Here we go! Lena Pillars! The famous geological monument on the Lena River (Yakutia / Russia) was the third spot visited by Ilya Kovyakin, a friend of mine from Magadan, his family and Ajar Varlamov on their 3-day journey along one of the world’s biggest river.

The 2nd day of Ilya’s Elanka — Buotama — Lena Pillars trip was also dedicated to fishing, but on the Buotama River, a Lena River tributary. The 1st day, as you know, was spent in the village of Elanka. The Buotama River mouth is located just in front of the Bulgunnyahtakh village (a neighboring settlement north off Elanka, a few minutes by a ride) on the east side of the Lena River. Further, find more photographs taken by Ajar Varlamov and some facts.

In June, Ilya Kovyakin, a friend of mine from Magadan, asked me to help him with fishing on the Lena River and travelling to Lena Pillars. He said, he would wish to do that in the course of 3 days. I was like, «My god, I am not a fisherman, I don’t have a boat, and I’ve heard that great fishing might happen in far away places… So…» Eventually, the idea arrived… Everything might be done on the way from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars with visiting three places…

Ajar Varlamov rocks! Enjoy his new set of photographs dedicated to the current spring in Yakutia… with gorgeous snowdrops and ice floating on the Lena River. Spring pictures were mostly taken in the Kangalass Cape.

Proudly present the «Artists of Yakutia & Self-Portraits» art exhibit taken place two months ago at the Yrgel art gallery in Yakutsk, Siberia/Russia. Follow the link to see 42 paintings and installations in Ajar Varlamov’s pictures.

In above pictures: my 3-month puppy, Ogonyok, on the left and Ajar Varlamov‘s 4-month Marishka on the right. Ogonyok is a boy, Marishka is a lady In the morning I texted the sms to Ajar saying that I had received the PetLawn from my Los Angeles friends, who invented and started producing that product. I said, if he would wish to see what it was, he might come to my place. He replied, “Sure. I will come and with my puppy, Marishka.” I, “Cool. I didn’t see her…

Great news! As someone said, «Oops, we did it again!» We launched the new website dedicated solely to the cutest Yakut laika dogs. Our dream became true. The resource is supported by Arctic Travel LLC, Lena Sidorova (a cynologist), Ajar Varlamov & me.. The Yakut laika is the unique Yakutia-originated breed of Siberian huskies. They’ve got blue eyes. They can run long distances for ever. They are the best hunters and herders’ helpers. They are so wonderful and beautiful that they apparently deserve your attention. Let’s make them…

Thomas Ross Miller, the curator of our joint «On the Road of Bones» photo exhibit in Brooklyn, NYC, informs that a couple of major New York newspapers have listed this Friday night’s open house reception at the Kris Waldherr Art and Words Studio Gallery in their events pages. Woo hoo! Many visitors and reporters are expected to come to that event on October 15th, 2010. More NY exhibit details are available in the previous post. You might also wish to check out the exhibition schedule at http://ontheroadofbones.com/. Meanwhile,…

How to travel from Yakutsk to Lena Pillars on the Lena River? The most favourite mean is by comfortable river cruisers like «Demian Bednyj» or «Mikhail Svetlov». The cheapest and risky is by regular motor boats. But the most budget option is, certainly, by the old passenger ship «Mechanic Koulibin.» How long does Lena river cruise season last? If to plan travel to Lena Pillars, it is recommended to make it between June 1st and late September. If to travel far away like to the Arctic Circle or…

I have friends, Ajar Varlamov and Lena Sidorova. They have a common friend, Anastacia Longinova. Last winter, actually in March, they travelled on dog sleds along the Lena River to the famous Yakutia’s Pillars (so-called stone trees south off Yakutsk). A sort of dog sledding holidays. The winter travel with Yakut laikas (a type of Siberian huskies) took 4 days. They overcame nearly 300 miles. Yup, it was extremely cold and windy, but it didn’t affect them. Guess what memories they’ve got now. Unforgettable! See more winter photographs.