Photo of the Day for May 31, 2013

May 30, 2013 7:00 pm

Hands, always in their right place.  Рукі, заўсёды на сваім месцы.

Dvarets 2010.  Дварэц 2010 год.

Photos of the Day for May 30, 2013

May 29, 2013 7:00 pm

To commemorate the Feast of Corpus Christi.  З нагоды Божага Цела.

Dvarets 2010.  Дварэц 2010 год.

Photo of the Day for May 29, 2013

May 28, 2013 7:00 pm

Near Zjabki 2007.  Ля в. Зябкі 2007 год.

As if to make up for a prolonged winter, dandelions have carpeted every free space in Belarus this spring.

Photo of the Day for May 28, 2013

May 27, 2013 7:00 pm

May lilies, Tsjerablichy 2012.  Травеньскія ліліі, Цераблічы 2012 год.

Photos of the Day for May 27, 2013

May 26, 2013 7:00 pm

Spring wedding, Azdamichy 2012.  Вясновае вясельле, Аздамічы 2012 год.

Natalia and Aljaksandr were married in the church in Azdamichy May 27, 2012.  Best wishes for on continued happiness!  Натальля й Аляксандр ажаніліся 27-а траўня 2012 г.  Яшчэ сто гадоў!

Photo of the Day for May 26, 2013: Trinity Sunday / Сьвятога Тройцы

May 25, 2013 7:00 pm

In honor of the feast of the Holy Trinity.  З нагоды Сьвятога Тройцы.

Churches of Belarus, part XXXIII:  view from the gate of the church of the Holy Trinity (1740), Strubnitsa (Pljabanautsy) 2012.  Касьцёлы Беларусі, частка XXXIII:  з брамы касьцёла Сьвятой Тройцы (1740 г.), Струбніца (Плябанаўцы) 2012 год.

It is always an honor and a pleasure to visit churches and other historic sites with Uladzislau Migdaljonak (web site:, an outstanding photographer and local historian from the western Belarusian city of Vaukavysk.   As evening approached after a full day touring the patrimony of Vaukavysk and Masty Districts, we arrived in Strubnitsa, had a lively chat with the priest, and spent time in the church, a splendid example of Belarus’ patrimony of 18th century wooden churches.


Photo of the Day for May 25, 2013

May 24, 2013 7:00 pm

Interior Light (part XXIV), Kakorytsa 2007.  Інтэр’ернае асьвятленьне (частка ХХІV), Какорыца 2007 год.

Kakorytsa in western Polesia is almost surrounded by marshes, so much so that its villagers, independent and self-reliant in the classic Polesian tradition, still move around by boat as their forefathers did.

Photo of the Day for May 24, 2013

May 23, 2013 7:00 pm

Milk fresh from the cow, Tsjerablichy 2011.  Сьвежае малако, Цераблічы 2011 год.

Photo of the Day for May 23, 2013

May 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Peonies in Polesia, Tsjerablichy 2012.  Палескія півоніі, Цераблічы 2012 год.

Photo of the Day for May 22, 2013

May 21, 2013 7:00 pm

To mark the 150th anniversary of the battle of Milavidy on May 22, 1863.  З нагоды 150-а юбілея бітвы пад Мілавідамі, 22.05.1863 г.

At Milavidy a group of insurgents in the Uprising of 1863-1864 held the day against a superior force of Russian imperial troops.  Fought against the Russian Empire and for the restoration of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (the union of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, of which the Belarusian lands were a major part), the ill-fated Uprising is honored by Poles and Lithuanians as an important element of their national revivals.

The approach in Belarus is less uniform.  The Belarusian nation at large honors the Uprising and its participants.  However, the official attitude, still infused by Russian and Soviet imperial views, remains cool.  The exhibition on Belarusian history shown in this photo reflects the split.  Featuring prominently on the left is a heroic portrait of one of the Uprising’s leaders, the Belarusian Kastus’ Kalinouski, hanged by the Russians after the Uprising had failed.  Below Kalinouski stands the Pahonja, the state symbol of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and of independent Belarus from 1991-1995.  On the other hand the middle text on the right-hand column of three items bears the Soviet-style title “The Struggle of the Belarusian People for Unification with Russia”.

Museum in Dastojeva (the village was the original seat of the Dostoevski family) 2007.  Музэй у в. Дастоева 2007 г.