Photo of the Day for October 31, 2010: Portraits of Mjensk V

October 30, 2010 9:00 pm

Portraits of Mjensk V/Партрэты Менску (частка V)

Gorki Park, Mjensk 2008/Парк Горкага, Менск 2008 год

Photo of the Day for October 30, 2010: The Extraordinary in the “Ordinary” IX

October 29, 2010 9:00 pm

The Extraordinary in the “Ordinary” IX.  Надзвычайнае ў “звычайным“ (частка IX).

Everything in its place:  the end of the harvest season and feast of Pakrou.  Усё на сваім месцы.

Belarusians across their homeland work diligently to complete the harvest and to prepare their gardens and fields for winter by the Orthodox feast of Pakrou (see also photo for October 14).  This photo shows a classic scene in the Central Prypjats’ region of Polesia: the yard re-swept clean, the manure in neat rows ready to be spread, the cucumber hothouse stripped of its worn plastic covering and the strings for cucumber vines carefully gathered.

When I stopped to take this photo on October 11, the lady of the house, crossing her yard, asked humorously what I was photographing.  “The masterly order of your yard, your hard work, and your pride of ownership.”  She smiled in that modest, deep Polesian way and proceeded with her task.

Як і скрозь па Беларусі, на Палесьсі заўсёды сьпяшаюцца скончыць усе працы на зямлі да Пакравоў і спадзяюцца на спрыяльнае надвор’е ў гэты адказны час. Ладны двор – дагледжаныя дрэвы, падмеценыя дарожкі, прыбраны парнік, угноеная глеба – гэта аксіома для кожнага працаздольнага чалавека. Тым не менш, у адказ на заўвагу пра тое, з якім клопатам, з якім майстэрствам агарод ці поле прыгатаваныя да зімы, кожная гаспадыня сьціпла, спагадліва і ўдзячна ўсьміхнецца. Так, праца гэтая цяжкая. І яе вельмі лёгка не заўважаць.

Azdamichy 2010/Аздамічы 2010 год

Photo of the Day for October 29, 2010

October 28, 2010 9:00 pm

Autumn bounty, Machul’ 2010.  Мачуль 2010 год.

Photo of the Day for October 28, 2010: Portraits of Mjensk IV

October 27, 2010 9:00 pm

Portraits of Mjensk IV/Партрэты Менску (частка IV)

Photo of the Day for October 27, 2010

October 26, 2010 9:00 pm

Remembering Summer, Rubjel’ 2010/Лета, Рубель 2010 год

Photo of the Day for October 26, 2010: Women of Polesia VI

October 25, 2010 9:00 pm

Women of Polesia (VI)/Паляшучкі (частка VI)

Tsjerablichy 2010/Цераблічы 2010 год

Photo of the Day for October 25, 2010

October 24, 2010 9:00 pm

Village-Limit Sign for the Village of Aktsjabr 2007/Акцябр 2007

Акцябр (“Aktsjabr”) is a made-up Belarusian version of the Russian word for October, short-hand for the Bolsheviks’ 1917 “Great October Socialist Revolution”.  The Belarusian word for October is кастрычнік (Kastrychnik).

Photo of the Day for October 24, 2010

October 23, 2010 9:00 pm

Dudy 2010/Дуды 2010 год

Photo of the Day for October 23, 2010

October 22, 2010 9:00 pm

Smaljany 2010/Смаляны 2010 год

Photo of the Day for October 22, 2010: Women of Polesia V

October 21, 2010 9:00 pm

Women of Polesia V/Паляшучкі (частка V)

Dubrova 2010/Дуброва 2010 год