Saturday, January 21, 2012

Portraits of Mary of Kronotsky Nature Reserve.



Today I checked my photo-archive to see what was I photographing last January. And it turns out, I was working on portraits of Mary, my female moose neighbor at Kronotsky Nature Reserve ranger station. How is she doing there this winter?









Originally posted by at Портреты кроноцкой Машеньки.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Wolverine in twilight.



For several years I haven't been outside of Russia - Kamchatka was the only thing on my mind and it was taking up all my time and resourses. But finally I decided and visited a photo-festival in Germany last week. I made two presentations there in front of different audiences and noticed that this photo of a wolverine caused a unanimous "aaaah" in both cases.

I remembered that I did not show this photo in my online journal, so here it is...

Originally posted by at Росомаха в сумерках.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

"Frozen" sea eagle.




This is a story from last year wintering in Kamchatka.

It is a bright and fresh December morning with the temperature somewhere below -13F (-25C). But the sun is rising, so it's getting slightly warmer. I am pacing along the banks of Kronotskaya river, if I'd walk slower my feet would freeze in my rain boots. The fog is coming from the water. Large fish is leaving crease marks on the surface - the coho salmon ruts are still going upstream for spawning. Next to the spawning ground, on top of an old Erman's birch tree I see tree Steller's sea eagles sleeping. As I approach two of them fly away. When I come closer I notice that the bird that stayed did not even move: his head was under a wing, just as a common village rooster.

"The eagle must be dead," - I'm thinking -