Snowing at Night

 

This was a 15 second exposure made around 8:30 PM Christmas night, off our back porch. I had the flash on to catch the snowflakes. Just experimenting with long exposures to see what I can do. Better than this probably, but this is a good start. The “yellowish” glow is from the lights in the night sky from the City of Martinsville and our neighbor’s house way in the background.

Beauty in Provideniya

 

One thing about our three-day visit to Provideniya and Novoye Chaplino in Eastern Siberia that will forever remain with me will be images of the people who live there. Life in this region is incredibly hard. On the last day we were there, our group was invited to attend a musical presentation that would show many aspects of not only the Eastern Yupik native population, but Russian as well. I can still hear the music in my mind from that almost two-hour show with ethnic song and dance. When we had first sailed into the harbor of Provideniya and saw the vacant and crumbling buildings remaining in the city from Soviet days, stereotype thoughts of  the USSR were in our minds…and they were not altogether pleasant. However when we sailed away, we all had a much better feeling toward the people who live there…and their outward and inner beauty. As for me, I’d return in a minute if I could.

New homes in Siberia

 

Thanks to the governor of  the Chukotka Autonomous Region in far Eastern Siberia (who was/is one of the richest men in the world) the whaling village of Novoye Chaplino was provided with many new homes to replace much older and failing dwellings of the past. Buildings have to be constructed using elevated pilings underneath because of the permafrost. The day we were there in July, 2007 it was above 70 degrees F, so no need to worry about that then.  Note the barren hills in the background…the entire region looks like this…only more barren. I’ll have one more photo from our wonderful visit to Siberia tomorrow, and then I’m going to put my digital images away…perhaps to be revisited at some future time.