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Have you ever been to the Usa somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Russia? I have) The river Usa (Уса [oo-SAH], not [you-ess-ey])) winds among several districts of Bedeeva Polyana (Бедеева Поляна) [be-DAY-evva pa-LYA-na], a village in Central Russia.

The village is located in the valley among and on the slopes of the hills that mark presence of the Urals nearby.

The name means Bedey's field or bedey's meadow, Bedey himself beign a half-legendary character who with his two brothers settled here during Ivan the Terrible's reign.

Now the population of the village is 1790 (2009 census). It's a nice mixture of Russians, Bashkirs, Maris, Tatars, Chuvashes, and other ethnicities. Some 15 km away (behind the horizon in this shot) there's a village with a mainly Tatar population. Monoethnic villages are quite common in Bashkiria and Tatarstan and, I think, in other ethnic regions of Russia as well.

In winter, one can enjoy temperatures going down to 40 below zero (both C and F) while summer temperatures can top 30-35 C (86-95 F).

Bedeeva Polyana
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  • Copyright: Ilgiz Galeev (ilghiz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 240 W: 8 N: 98] (708)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-03-08
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-07-28 14:46
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