Today we had minus 45 degree Centigrade and the Orthodox Church’s Epiphany holiday (wiki). Well, it is the day, when Orthodox priest bless the river waters and it became sacred. It is believed, when people sink in the blessed waters, they clear themselves from sins. Irrespective of the cold weathers, believers or wanna-be believers come to the ice swimming pool and sink three times into the cold water of the Lena River. Looks chilly and exciting, though all action takes place inside the heated tent. See 22 photographs…

Andrey Chikachev is one of the most successfull fine artists in the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia. He’s prominent for his paintings depicting the daily life in Yakutian villages and portraiting expressive people. He was born in 1967. A member of the Russian Union of Artists. Graduated from Yakutsk Fine Arts College (1988), Pr. S. Litvinov’s workshop at the Far Eastern Arts Institute (1994). Exhibited his works within Russia and partly abroad. In other words, enjoy Andrey Chikachev’s art works. Pictures were taken by Ajar Varlamov during yesterday’s personal exhibit…

What happens, when two men fell in love with one pretty woman. They start fighting. At least, it should be this way. The same happens among Yakutian horse males. They are real machos. Animals fight furiously! Take a look at the photo report delivered by a blogger nicknamed Log. 12 photographs of one fascinating fight for the heart of the lady.

*Images are clickable. You might wonder how we live in winter in Yakutsk, the capital of the Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Russia’s Siberia. Take a look at street photographs taken today in my neighborhood around 2 pm.

*Click the picture to see it in the full size. This is our New Year tree on the main square called Lenin in Yakutsk, Siberia / Russia. A photo was taken at 12:10 pm. Cold? Foggy? Looks festive? Ho ho ho, this is our winter holiday mood. That’s the coldest city on Earth! As far as you know, Russia celebrates the Happy New Year holidays mostly. According to the Russian Orthodox Church calendar, Christmas takes place on January 7th. Actually, it’s not a big event. Worshiped by church…

Last months I was pretty much busy with the arrangement of travels, expeditions and tours across the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), but, praise god, I’ve never forgot to take my camera along. So, here is some picks of winter travel photographies. In the following set you can see Russia’s Siberian city of Yakutsk, street photographs, the ice road across the Lena River, trucks stuck in the ice, the man cutting ice cubes for drinking water, fogs, city monuments, the Christmas / New Year tree, kids, etc. Lenin Square in…

So, what is it like to live in Russia’s Siberian city of Yakutsk on a day after the End of the World? Frankly, it’s a regular winter day in December. Foggy and cold a little. In a daytime we had minus 45 degrees Centigrade. We say it’s extremely cold, when it is already below -50C. Today it was like that, so it was a regular day. Below, see 11 winter street photographs taken in the downtown of Yakutsk, Russia. On Lenin Square. Shopping women, a group of joyful…

As you already noted, I am a big fan of Ajar Varlamov‘s photographs. This post with his images is already the 30th. The previous photo post with Ajar’s pictures was dedicated to the season shift from summer to autumn in Yakutsk, Russia. If you didn’t see it, you need to check it and come back to this post to continue following cold weather progress in the city considered to be the coldest on Earth.

This is awesome! Yakutsk-based Yakutia Airlines has unveiled its first Sukhoi Superjet 100 in its full colour scheme. Here it is right after the painting work was completed and three years after the air company signed for a pair of the twinjets. Cool, isn’t it?

Today is the third day of snow in Yakutsk, Russia. It seems it won’t melt till the next year’s spring. Winter arrived to our place! Walked around the city and took a few pics. Enjoy!