Posts Tagged ‘Russia

25
Nov
18

mindful…

‘There is something about a forest that compels introspection…’ Eloise J. Roorbach, Overland Monthly, October 1907

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Island in the Moscow River (Russia)

22
Sep
18

mindful…

‘There is something about a forest that compels introspection…’ Eloise J. Roorbach, Overland Monthly, October 1907

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Island in the Moscow River (Russia)

05
Jun
16

Birch trees along the Moskva River

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17
Aug
12

Aral Sea Shrinks & Vessels Lost (Recovery Possible?)

From a friend, who finds such items: “Have you ever wanted to walk across the bottom of the River, Lake  or Ocean to see all the ships that have sunk?  Well…. The  Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth-largest saline body of  water. It has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s, after  the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet Union irrigation  projects. And now it’s almost gone leaving a desert full of  old shipwrecks.” Is recovery likely?

Ships High and Dry Aral Sea

Camels seeking shelter near dry boat

25
Jul
12

Tenkara in Siberia: Some Beautiful Presentations

Tenkara in Siberia presents many beautiful images. It is written in Russian, but I did not feel the need to translate at this point. I was content, as you might be, to peruse the site and take in the imagery. I am fairly noncommittal about the Tenkara fascination. I get the short line, intimate, minimalist concept. I love many of the fly pattern concepts and think them more than worthy to ‘traditional’ fly fishing presentations. Give Tenkara in Siberia a visit and enjoy the effort. It you are totally into Tenkara traditions then you will enjoy the site, if you don’t already visit it. Get your translation tools out. Also, here is an additional piece re joining the lines used in Tenkara from Troutrageous.

 

17
Sep
11

Ancient Lakes Dried Up (Salton Sea?)

Lake Lahotan (Western Nevada) the Salton Sea set in the green basin of Southern California now

There is some interesting history about ancient lakes that dried up over the course of thousands of years. Currently, the Salton Sea, Aral Sea, Mono Lake are examples of lakes that are reportedly shrinking and providing alarming concerns about the man made and natural chemical’s airborne dust possibly causing illness and cancer risks. I am hesitant to use the might’s, could’s and maybe’s re eco disaster. But, there are some substantive studies in Russia re the Aral Sea (which was the fourth biggest lake in the world…no more) and cancers/birth defects. Of particular importance here, is the Salton Sea. Lake Lahotan was a different story but equally fascinating.  (Also, see Land Art)   (Salton Sea & Dust/Wind Pollutants)

25
Apr
10

Fly Fishing: Salmon of the World Unite!

This a very interesting site, The Salmon Atlas, that has a world wide mapping system, showing the different salmon and sea trout. The usual save the salmon awareness links and habitat threats are carried as well.  Also, The Atlantic Salmon Reserve is an instructive site.

15
Mar
09

Russian Train Travel to Chelyabinsk and beyond…………..

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A humorous piece about a man with aerophobia, who has the Russian train system figured out..sort of:

“By the way, you will probably be waited on by a very young and good-looking waitress wearing a lot of cheap makeup. When not busy at the restaurant, she makes rounds of the train with a food trolley loaded with beer, peanuts and Snickers bars. She has to be good looking because it improves sales. With their caked-on makeup, dining car waitresses look like moderately expensive rural town call-girls. This adds a little subconscious eroticism to the restaurant visit.”

“Speaking of eroticism, I’ve encountered some really well-made Russian porn movies where all the action took place on a train. Since then, I have often fantasized about being accidentally put into the luxury compartment with a horny model. It’s never happened.”

http://readrussia.com/magazine/spring-2007/00020/

http://readrussia.com/blog/

http://www.russia-ukraine-travel.com/maps-of-russia.html

12
Jan
09

‘western russia’ & kamchatka question (east becomes west when?)

Russia With Kamchatka to the ???

Russia With Kamchatka to the ???

A question for the well traveled fly fisher…or adventurer sans rod? Why in so many websites when one queries ‘Western Russia Fly Fishing’ do 99% of the sites refer to Kamchatka as Western Russia? Now if I look at a map, I would deem Western Russia to abut the Ukraine, Belarus, Finland etc. and Kamchatka to be to the extreme far East. Perhaps I am missing something here, where some line of demarcation exists that determines when the geography flips and East becomes West. So, when I have tried to research fly fishing opportunities, I have found a site or two for Ponoi and waters near Finland…otherwise…the compass uncontrollably spins.    

29
Dec
08

Wild Salmon Center (far reaching efforts)

Protecting globally significant salmon ecosystems.

When we protect wild salmon, we safeguard our rivers, forests, communities, and economies.

The mission of the Wild Salmon Center is to identify, understand and protect the best wild salmon ecosystems of the Pacific Rim. We devise and implement practical strategies, based on the best science, to protect forever these extraordinary places and their biodiversity.

info@wildsalmoncenter.org




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