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Sep/16

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The State Nature Reserve “Stolby”

The state nature reserve “Stolby” (“Pillars”) is located in the north-western spurs of the Eastern Sayan – a mountain range in southern Siberia. From the north-east it is adjacent to the city of Krasnoyarsk, a city bus ( “Turbaza” stop) goes to the border of the reserve.

This is a unique corner of Siberian nature with diverse landscapes, one of the main natural attractions of the Krasnoyarsk region. Photos by: Sergey Filinin.

State Nature Reserve Stolby, Krasnoyarsk, Russia, photo 1

beautiful natural views

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Sep/16

25

Ozernaya Cave in Adygeya

This little-known cave is located on the ridge Azish-Tau in the north-eastern part of the plateau Lago-Naki in the Republic of Adygeya, near the hotel named after this ridge and the ski lift.

The cave is relatively small, but has an unusually large concentration of speleothems commonly known as cave formations.

Ozernaya Cave, Adygeya, Russia, photo 1

explore the cave

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Kamchatka, a peninsula stretching from north to south for 1,200 km, is located in the north-eastern part of Eurasia, in Russia. This is one of the most beautiful regions in the country known mainly for its volcanoes.

One of the interesting places can be found at a distance of one-day walk from Pauzhetka village, on the outer slope of Koshelev volcano. The water in the local rivers and waterfalls has a distinct white color due to the concentrated alumina. Photos by: lusika33.

The white waterfalls of the southern Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

amazing scenery of Kamchatka

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Tolbachik is a volcanic massif located in the east of Kamchatka. It consists of two major volcanoes – Ostry Tolbachik (extinct) (3,682 m) and Plosky Tolbachik (active) (3,140 m). Around them there are dozens of smaller ridges and cones.

The lava fields of Tolbachik, a huge river of lava emerged only a few years ago, look like landscapes of Mordor. Tolbachik on Google Maps. Photos by: Anton Petrus.

The lava fields of Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

alien landscapes

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Altai is a true sanctuary of wild flowers. You can easily find large flower meadows of all colors – from bright orange to sky blue.

Most of the following photos were made during a trip on the Ukok plateau located in the extreme south of the Altai Republic, on the border of Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and Russia. Photos by: Anton Petrus.

Forget-me-nots.

Wild flowers, Altai, Russia, photo 1

beautiful Altai scenery

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In the Caucasus, there are so many interesting places, and one of them is Lago-Naki Plateau located in the Western Caucasus, at an altitude of about 2,000 meters above sea level.

Almost the entire territory of the plateau, known for its alpine meadows, is part of the Maikop District of the Republic of Adygea.

Lago-Naki Plateau, Caucasus, Russia, photo 1

pristine nature of the Caucasus

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Stolovaya is a flat mountain (3,003 meters) located on the border of the Republic of Ingushetia and the Republic of North Ossetia in the North Caucasus. In Russian the word “stol” means “table”.

This mountain, depicted on the state emblem of Ingushetia, is visible from Magas, the capital of Ingushetia, and Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia (also depicted on the emblem of Vladikavkaz). Stolovaya Mountain on Google Maps. Photos by: Timur Agirov.

Climbing Stolovaya Mountain, Caucasus, Russia, photo 1

climb to the top of Stolovaya Mountain

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Multi-colored mountains of Kyzyl-Chin, located near the village of Chagan-Uzun in the Altai Republic, is a great place for photographers, lovers of geology and natural beauty. Clays of different colors create unique natural scenery.

The local mountains look as if they are painted in stripes of different shades of red, yellow and green. This place situated at the beginning of the Chui steppe, about 7.5 km from Chui tract, looks like a real Mars. Kyzyl-Chin on Google Maps. Photos by: Anton Petrus.

Martian landscapes, Altai, Russia, photo 1

awesome alien landscape

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May/16

13

The beauty of Lake Baikal

It took Stas Tolstnev more than two years to film this beautiful time-lapse video clip about Lake Baikal – the purest and deepest lake on our planet. Baikal looks especially wonderful in winter.

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Kamchatka, a peninsula located in the Far East of Russia, is a wonderful region where nature is preserved in its original form. Here you can watch the bears, sea lions, killer whales, and many other animals in their natural habitat.

Let’s go for a ride on a boat along the eastern coast of Kamchatka and see for yourself! Photos by: Andrey Grachev.

The eastern coast of Kamchatka, Russia, photo 1

the beauty of untouched nature

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