We’ve shot auroras in Khibiny mountains three sequentially nights in September. At first time I jumped out from my tent after loud cry of my friend Alexander: “Nothern lights!!!”. For some time I looked around at a loss because auroras’ glow were very low this night. But in third night I allowed myself to finish shooting even before auroras gone from the sky, just after the brightest part of glowing. “Auroras? How provoking! Give me some time to sleep!” – we joked. How easily we took to changes!
Russia, Kola Peninsula, Khibiny Mountains
Magnetic gold, white and red colors of early autumn tundra. This beatiful valley of Khibiny mountains is located on the north of Russia above the polar circle. September is the most scenic time of the year. The time when solid green carpet suddenly become full of details, colors and textures. I’ve been there three times and I’ll defenitly return to Khibiny at least one more time.
Russia, Kola Peninsula, Khibiny Mountains, Malaya Belaya (Small White) River Valley
At first glance Polygonal lakes in Khibiny mountains are very prosaic: small, shallow, with swampy shore. At daytime their surface is usually crisped from the wind. But in calm morning or serene evening when nature is settled down the magic instantly happens. Beautiful reflections on water smooth cast a spell over. And only small prominent from water stones, covered by moss and lichen, remind you where is real sky and where is land.
Russia, Kola Peninsula, Khibiny Mountains, Polygonal Lakes
August 2009, Khibiny mountains, Cola Peninsula, Russia. I went from Akademicheskoye Lake up to plateau and then moved to the Kukisvumchorr Mountain and Unnamed Pass. Clouds flew very fast and low from the early morning. After lifting to to the top I saw a valley full of white clouds. They literally boiled in this cirque. Clouds freely floated inside via only one possible entry, whereas insurmountable cliff waited them ahead. The Kirovsk mine was been seen on the horizon. And when amazing cloud transformations began in its area I got my camera with telephoto lens and started to shoot. I name this photograph “Octopus”. Giant squid stretched his tentacles from white deep and tried to reach tiny plant’s buildings and stacks. In my childhood I was impressed by pictures from a nature book which illustrated myths about huge octopuses attacking and enmeshing by their tentacles whole ships. I always feel a subtle spirit of these pictures looking at this photograph.
August 2009, Khibiny mountains, Cola Peninsula, Russia. This is small unnamed lake in Kuniok river valley. We were hiking in these mountains together with my friend Vladimir. We’ve got backpacks and all comers call them ‘little’. We’ve got tent and sleeping bags. I have very warm memories about this week in northern mountains. It didn’t look like as my usual photo trips. We’ve just went forward and made photographs. Without accurate plan. We’ve passed this lake in the morning. I’ve found good shooting point very quickly, unfold tripod and start waiting when the sun appears from behind the clouds. Sometimes I’ve made ‘test’ shots. My waiting was very long. It’s funny but looking through working material at home I’ve selected one of these ‘test’ shots.