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).
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bantonbuju (51761) 2011-10-11 6:19
i went through you gallery and i have few observations:
first: you post too rarely...
secondly: your vision of the world is pretty refreshing, therefore you should post more often
third: you experiment quite a lot, to my taste a bit too much, but - hey - you look for something new, and quite often you find really good, new, insporing things...
like in this, underestimated image where we may only imagine how vast, how severe, how demanding is that land of the ural mountains....
hope to visit russia soon, that's my dream at the moment...
best wishes, j.
(ps. i'll comment on your comment to my today's post, later... it's really a valuable ammendment to my photo)