tourists. There are visitors hostels on the farm with moose roaming right near the cabins!