Zabara: a place where time stands still

Zabara is a small village in Western Ukraine. The first mention of Zabara goes to 1675. You will not find any information about this place and probably have hard times locating it on a map. Zabara is located in South-East of Volhynia part of Ukraine and its history had been influenced by Kievan Rus’, cossacks,…

Post in white: blossom tree

“Hanami” is the centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming sakura.  The cherry blossom front moves northward up the archipelago with the approach of warmer weather. The blossoming begins in Okinawa in January and typically reaches Kyoto and Tokyo at the end of March or the beginning of April. It proceeds into areas at the higher altitudes and northward, arriving in Hokkaidō a…

Fieldfare

A fieldfare is the most colourful and widespread of thrush birds species in Russia. Fieldfare ©Marina Kudrya Fieldfares are social birds; they travel in large flocks and often nest on the same trees. Although they are migratory birds, males sometimes stay during the winter if there’s enough food (fieldfares feed on rowan during the cold months). During warmer months…

Spring flowers

Spring means that everything bursts into bloom, and Moscow is all covered in bright colours. All photographs are taken in the apothecaries’ garden. The apothecaries’ garden is the oldest botanical garden in Russia. It was funded in 1706 by Peter the Great to grow medicinal herbs. The plants grown here were used not only to…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Large reef animals

Coral reefs are not only about aquarium-like colourful fish, but also about larger dwellers: predators and good-natured guys. If the most of the coral reef fish are either well camouflaged or aggressively coloured, the big animals are usually not because they have much less natural enemies. Here are most of the large animals that inhabit…

Cavern diving in cenotes

  Cenotes are the natural sinkholes resulting from the collapse of limestone and filled with fresh water. Cenotes have played a significant role in the lives of the Mayan Indians of the Yucatan area and continue to do so today. Because this particular region of Mexico is fairly dry, with relatively no rivers or streams on…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Macro photography

I recently had a chance to practice some macro photography underwater and I gladly embraced this possibility:) I did two dives with different focuses presets, so here will be “true”macro and portrait-like crops. You probably know this one: it’s a spotted moray eel. I found two of them inside a coral eating a dead parrotfish!…

Humming-fest!

For two month I’ve been living on Cozumel, but only now I managed to capture a feeding hummingbird properly. I’ve been sitting in wait for a couple of weeks now, and either I was slow or the hummingbird too fast, but good luck came to me just today. And I welcome it! These beauties reside in our…

Birding right out of the gate

In case you were interested in what I do when not diving, I shoot whatever animals are available:) Most of these birds I shot in our garden in Cozumel: just step outside, load your camera and wait. Tropical mockingbird is one of the most common guests. This bird has a varied and musical song, huskier than…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Cozumel

These photos are from my recent dive in Columbia caves. The visibility was not perfect, but after the photos show the opposite. I went diving twice after I broke my camera (yes, with the broken camera – it still works); and either it started performing better or I got to be more attentive to my settings,…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Roatan

So after Utila we’re headed to Roatan. Roatan is very laid-back place: it’s warm, everything is close to you (in touristic zone), even your lunch is coming directly to your hands, you just need to stop a guy with the snacks and pay for it. Diving is Roatan was also very relaxing. However it’s worth…

Mesoamerican reef diaries. Utila

Almost a year ago we went to Honduras. We had only diving in plans, so headed to Utila and Roatan. Utila was a kind of spartan place: sleep-eat-dive-sleep, or sleep-eat-snorkel-eat-sleep. On one of those snorkel days we feel asleep in a hammock at the beach. Next day I woke up with itchiness attack, and the…