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Peaceful day

Calm and peaceful day on Borneo. Mother nature at its best!  I am hearing whisper in the wind and the gentle breeze touches my skin.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

– Albert Einstein

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In waiting for the sunrise

Last few minutes before the sunrise. Just relax and think only about positive things. A new great day is coming!

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Summer evening

This photo is one of my earliest works, and I think it belongs to the best ones. It is important for me so that the shot retains the memories of the wonderfully spent summer with lots of interesting adventures. The road on the picture is always calling me to move forward. Looking at this road I always want to go on a journey searching for new adventures! The road awaits you too!

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The Church of the Holy Trinity in Chernihov

Chernihov is one of the Old Slavonic capitals and it is famous for its churches. In ancient times it was one of the largest cities in Kievan Russia. Now Chernihov is a small quiet country town with beautiful churches, interesting museums, Antonievi caves and the picturesque nature around. Here it is a leisurely life. I relate the most pleasant memories with Chernihov.

Аmazing Fact:

The Church of the Holy Trinity was built in 1695. It was building for almost 17 years.

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Dramatic winter sunset

Winter sunset over Kiev. It is a view of the residential area “Obolon”. In order to make this shot I didn’t have to go or climb somewhere. It’s just the view from my window. One day, looking out of the window I saw the unusual lighting of the lowering sun in the clouds and could not resist taking the picture.

  • Peter

    This is beautiful! love your blog. great photos!

  • Dima

    Thank you so much, Peter! It inspires me! 🙂

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The Sicilian coast

I took this shot in the resort town of Taormina. It was a very hot day. The temperature was over 45 °C. To walk around and make photos was VERY hard. I wanted to give up and quickly go swimming in the sea. Due to the fact that the city is located high on the mountains you have to use cable car in order to get to the beach. If you carefully look at the picture you can find it. Taormina is located high in the mountains and it offers great views of the coastline and mount Etna. In addition, there are many historical attractions in this town, such as:  the ancient Greek theatre, the ancient churches, the ruins of the temples. If you’re looking for a truly stunning and very romantic place in Sicily this wonderland is your answer.

Amazing Fact:

Taormina has an ancient theatre which is one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily. This theatre offers best views of the Mount Etna.

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Welcome to the ranch!

Bulldog-cowboy welcomes you to our ranch!

This photo was taken spontaneously while I was driving the car in the neighbourhood of Kiev. I wasn’t even going to take photos. I had other affairs. This event proves the rule – you never know where a good shot expects you. Always take your camera with you in order not to miss great shots!

Amazing Fact:

The largest Ranch in the world is actually in Australia. The Anna Creek ranch is 5.8 Million Acres (Larger than Israel).

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Sunset over the river Selangor in Malaysia

Peaceful sunset on the river. In fact, it wasn’t so peaceful at all. It was a terrible shot. A huge pile of mosquitoes attacked me and they bit me badly as well. I quickly took a couple of shots and ran away, hoping that mosquitoes were not malarial  :)).   I can’t even close imagine how people live on this river and have lived hundreds of years before us. After all, there was not even mosquito repellent before. But a lot of people live in houses on stilts on the river for hundreds of years and make money with fishing. It remains a mystery to me how they manage to get along with these mosquitoes. And it used to be a home to crocodiles before!

Amazing Fact:

Only female mosquitoes bite humans and animals. Males feed on flower nectar.

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View of the Florence

We were walking all day around Florence, and by the end of the day by chance entered this observation point. The fact that this is the best point for taking photos of Florence was confirmed  by the presence of many photographers with tripods. And I was one of them! I was very lucky with the weather conditions – very cute little clouds completed the panoramic view of Florence. On this image you can see almost all the major attractions of Florence. I am very satisfied with this shot and consider it one of the best works of mine.

On this photo you can see:
– At the centre of the photo you can see the Duomo (Florence’s most famous Cathedral).
– Slightly to the left there is a tower of the castle Palazzo Vecchio.
– Along the left side of the river the very first bridge is Ponte Vecchio.

Amazing Fact:

Standard Italian language that the entire country uses to this day comes from the Florentine dialect.

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Sunrise in the paradise…

The first minutes of another sunny day on the Maldives. These paradise islands always have stunning sunrises and sunsets. I get up early every morning here to meet the dawn. And nature favoured me with amazing shots.

Amazing Fact:

The Maldives has about 200 inhabited islands.

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Château de Chenonceau

One of the most famous and visited castles in France. It is unusual by the fact that it is located entirely on the river. The castle is about 500 years old. Château de Chenonceau has many well preserved interiors, so it is very interesting not only outside but inside as well. Not many people know, but it is privately owned, and thus turned into a museum and is opened to public.

If you like old castles, I strongly recommend you to go by car through the Loire Valley in France. There is a huge number of ancient castles located just 20 minutes drive from each other, or even less. I am sure you will love it!

Amazing Fact:

Château de Chenonceau was preserved from destroying during the French Revolution, only because it was used as a bridge to cross the river, being the only one within many miles.

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Quiet night in Rome. Ponte Sisto.

Everything is wrapped in history in Rome. For example, here is the bridge more than 530 years old. It was built in 1479, that is before America was discovered. Only think about this! And it is still in use. Imagine only how many people have passed on it at all times. And this bridge is still in a great shape!!!

Amazing Fact:

This bridge was built on the site of an old ruined Roman bridge Pons Aurelius. People are using same place to cross the river for about 2000 years!

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The View of the Eiffel Tower from the park

To take a photo of a sight which was previously captured by millions before is a big challenge for me. We all have seen the Eiffel Tower: the real one, on the photo, on TV or even in Las Vegas! What is the sense of any next photo of the Eiffel Tower taken from the common position? So for me it was much more important to take a photo of it in an unusual way. Spending some time on walking around the tower I was able to make this shot.

Amazing Fact:

Millions of people climb the Eiffel Tower every year. And it has had over 200 million unique visitors since its opening. By the way, the Eiffel Tower has 2,500,000 rivets in it.

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Mystical Night in Amsterdam

Amazing city with its own unique atmosphere. I enjoy walking in the city at night. The crowds are slowly dwindling away into the night from the streets, so you can feel deeper the atmosphere and the essence of the city. Unlike other cities, the Old Amsterdam has changed a little over the last hundred years. And that makes Amsterdam especially attractive.

Amazing Fact:

Amsterdam is built entirely on poles. Its soil consists of a thick layer of clay. Therefore all buildings are built on wooden poles that are fixed in a sandy layer that is about 10 meters deep. The Royal Palace at Dam Square is built on no less than about 13,700 wooden poles.

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Rain Man

This is a philosophical sculpture of Rain Man, which during any weather looks at the sky and sees … a drop.  Nothing else, even if the sun shines brightly in this world. This is the concept – probably about the limitations an individual human being has. Dramatic sky allows to emphasise the meaning of the sculpture. This statue is located on the Landscape Avenue in the centre of Kiev. If you’re in Kiev, be sure to visit this place, it has collected a number of modern art sculptures. And there is a good observation point on Kiev too.

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View of Mountain Kinabalu

Mount Kinabalu is the highest point of the island of Borneo. Its height is about 4090 meters. There is a reserve around the mountain that is called Kinabalu national park.  It is located on the west coast of Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. The reserve covers an area of 754 square kilometeres surrounding Mount Kinabalu.

If desired, you can climb to the top with an organised group and see the sunrise. This challenge is not for weak people. Once you reach the peak you will be given a certificate of conquering the top. By the way, Mount Kinabalu had been declared as “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO.

We were very fortunate that the peak of the mountain was pretty clear visible. Our guide said the top of the mountain is almost never seen because of the constant cloud cover. Here it rains regularly throughout the year, so the slopes of the mountains are green and covered with dense vegetation. If you take a look at the centre of the photography you can see a waterfall.

Amazing fact: 

Mount Kinabalu National Park has over 5,000 different species of plants and animals, including 326 bird species and over 100 mammal species. Biologists estimate that the park has a staggering number of plant species—probably between 5,000 and 6,000 species—more than are found in North America and Europe combined.

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