Ah, summer! It’s, indeed, at hand. It will arrive the next week. June 1st is the official start of the Lena River navigation, but it’s not the point. The important thing is that in summer we will enjoy our major river at its best. Today I found out that the eYakutia — English Yakutia blog has 29 published posts related and dedicated to the Lena River. Amazed! Elected 11 photo stories worth to see! Check them all and enjoy the mighty Lena River!

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.

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.

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…

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…

Here is the video I’ve done this morning. My 3-month Yakut laika puppy, Ogonyok, is jumping over snow and… eating it. It seems he is ready to have snow fun for ages. He doesn’t know green grass yet. This video was done on the way to the tributary of the Lena River in Russia’s Siberian city of Yakutsk. Learn more about the Yakut laika at http://SiberianHuskies.co .

On the first day of 2011, I took Ogonyok, the Yakut laika puppy, for the walk. Instead of strolling snowy streets, I decided to visit the site in front of Yakutsk river port. It is a sort of harbour used as boats parking in the summer, but in the winter it is the place, where boats and ships are kept for the cold period till the start of the next Lena River navigation. Surrounded with snow-covered ices and cold silence, they were like sleeping the sleep of the…

At the end of November, when the real Siberian winter was getting colder and colder, three young guys decided to ski from the village of Elanka to the famous Lena Pillars (stone pillars) located on the Lena River bank a few hundreds of km south from the city of Yakutsk. When they were doing skiing expedition, the outdoor temperature was minus 45 degrees Celsius. They say, it was pretty windy. Skiers overcame 50 km only, but spent 5 days on the way. These guys look pretty ordinary, but…

I had a sort of schedule… of what and when to publish… but Vitaly Toko ruined everything. He regreted that he didn’t make it to Yakutia’s Kolyma this autumn. He worked here for many, many, many years. Actually, he spent all his best years in Yakutia and he’s got a lot of photographs of the biggest Siberian region. Two days ago Vitalya created a video slideshow using his pictures of Yakutia and Vyacheslav Butusov’s song «Moya Zvezda» (My Star). Why does he love this remote Northern area? What…

This is one of fourteen short films made by Martin Heylen for the Belgian National TV Channel. The episode depicts how ice roads on the Lena River are used and what type of road maintaining works is conducted in winter. In the video you can see, why road workers pour waters on ice, why they strew snow on the surface and etc. Saying a lot of thanks to Olga Monastyreva for her sharing the link with us. Olga lives in Belgia and she reports that Martin Heylen is…