Photo of the Day for June 30, 2012

June 29, 2012 7:00 pm

Summer Dreams, Kuradava 2012.  Летнія мары, Курадава 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for June 29, 2012: Feast of Saints Peter & Paul / Сьв. Апосталаў Пятра й Паўла

June 28, 2012 7:00 pm

To commemorate the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.  З наголы Сьв. Апосталаў Пятра й Паўла.

Even when its name-day feast falls on a work day the church of the Apostles Peter and Paul in Iuje is full to overflowing for the celebratory mass.

Photos of the Day for June 28, 2012: Belarus in Faces LIV / Беларусь у тварах LIV

June 27, 2012 7:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part LIV).  Беларусь у тварах (частка LIV).

Hard work and quiet pride in ownership always achieve higher productivity than the collective farms:  smallholdings are vital to farming in Belarus.  Wandering through riverside villages in the marshlands southeast of Pinsk, I chanced upon this man and his family diligently working their small acreage, already flourishing at the end of May.

Kudrychy 2012.  Кудрычы 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for June 27, 2012

June 26, 2012 7:00 pm

May evening in Polesia.  Травеньскі вечар на Піншчыне.

Ploshchava 2012.  Плошчава 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for June 26, 2012

June 25, 2012 7:00 pm

Machul’ 2012.  Мачуль 2012 год.

The village of Machul’ in the central Prypjats’ (Pripet) area of Polesia is an ideal spot to enjoy the lingering evening light of late spring and early summer.

Photo of the Day for June 25, 2012

June 24, 2012 7:00 pm

Home from the first cutting of hay.  Дадому з першай касьбы.

Koziki 2012.  Козікі 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for June 24, 2012

June 23, 2012 7:00 pm

Dust Devil, Chyrvonaje 2012.  Веснавы віхор, Чырвонае 2012 год.

Most people rush to Polesia along the main Slutsk-Mikashevichy highway.  However, the parallel highway through Ljuban’ to Zhytkavichy offers a more pleasant ride through forests and tranquil villages.  I stopped here to photograph a dust devil in the field.  The dust devil took its revenge by turning into a dust storm which left me covered in fine, black grit.

Photo of the Day for June 23, 2012

June 22, 2012 7:00 pm

Midsummer’s Night (Kupal’lje), Chars’ts’vjady 2006.  Купальле, Чарсьцьвяды 2006 год.

Midsummer’s night is celebrated in many places in Europe between the summer solstice and St. John’s Day (June 24).  Belarusians call the celebration Kupal’lje in honor of John the Baptist.  Some in Belarus mark the celebration according to the Julian calendar, thus the night of 6-7 July.  Early in the evening women and girls gather wild flowers and weave garlands which they toss into a nearby body of water or wear as they dance around a bonfire lit at dusk.  People often jump over the embers of the bonfire.

I took this photo June 22, 2006 on the island of Chars’ts’vjady in the lake region south of Polatsak.  The photo of the garlanded girl in this web site’s banner comes from the same evening.

Photo of the Day for June 22, 2012

June 21, 2012 7:00 pm

Granny Vjera and two of her grandchildren, Jahor and Chesa, enjoy ice-cream by the river.  Цёця Вера з унукам Ягорам і ўнучкай Чэсай частуюцца марожанаем ля ракі.

Tsjerablichy 2012.  Цераблічы 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for June 21, 2012

June 20, 2012 7:00 pm

Early June Flowers (part II): Peonies.  Чэрвеньскія кветкі (частка ІІ):  півоніі.

Tsjerablichy 2012.  Цераблічы 2012 год.