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A Different Look at The Earth

19.10.2011

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The Earth is our home and we take it for granted.  Can we look at it as if it were the first time we had seen it? Can we see it in some other way, a different one?

We have tried to do that by taking some photographs and presenting them to you. Join us and look at the things we are used to in a different way.

We are so glad to take the chance to share our vision of the planet we live on with you. The wise say that in order to find a perfect place for living one should choose a place and stay there for a year. One should stay there for all the four seasons, grow and gather the crops and only after that make a decision whether the place suits you.

Taisya Ivanovna Fyodorova, one of the people who shared their photographs with us, lives in Gorny Altai in the village of Multa. She deals with horse breeding and arranges summer horse tours for children and tourists. She works as a geography teacher and does art pottery as a hobby. Taisya Ivanovna is a creative person and is interested in many things. She is keenly observervative. You can be sure of it by looking  bat the photographs which she has taken.

We tried to show you our seasonal chores surrounding wooding, sowing, haying, and harvesting, which is such a joyful event for rural people.

When you really look at children’s eyes, or people dealing with their daily chores, or carved architecture, or your nearest and dearest, in other words all those familiar things seen in our everyday lives, you will definitely make some pleasant discoveries.
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Contemplation (author: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>Tatyana Stepanovna has been working at a country library for a long time. She is a simple woman, very sympathetic, kind and warm-hearted one.</i>
 A Conversation (photo: Fyodorova T.I.)<br><i>The calf  is trying to look into the bucket. What if there is a little milk left for him in it.</i>
Fields at Sunset (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>There is something special in the moment when silence and the wide Altai stretches make deep stillness at sunset.</i>
A Hunter (photo: Fyodorova T.I.)<br><i> Few people in our region take up hunting as a hobby. People just try to survive here. Nevertheless, there are poachers and people who are greedy for gain here, as well.</i>
Autumn Sketches (photo: Fyodorova T.I.)<br><i> Late autumn. The nearest mountain slopes are already covered with snow. Wooden houses are getting ramshackle over the years. All that makes the Siberian mountain village look rougher than it really is.</i>
 Hope (photo: Surtaeva N.) <br><i>Look into these children’s eyes. We can read both pain and hope in them. Their parents are addicted to drink. These children live in grim poverty. They can only hope that more secured relatives will take them into their families. </i>
 At the Hay-Mowing (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) <br><i>The children are raking the hay preparing it for winter storage. This family has got both a horse and a cow. That means there is a need for a lot of hay.</i>
 Isn’t It Plenty of Wood! (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) <br><i> Masha is excited to see that wood-stack. She helped the adults to wood, chop and pile it up.</i>
 A Boy at the Fire. (photo: Yatsishina M.) <br><i> In summer children spend a lot of time with their parents. They pick wild berries and mushrooms together. This boy and his father are staying in taiga for the whole summer and the boy helps his father to tend the sheep.</i>
A Boy with a Hay Buck (photo: Fyodorova T.I.)<br><i>
Ludmila (photo: Ananyina A.)<br><i>\A country woman is often responsible for keeping the house. Ludmila is one of those true Russian women, fair  and able ones, who were berhymed by a famous Russian poet Nekrasov</i>
A Curious Doe Kid at the Yustyd (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>Domestic animals gain some speciality when they are raised in the high-mountain area. For example, nanny-goats are smart and unpretentious. This doe kid likes being talked to.</i>
Forest Wonderland (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) <br><i> The girl called Zabava is just amazed at that exciting find. </i>
Potato with Sour Cream (photo: Yatsishina M.) <br><i> It is everybody’s favourite local dish. The main secret ingredients of the dish are home-made sour cream and home-grown potatoes.</i>
Snowball tree (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i> Cranberry bush might be called  the most picturesque Siberian bush. There is a reason why it has become a symbol of the Russian style of living: its berries are harsh, frost resistant, live and mellow.</i>
Hand-made toys (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) <br><i> Each our school provides the pupils with out-of-class activities where they can gain some folk craft skills. Erik has made his first clay toy and he wants the others to see it and to join in his success. </i>
 That is one way of putting it. (The notice says: ‘Children of God, for Christ's sake keep the place tidy!’)
Cereals are coming on (photo: Fyodorova T.I.)<br><i> The photo was taken in Uimonskaya Valley. It is 1000 m above sea level and is considered to be a zone of risk crop farming. The weather is so unpredictable here that sometimes there is no chance to get a well-matured crop in.</i>
Yoking a Wagon (photo: Shuvannikov V.) <br><i>There are a lot of tourists in the mountains in summer. The locals have a good chance to earn some extra money working as guides. In some Altai villages they even breed horses for this season work. The guide watches all the horses during the walking tour, yoke and load the horses. The job is hard enough and needs a lot of skills.</i>
Wooding (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) <br><i> In order to provide the household with warmth during a long winter period one should see about wood in good time. As usual children are the main helpers in this kind of activity.</i>
Mum and Daughter (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>Siberian people tend to hide their feelings and not to demonstrate them in public. But at the moment Mum and her daughter are listening to a song sung to a guitar and the photographer  was lucky to capture the moment when they are so tender to each other.</i>
Children in a horse wagon (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) .) <br><i>
An Old Man, his Horse and Red Currant (photo: Fyodorova T.I) <br><i>
A Girl from Okunevo (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>The girl has made up a scooter using a wooden plaque and a piece of rope and played with it  with abandon. Hardly ever will she get a true scooter. It is such an expensive toy. </i>
Geese (photo: Fyodorova T.I.)<br><i>Poultry has always helped Siberian people to survive a severe winter. Geese are fond of splashing in the small country ponds. Aren’t they picturesque!</i>
Making Lunch (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) <br><i>
Vegetable Garden Gifts (photo: Yatsishina M.) .)<br><i>Each housekeeper is always proud of her vegetable crop.</i>
Alyona in Tungur (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>Local people start wooding in summer. Alyona lifts her hands in dismay: ‘our winters are too long, we start burning wood in our ovens in October and finish doing that in April’.</i>
 ‘Ayl’ (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i> ‘Ayl’ is a traditional Altai dwelling. Each Altai family has got an ‘ayl’ next to the house. Nowadays it is a place where they cook meals in summer. The welcome guests are always invited to have a meal in the ‘ayl’.</i>
A Clear Day. A Wild Ash (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>There are some beautiful days when mellow ash-berries look like jewels against the turquoise sky.</i>
A Cup of Tea. A Harmonist (photo; Yatsishina M.) <br><i>It is a hot August day. It is a feast and the harmonist is enjoying his cup of tea. And in a while he will join the performance of the folk group ‘Siberya’ </i>
At the stove (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) <br><i> There are some hunters lodges in taiga. Such stoves help people keep warm even when it is rigorously cold.</i>
Three Friends in Multa (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>It is a    lunch hour in the Multa craft workshop. Three friends are having their women’s conversation.</i>
Three Windows (photo: Yatsishina M.) <br><i>Carved architrave is one of the best decorations of each country house.</i>
A Tractor in Banny (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>At a small village sawmill they deal with timber. More than half of all the Siberian dwellings are built of such wood.</i>
Tolkan (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>Tolkan is a traditional Altai dish. Raisa Pavlovna is beating the barleyin some special way, then it will be browned and later it will be added to white tea with salt and drawn butter. Such Tolkan tea is very tasty and nutritious.  </i>
A Dog from Kucherla (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i> Siberian Husky dogs are not only good hunters’ helpers but they are reliable watchdogs as well.</i>
Hay and Leaves in Yaylu (photo: Yatsishina M.) <br><i>Late autumn in the village of Yaylu is especially beautiful. People are already set for a long winter. Now one can enjoy the view of distant mountain chains.</i>
An Autumn Fisherman (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>
 Hand weaving (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i> The revival of old hand weaving makes the village of Multa special.</i>
Children in Kucherla (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>Children can only wear shorts for a few months a year. Little children love and look forward to every summer time most of all. </i>
Raisa Pavlovna (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>This woman called Raisa Pavlovna Kuchuganova is special. She collects treasured Russian Old Believers’ traditions. She is a storyteller, teacher and the founder of the Museum of the Old Believers’ Culture in Uimonskaya Valley.</i>
The Flock and The Winter (photo: Fyodorova T.I.)<br><i>The flock is looking for some dried grass covered with show. Cold winds blow the snow out off the southern mountain slopes and that helps the sheep to survive in such severe weather conditions.</i>
Spring Day-to-Day Hassles (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>Tanya has sowed the cabbage seedlings. She is worried whether they will strike roots. And people say that after sowing the seedlings one should water them  for 40 days consecutively.</i>
Potatoes are doing well (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>The potatoes have just come up but they are already mulched with grass. Mulching keeps the soil moist. We will see whether the mulching affects the crop. Actually we call potatoes ‘our second bread’.</i>
‘Banya’ is getting ready (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) <br><i>A lot of households have ‘banyas’ built in an old-fashioned manner when there is a lot of smoke inside during the burning wood process. It requires the door open crack. They say such ‘black banyas’ do a lot of good to human beings’ health.</i>
Calves (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) <br><i>It is early spring. Green grass will appear soon and the calves will see it for the first time. It has taken them a long time to wait until it grows.</i>
 Granny and Grandson (photo: Yatsishina M.) <br><i>. Tymophey’s parents live in town and he is brought up by his grandparents. He is happy indeed to stay at his grandparents.</i>
Rennets (photo: Ananyina A.)<br><i>Aren’t they beautiful! These small rennets are the main ingredient of every Siberian compote.</i>
Cabbage Pies (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i> Russian people consider cabbage to be one of the best pie fillings. These are pies piping hot out of the oven. I wish you could smell their flavour.</i>
Crossing the Chuisky Tract (photo: Yezhova Yu.)<br><i>The nanny goats are crossing the Chuisky Tract, which is the only federal arterial road in the region of Gorny Altai. They are breaking the traffic rules as there is no crossing here. By the way, the wool these nanny goats give has been helping people to be warm for several thousands of years. So be as kind as to give them the road!</i>
The First Rainbow (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) <br><i>It is a fantastic discovery for Vasya. Mum has taken him out for a walk to show him the rainbow. The colt keeps up with them, it is the first time he has seen so many new things around.</i>
The First Green-Stuff (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>The first Green-stuff makes the whole family happy. They provide it with vitamins which are so needed.</i>
 My sweethearts! (photo: Spirina G.) <br><i>These nice puppies were born when it was 35 degrees below zero outdoors. Now they have already grown up a bit and are ready to start their adult lives. The only problem is that their mistress can hardly let them go!</i>
A Quiet Friend (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i> A thick-and-thin friend indeed.</i>
That happens, too (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) <br><i> Sometimes there are power cuts in a lot of villages. In case that occurs everybody has got a petrol-lamp in the household. As for the computer, it looks like an odd thing in such a situation.</i>
Blue Architraves (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>Ludmila has limed her house and a friend of hers painted the architraves. Aren’t they nice!</i>
A Meeting in Yodro (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>Some children from a small village of Yordo are perusing the strangers’ faces. </i>
I am Opening the Door (photo: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>Here I am!I have opened the door by myself.</i>
Elechka is Having Her Meal (photo: Fyodorova T.I.) <br><i> Elechka is enjoying the bread which is made according to an old recipe with not manufactured but home-made leaven. Such bread is extremely tasty.</i>
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Contemplation (author: Yatsishina M.)<br><i>Tatyana Stepanovna has been working at a country library for a long time. She is a simple woman, very sympathetic, kind and warm-hearted one.</i>
Contemplation (author: Yatsishina M.)
Tatyana Stepanovna has been working at a country library for a long time. She is a simple woman, very sympathetic, kind and warm-hearted one.
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