Photo of the Day for October 21, 2015

October 20, 2015 7:00 pm

Portraits of Tsjerablichy 2015:  eight-month-old Jelisjej.  Партрэты з Церабліч 2015 г.:  8-месячны Елісей.

Photo of the Day for October 20, 2015

October 19, 2015 7:00 pm

Portraits of Tsjerablichy 2015.  Партрэты з Церабліч 2015 г.

Photos of the Day for October 19, 2015

October 18, 2015 7:00 pm

Portraits of Tsjerablichy 2015:  siblings Tats’tsjana, Kos’tsja and Krys’tsina.

Партрэты з Церабліч 2015 г.:  родныя брат і сёстры Тацьцяна, Косьця й Крысьціна.

At the feast of the Transfiguration (Apple-Blessing feast) in Azdamichy 2009.  На Яблычны Спас ў Аздамічах 2009 г.

Photo of the Day for October 18, 2015

October 17, 2015 7:00 pm

Portraits of Tsjerablichy 2015:  Katsjaryna (94).

Партрэты з Церабліч 2015 г.:  спадарыня Кацярына (94).

Photo of the Day for October 17, 2015

October 16, 2015 7:00 pm

Portraits of Tsjerablichy 2015:  Virka and her grandmother Natasha.  Партрэты з Церабліч 2015 г.:  Вірка са сваёй бабулькай Наташай.

Photos of the Day for October 16, 2015

October 15, 2015 7:00 pm

Photo expedition to Ljel’chytski district:  Tonjezh and Bukcha).  Фотавандроўка па Лельчыцкім раёне: Тонеж і Букча.

Churches of Belarus (part CXX):  Orthodox church of the Resurrection, Bukcha 2015.  Цэрквы Беларусі (частка СХХ):  Сьвята-Уваскрасенская царква, Букча 2015 г.

This church, built from 2001 onward, was funded by Father Uladzimir Dorash, a native of Bukcha who serves in the Harodnja (Grodno) eparchate.  Father Uladzimir’s wife Natalja (Наталья Дорош in Russian) is a renowned Belarusian photographer:  see, e.g., a sample of her photos of Bukcha at http://www.yaplakal.com/forum3/topic1063219.html).

Photos of the Day for October 15, 2015

October 14, 2015 7:00 pm

Photo expedition to Ljel’chytski district:  Tonjezh and Bukcha.  Фотавандроўка па Лельчыцкім раёне:  Тонеж і Букча.

Decorative window cornices, Bukcha 2015.  Ліштвы, Букча 2015 г.

Photos of the Day for October 14, 2015

October 13, 2015 7:00 pm

Photo expedition to Ljel’chytski district:  Tonjezh and Bukcha.  Фотавандроўка па Лельчыцкім раёне:  Тонеж і Букча.

Village scenes, Bukcha 2015.  Вясковыя краявіды, Букча 2015 г.

Traditional crane well.

A standard feature in front of Belarusian village houses, the bench becomes a perfect mini-agora for the neighbors in early evening.  Here a house owner has ingeniously re-cycled old movie theater seats.

Since Belarusians are not allowed to own more than plots too small to permit efficient use of tractors, the horse remains key to productive farming.

Photos of the Day for October 13, 2015

October 12, 2015 7:00 pm

Photo expedition to Ljel’chytski district:  Tonjezh and Bukcha.  Фотавандроўка па Лельчыцкім раёне:  Тонеж і Букча.

Decorative window cornices (lishtvy – ліштвы), Tonjezh 2015.  Ліштвы, Тонеж 2015 г.

Churches of Belarus (part CXIX):  Orthodox church of St. Nicholas (2014) and memorial to 284 villagers murdered by immolation in a German-led reprisal operation in January 1943.  Tonjezh 2015.  Цэрквы Беларусі (частка СХІХ):  царква Сьв. Мікалая (2014 г.) і помнік 284 мірным жыхарам, спаленым у карніцкай апэрацыі пад нямецкім кіраўніцтвам у студзені 1943 г.

Photos of the Day for October 12, 2015

October 11, 2015 7:00 pm

Photo expedition to Ljel’chytski district (Tonjezh and Bukcha).  Фотавандроўка па Лельчыцкім раёне (Тонеж і Букча).

Polesian oak, Tonjezh 2015. The oak tree is sacred to Belarusians.  Regrettably, the Soviet and post-Soviet policy of “ameliorating” the Polesian (Pripet Marsh) wetlands has led to the loss of many free-standing oaks and oak groves.

Polesians have traditionally used oaks for dugout boats (chovjen – човен) and remains the favored tree in which traditional beekeepers place hollowed-out tree trunks (borts’ – борць) as hives for wild honey bees.

Палескі дуб, Тонеж 2015 г.