Today’s pictures are not as great and awesome as in previous posts, but they are here to show what is happening behind my window… in the Russian city of Yakutsk… and what type of weather we have currently. Oh, by the way, we are waiting for the big wave coming from the very south of the Lena River. More waters must be. Everything seems calm at the moment. Photographs were taken during this morning’s dog walk, the last one in the evening from my balcony.

Near Yakutsk ice on the Lena River is already passing, reached the settlement of Kangalassy in the North, and everything was fine in Lensk in South Yakutia. Ice float on the Lena River is like a big event in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberian & Far-Eastern Republic. People are happy about it and worry at the same time. Happy as it means the spring culmination, the start of constant warm weather and a good reason to go out for shashlik (Russian BBQ), gather snowdrops and admire the beauty of ice…

There are a few interesting people living in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). Andrey I is Russian TV celebrity, explorer and PR expert. German Arbugaev is entrepreneur, travel enthusiast, the Chochur Mouran ethnographic complex owner, Yakutian laika dog breeder, and a man of the Arctic (he lived many years in Tiksi). Sergey Sobolev is director of DASAAF Yakutsk Affiliate, ice diving and underwater hunting instructor. All of them are experienced divers. What happened when they gathered together this year? Right. They’ve got an idea and arranged the so-called…

Andrey I and his Navigator studio’s previous attepmt to build the world’s biggest stalagmite, unfortunately, failed. Yakutsk Office of Public Prosecutor prohibited them to build it presuming the man-created stalagmite might be unsafe and, if it fell, many people could be injured. In other words, prosecutors didn’t believe in Andrey I’s project and decided to prevent its construction just in case. Whatever prosecutors say, Mr. I will resume his attempt the next year. Meanwhile, he continued creating another amazing ice construction. In short, it is Yakutsk Ice Labyrinth…

Bernard Grua is a French photographer. I thought photography is his job, but it appeared to be his hobby. Besides, he fell in love with the Siberian region of Yakutia. Isn’t it great? By the way, these winter pictures from his recent (second) visit to Yakutsk. Ok, no more words, enjoy his photos. Bernard Grua’s Flickr photostream.

On Jan. 19th, 2011, the famous Russian actor, promoter, Andrey I, and his Yakutsk-based creative studio «Navigator» started making the world’s biggest (tallest/highest) stalagmite in Russia’s Siberian city of Yakutsk. The stalagmite is going to be 30 metres in height. It is being created by an unique technology invented by Navigator fellows. In short, water is sprayed on its top, it freezes and creates a new ice layer after a layer. The base was done with the help of a Yakutsk fire-brigade. The world’s biggest stalagmite will be…

Yesterday on eYakutia.com — English Yakutia facebook page (so, please, follow us on it as well) I have already broken the news about our Yakutian ice sculptors’ victory in the 2011 ice carving competition at “Ice on Whyte” Ice Sculpture Festival in Edmonton, Alberta/Canada. Now I am going to repeat it again: Woo hoo! Artists of Yakutia, Fedor Makarov and Alexei Andreev, won the ice sculptures competition in Canada! So proud of our fellows!

Guess, who Russia’s best ice sculptor is at the moment. Right you are. Alexander Shadrin from Yakutia. On the Russian Christmas Eve, the Yakut artist was recognized and declared the winner of the Russian ice sculpture tournament consisted of three stages held in Murmansk, St. Petersburg and Moscow. Mr. Shadrin earned the Grand Prix and the right to design and make ice sculptures for 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Alexander Shadrin participated in all three stages of the tournament in Murmansk, St. Petersburg and Moscow. At each place,…

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…

A pretty cool how Yakutia was shown in Russia Today TV Channel’s news story about how Russia celebrates New Year! Enjoy!