St. Basil's Cathedral, Moscow, 2006
The colours just pop in this cathedral. I visited it twice during my travels, the first time bright and sunny and the second as a thunderstorm moved in.
Kremlin, Moscow, 2006
Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square are definitely highlights of any visit there. The sheer scale and grandeur takes one's breath away.
As a thunderstorm approached. To this day one of my favourite photos considering how accidental it was!
Resting on the slopes of Mt Elbrus, 2006
I believe this might have been post-summitting. We were exhausted from the climb.
Snow-blasted rocks, Mt. Elbrus, 2006
The snow on Mt. Elbrus is pristine and white, and these black volcanic rocks stand in stark contrast.
Foothills of the Caucasus, 2006
The beautiful rolling green hills in a then rarely visited part of the world. At least rarely by the likes of me!
Caucasus Mountains, 2006
In preparation for Mt. Elbrus, we made several acclimatization climbs. Some of my favourite paintings of the Romantic era show small humans against the enormity of nature. This photo brings that to mind... look for the four small human beings :)
At base camp, Mt. Elbrus, 2006
I like this photo due to the central focus on the one person with the slope below and the mountains beyond
Looking up to Mt. Elbrus, 2006
Keli stands against the twin peaks of Mt. Elbrus.
On the slopes of Mt. Elbrus, 2006
I think what I like about this photo looking up to the twin peaks of Mt. Elbrus, is the light shadows of the clouds on the snowy slopes. This is at about 4000m by the way.
Storm in the Caucasus, 2006
As viewed from 4,000m on Mt. Elbrus.
As viewed from 4,000m on the slopes of Mt. Elbrus.
Sunrise on he Caucasus, 2006
As viewed from the slopes of Mt. Elbrus.
Mt. Elbrus in the morning light, 2006
The trail of clouds makes this photo in my opinion.
At the summit, Mt. Elbrus, 2006
With the Sri Lankan flag.
Keli and I at the summit, Mt. Elbrus, 2006
With the Republic of Newfoundland flag we used to take with us on our many travels. Yes it was very cold.
Looking out over Lake Baikal, 2006
That's Anton Kuzmin staring out over the pristine and incredibly beautiful Lake Baikal
Hiking near Lake Baikal, 2006
Stone structures near Lake Baikal, 2006
Cliffs on Lake Baikal, 2006
Humans have been inhabiting this area for tens of thousands of years. These cliffs still bear the artwork from these people.
Morning cliffs, Lake Baikal, 2006
Ancient cliff drawings, Lake Baikal, 2006
Flowers, Lake Baikal, 2006
Wooden windows, Irkutsk, 2006
Barn in fog, near Irkutsk, 2006
Climbing near Irkutsk, 2006
Cathedral, Irkutsk, 2006