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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More photos of morning mist – Kamchatka mist this time


I love taking photos of fleeting things – some subtle conditions of nature seen at the confluence of two seasons or times of day: blue twilight before dawn or after sunset, morning frost on cowberry, sunbeam appearing through heavy clouds, a spot of light on a hillside, freezing horses on the outskirts of a village in the morning. Short-lasting morning mists before sunny summer days are one of my favorite themes. Yesterday I posted mists melting under the sun in Bryansk Forest Nature Reserve. Today I’m posting mists in the other part of our country. There is Kuril Lake in South-Kamchatka Federal Sanctuary on the photo above with Iliinskiy volcano vent in the foreground. A couple of bright-red pixels on the rim of the vent are me (my anorak to be precise :)) It took me a day to climb the volcano with a heavy bag on my back and get on the rim by dawn. But it was well worth it! The mist disappeared so fast that I spent only two batteries of four for quadrotor flights.
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Kenozersky National Park. Bird's eye panorama of Pechozersky churchyard


A masterpiece created by our ancestors and preserved thanks to our contemporaries’ hard work.
It’s not only wildlife that nature reserves and national parks or our motherland conserve. There are a lot of unique objects of historical and cultural heritage ranging from Paleolithic rock painting in Kapova Cave (Shulgan-Tash Nature Reserve, Bashkiria) to partisans’ pit-houses (Bryansk Forest nature Reserve).

There is recently restored Pochozersky church complex in Kenozersky National Park (Filippovskaya village, Plesetskiy District, the Arkhangelsk Region) in the picture above. The listed buildings of the XVIII century is located on the moraine between Pochozero and Svyatozero Lakes.

Besides permanent maintenance of many ancient chapels and traditional household objects in Kenozersky National Park, the nature reserve staff has recently performed extremely hard and expensive work aimed at reconstruction of two nearly ruined church complexes: Porzhensky and Pochozersky churchyards.

I would like to show my great respect to the national park and its director Elena Flegontovna Shatkovskaya.

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