Photo of the Day for April 30, 2013

April 29, 2013 7:00 pm

Early Spring, Azdamichy 2012.  Ранняя вясна, Аздамічы 2012 год.

Fixing or replacing a fence is one of the first tasks villagers undertake in early spring.  It’s always a pleasure to see the pride and care homeowners take in keeping their wooden fences in good order.

Photo of the Day for April 29, 2013

April 28, 2013 7:00 pm

Delicious cakes for an April wedding.  Смачныя торты для красавіковага вясельля.

Tsjerablichy 2012.  Цераблічы 2012.

Photo of the Day for April 28, 2013

April 27, 2013 7:00 pm

Churches of Belarus (part XXIX):  cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mjensk 2013.  Касьцёлы Беларусі (частка ХХІХ):  архікатэдра Імя Найсьвяцейшай Панны Марыі, Менск 2013 год.

Photo of the Day for April 27, 2013

April 26, 2013 7:00 pm

Portraits of Polesia, Kudrychy 2007.  Партрэты з Палесься, Кудрычы 2007 год.

These men were taking a short break from chopping wood during an early spring afternoon.

 

Photo of the Day for April 26, 2013

April 25, 2013 7:00 pm

April Evening, Mjensk 2001.  Вечар у красавіку, Менск 2001 год.

The glow of mid-April light in Belarus brings one a sense of calm:  dawn is now much earlier and the evening light lingers longer each day; the tail end of winter is now definitely behind one.

A photo from 2001.  Given the type of development which the authorities have promoted since then, it gets more difficult each day to find views of Mjensk which give one a sense of the city’s thousand-year history.  For the heavy impact of development see, for example, the photo of the day for December 19, 2012, which shows a late 2012 view just to the left of this photo.

Photo of the Day for April 25, 2013

April 24, 2013 7:00 pm

Feeding Birds by the River Svislach, Mjensk, April 2012.  Ля р. Сьвіслач, Менск, красавік 2012 г.

Photos of the Day for April 24, 2013

April 23, 2013 7:00 pm

Belarus in Faces (part LXXVII):  Mrs. Maryja, Kuranjets 2012 and 2013.  Беларусь у тварах (частка LXXVII):  спадарыня Марыя, Куранец 2012 і 2013 гг.

Kuranjets is now classified a village but retains a large central square, lined with solid masonry buildings, from when it was a bustling market town.  Today its curved, tree-lined streets are peaceful, but part of Napoleon’s army camped here on its 1812 retreat from Moscow.  The village has a monument to insurgents killed in the area in the 1863 uprising against the Russian empire and graves of Polish soldiers who lost their lives fighting against advancing Bolshevik troops in 1920.

In August 2012, as we wandered through Kuranjets looking unsuccessfully for the monument to 1863 and the Polish graves, we saw Mrs. Maryja sitting by her front door.  She modestly and kindly pointed us in the right direction.

In late March we stopped by to give Mrs. Maryja a copy of the portrait from last August.  Captivated by her quiet radiance in the early spring light, we asked permission to take another portrait.

 

 

Photo of the Day for April 23, 2013

April 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Crosses of Belarus (part XIII), Roadside Cross in Kichyna, March 2013.  Крыжы Беларусі (частка ХІІІ), Кічына, сакавік 2013 г.

Roadside crosses comfort the wanderer.

Photo of the Day for April 22, 2013

April 21, 2013 7:00 pm

Lenin sent properly to the corner.  Столькі сонца й столькі тугі.

Primary school (former szkoła powszechna built while western Belarus was incorporated into the interwar Polish Republic), Kamjenka 2013.  Базавая школа (былая школа повшэхна), Каменка 2013 год.

Photo of the Day for April 21, 2013

April 20, 2013 7:00 pm

Polish-Era Primary School, Kamjenka 2013.  Базавая школа (былая школа повшэхна), Каменка 2013 год.

This building is an example — rarely found in such a well-preserved state in Belarus — of the harmonious Zakopane style used in the 1920s and 1930s, when western Belarus lay in the inter-war Polish Republic.  Рэдкі захаваўся ў так добрым стане прыклад гарманічнага закапанскага стылю дойлідства.