The early bird…wakes up the rest ones

Making such breathtaking photos in May and June takes getting up before 4 a.m. It’s quite a challenge…
Some years ago on Kamchatka I got acquainted with Airpano pilot Stas Sedov. He is a radical early bird: he rises indecently early to make photos and videos, besides he can’t behave calm. He used to leave me no choice but to get up early before dawn too, which made me feel sleepy the whole day after that.
A couple of days ago he visited our village to deliver goods and alcohol to poor people in quarantine, and didn’t let me sleep again. Look, what it resulted in. And this video shows not only the Nerussa River in Bryansk Forest Nature Reserve, but my village and my horses! By the way, the video was made right from my porch!
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The expedition is going on!

I’m driving through Veps forest on the border between the Leningrad and Vologda Regions. Wet snow and mellow autumn surround me. I’ve found a good road and communication in Vinnitsy, Podporozhskiy district. I’m going to reach home to wait for mellow autumn there…

Vodlozero Lake

My expedition is going on. I’ve caught up with mellow autumn again on Vodlozero Lake. Here, in Kuganavolok village of Pudozhskiy district, Karelia, the station of Vodlozerskiy National Park, where I’ve been working nearly for a week, is located. I’ve seen the Ileksa River surrounded by famous pristine forests. This night I’m staying in Kuganovolok to leave for the islands next morning.

In chase of mellow autumn

It’s been three weeks since I came to Yugyd Va National Park, the Republic of Komi, North Urals. It’s the biggest terrestrial national park in Europe with vast pristine forests. After two weeks of floating along the Shchugor River in my rubber boat I reached the full-flowing Pechora River to pick my expedition truck in Podcherie village.

It’s the place where European mellow autumn begins. I got in the midst of it on the Shchugor. But yesterday squall wind turned golden surroundings into brown ones. Today I’m moving southwards in chase of mellow autumn in warmer places. The conception of this trip is to stay in the midst of mellow autumn from September to November…

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Look, what I’ve found! There are traces of other civilizations in the Bryansk forest!

Today my quadcopter has changed the knowledge of the Bryansk Region (famous mainly for its partisans and potato fields) forever. These photos which were made a couple of kilometers from my house took my breath away!  I know that the most fascinating things usually exist just steps from our home, but my recent discovery is beyond expectations!  These lines really look like Nazca geoglyphs in Peru. At last! The Bryansk Forest Nature Reserve will have extra investments from crowds of tourists longing to see the new miracle! And I’ll have my share, too!
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This autumn in Caucasian Nature Reserve

I returned back home from Caucasian Nature Reserve where I tried to take photos of ancient forests and animals inhabiting them.
I visited the nature reserve for the first time in 15 years and was astonished to see that animals had multiplied surprisingly. I just realize how much specialists’ effort it took! During the morning I sometimes saw about one hundred deer and some dozens of bison on the slopes of Yatyrgvarta mountain!

I’ve just left the nature reserve, but I can’t wait to get there again. Here are several photos.

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An ancient giant in Caucasian Nature Reserve

It’s raining in Guzeripl now. My tent is located under this ancient oak near a ranger station in Caucasian Nature Reserve. This oak may be one of the “characters” of my new photo project about old forests and trees. The tree is two meters wide which is a little wider than the basement of my tent. Today I’m going up the mountains where I'll be offline.

My new photo-project about Russian ancient forests

I have been putting one of my long-held dreams into life for some days now. I started a new long-lasting photo-projects dedicated to life of old trees, important ecological role of ancient forests and necessity to protect them.

I can’t imagine real forests without tree hollows, fallen trunks, impassable debris and gloomy bogs, without wolves howling in the distance and bear pawprints on the ground. People have been using and adapting forests to their own needs for centuries. Forests near human settlements in Russia are dramatically changed due to repeated cutting down, monocropping, urbanization, agriculture, construction of roads, pipelines, power transmission lines, waste grounds. Biological diversity level is very low in such forests.

Nowadays only small islands of primeval untouched forests remain in protected areas or on the outskirts of civilization hardly suitable for life. Most people nowadays have never seen and will never see real primeval forests. Using my camera, I hope to show ancient forests to wide audience.

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