Chernozemelskiy District in the Republic of Kalmikiya is its biggest rural district (18,7 % of the republic’s territory). The name “Chernozemelskiy” is from “Chernie Zemli” that means “Black Lands”. These lands have such name because of absence of solid blanket of snow there in winters and due to the color of wild wormwood, which grows there in plenty. In the picture you see bushes of tamarisk.
The 91-kilomiter part of my travel (from Velichaevskoe in Stavropol Kray to the administrative center of Chernozemelskiy District, Komsomolskiy) through the Black Lands was very difficult for me because there was no asphalt pavement on that road. Another trouble was a sand-storm, when I could see nothing in the distance more than 20 m. But artesian wells and the oasis-like settlement of Prikumskiy were big bonuses for me there.
GPS coordinates: 45.234892 Lat, 45.779280 Long, -1 m
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Wahclellaspirit (3961) 2012-10-06 23:07
Who would have known there is actually a desert in one of the coldest countries on Earth, at least one where was once heard to be the harshest environments to be imprisoned.
You did well to capture the environment, or to the lack of life.
pajaran (49584) 2012-10-06 23:16
Lep pogled ...
Dobra ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, surova priroda a lepa.
Imajte lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.
Nice view ...
Good sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good content and composition, a beautiful rugged nature.
Have a nice day to rest, all the best.
lousat (73837) 2012-10-07 0:42
Hi Sergiy,it looks like the moroccan desert..ehehe..what a magnificent view,atmosphere and colors and what a great sensation of peace and quiet,excellent choice of the moment to create this effect on the ground made by lights and shadows,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
krzychu30 (15348) 2012-10-07 0:58
wow,it´s like a Sahara anywhere in the middle of Russia.Who would thought?I love this kind of landscapes.The scene is well composed and framed.It has excellently controlled light,nice,well-saturated colors and good contrast.Beautiful scene.The place seems to be so quiet without people.Just you and this stunning nature.
Have a nice sunday
nikkitta (13871) 2012-10-07 8:14
No church or monastery bur desert and very beautiful one plenty of dunes and golden tones
Very beautiful and interesting capture with true colors
Like the way you manage to obtain a certain contrast with the vegetation on the left
Greetings And TFS
saxo042 (37052) 2012-10-07 8:41
I really had no idea there were such big deserts in this part of the world. You are presenting a very beautiful and interesting picture with excellent colours.
fabbs99 (16147) 2012-10-07 9:37
The Black Lands seem to be a big desert.Nice shot of the sands and the scanty vegetation and the blue sky in the background.Lovely sight and sharp photo.Fine natural colours and good composition.TFS.
danos (84275) 2012-10-08 12:26
nice the view of this deserted part of the black lands of Komsomolskiy that reminds me more a dune of Morroco than Russia.The bushes that grow up are interesting as the wild wormwood that we can see in wikipedia.
Royaldevon (27453) 2012-10-09 1:19
Good Morning Sergiy,
What a surprise!
I never expected to see a desert, here!
The light reveals the ripples and dunes of the sand, producing a pleasing sense of texture.
Very nicely composed with the vegetation commanding f/g attention.
Have a lovely day,
Sonata11 (33201) 2012-10-09 7:55
Beautiful shot of this interesting place. This picture is very beautiful and manage wonderfully colors, sharpness, clarity, nice POV and DOF. I like this place and the fabulous view. Perfectly well done. Thanks for sharing.
kordinator (14831) 2012-10-10 1:15
This is an example of how the cruel nature can be a wonderful theme for a photo.
In everything we need to look at brighter side.
The colors are beautiful and light and perfect composition.
Kind regard my friend
mkamionka (29724) 2012-10-10 13:24
I did not expect a real sandy desert in Russia.
Very interesting document. I like the composition with some vegetation making a nice foreground. The pattern on the sand seems well preserved, untouched by human presence.
Very well done,
zoomer (6) 2012-10-11 16:33
Greetings,a most beautiful and well composed desert view.I would never have guessed where it is.Your trip through there must have been arduous.All the best,Wolf.
shevchenko (19051) 2012-10-12 2:49
Informative note to introduce this interesting location, nice sand dunes that completed with traces of waves that leave by the wind on its surface, fascinating nature view under soft sunlight, distinct photo, good shoot.
fritzi007 (3483) 2012-10-25 12:16
wunderschöne Wüstenlandschaft, sehr gute fotoqualität, aber für einen Österreicher nicht zu erreichen, oder?
jmdias (53469) 2012-11-26 15:37
this looks like a real desert. very interesting textures of the sand and the presence of vegetation. nice image, something we didn't expect to find in russia.
serp2000 (38783) 2012-12-01 1:55
даже не верится, что это Европейская территория, как будто снято где-то гораздо южнее. Барханы! Отличная резкость, классная панорама. Я думаю, байк тут не самый лучший способ передвижения. Впрочем, может я и не прав.
- Copyright: Sergiy Lushpenko (s_lush) (16134)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-08-13
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: SONY DSC-W200
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Kharkiv - Caucasus - Kharkiv
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-06 16:53