Monday, February 13, 2012

Frosty mornings in Kamchatka

The coldest time of the day is just before the daybreak. But it is also the most beautiful, mystic and photogenic. Here are several early morning photos from my last year wintering in Kronotsky Nature Reserve in Kamchatka.

On the top photo there is a larch tree with an ospray (or sea hawk) nest on the foreground and Kronotsky volcano in the background.

Eruption of Kizimen volcano. It is still erupting, but much less intense than last year.

Larch forest on the banks of Kronotsky Lake.

Steller's sea eagle with the silhouette of Kikhpinych volcano. These birds return to their nesting places in the end of February.

It would be unfair not to show famous fox-Cosmo in the morning light...

...and my neighbour wolverine-Niuschka.

Bolshoy Semyachik volcano.