06.02.2008 Finally, some new photos are added. Frogs.
22.11.2006 "Autumn leaves" are updated.
13.11.2006 Photographs from Adygheya.
24.08.2006 "Animals' Portraits".
06.07.2006 "Landscapes" is added, "Botanics" and "Made at home" are revised.
23.03.2006 Photographs of Lvov city.
08.02.2006 English version is started.
A few years ago, in order to show somebody my photographs, I had to print them. Then, I could show these pictures to my friends and relatives. These pictures were kept in small photo albums. In each album, the pictures had either a common subject, or were made at the same site. Now, my digital photoalbum is online, and people wishing to see my photos can do it without meeting me personally.
Making your mind about Kharkov architecture, please, don't base it on this page only. The buildings on these pictures are neither famous nor they are representative. These are just the buildings that suddenly caught my eye when I was passing them (after having passed them hundreds times in past).
These are the photographs from my trip to Lvov. Lvov (Lviv) is a big city on the west of Ukraine. Its numerous architectural sites made it famous among tourists, and it is one of the UNESCO's world heritage sites.
My trip there was during winter, so the photographs are not as good as I wished them to be, and only a few buildings are represented.
After visiting Lviv, my brightest impressions were connected with the museum of architecture and etnography. Lviv is so famous for its architectural heritage that I was quite prepaired for its old houses, temples, and monasteries. But the collection of wooden buildings was something I did not expect, that is why they struck me deeper than stone wonders.
The museum is located in a picturesque park - a nice place to have a walk even if there would not be any exhibits. And there's A LOT of exhibits. Many of them are open, so you can see their interrior too. If, during your visit to Lviv, you ever feel yourself tired of the narrow streets overloaded with traffic, take a rest at the museum of traditional architecture and etnography.
For a small town, Trostynets has unexpectadly many sights. The main one (and the oldest one) is, of course, Round Yard. Right beside it, there are a palace (a manor house) and temples. And, on the outskirts, there is a lanscape park Neskuchnoye with the Grotto of Nimphs.
Eskee-Kehrmen is one of the so-called Crimean cavern towns. In fact, these are the remnants of a fortified medieval town. It's true name is forgotten now, Eskee-Kehrmen is a name given by tatars when the town was actually ruined.
Dubrovnik is said to be one of the most bright sights in Croatia. Its main attraction is Old City, consisting of buildings whose age is numbered by centuries. Surrounded with a high rampart, the Old City is a kind of a large museum, although some of its buildings still have their dwellers.
Most of these images were taken within the limits of Kharkov region.
I certainly should go farther more often, although even a day trip in the neighbourhood sometimes gives a lot of bright impressions.
Island Kizhi is a place where many examples of traditional northern russian wooden architecture are gathered. Most of the exhibits were originally built elsewhere. There they were disassembled and then were brougth in pieces to the island to be assembled again.
Being neither plants, nor animals, musrooms are very weird creatures. Their shapes are, probably, more diversed than shapes of any other living creatures (well, at least this is true above sea level). Among the people who had seen these pictures, the most frequent question was "this one is surely poisonous, why did you photograph it?!"