In June of this year, together with Vyacheslav Urbazaev, I was able to visit the Dzherginsky reserve, which is located in the upper reaches of the Barguzin river in Buryatia.
On the way back we drove to the sandy dune of the river Argada in the Barguzin valley.
In September of this year I, together with Viktor Vlasov and Aleksey Abaimov managed to make a trip to Ladokhinskoje lake, which is located in the Barguzin mountain range in the North-East of Buryatia.
We have done the hard way along the river Nesterikha by animal trails through the impenetrable taiga and fallen trees.
On the way to Ladokhinskoje lake we passed through Cedar and Nesterikha lake.
The largest disaster that occurred 30 years ago in April of 1986 at the 4th unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is a striking example of a human impact on the environment in which people have died, radioactive contamination covered a huge territory and the population was evacuated.
Currently, the power units of the Chernobyl NPP are not functioning. Near the scene of the accident a new safe confinement is being built in a form of an arch, the construction of which is over the 4th emergency unit in addition to the existing shelter-protective body would substantially reduce the radiation impact on the environment.
In the Chernobyl zone there is a "Dead city" Prypiat - town of power engineers, which has been abandoned by people for 30 years and is completely covered by the forest, the buildings of the city are under a natural destruction.
In the Chernobyl town and several villages of the abandoned zone is currently home to some settlers who despite everything did not want to leave their homes. On their plots they manage their household, keeping poultry and cattle.
In Buryatia on the river Selenga in Holy Trinity Selenga monastery was the feast of the Christening.
This year I was lucky enough to participate in Sagaalgan the most solemn and main holiday of the Mongolian and some Turk peoples. Sagaalgan is the beginning of spring and the New year according to the lunar-solar calendar.
Shooting I spent in Buryatia mostly in the village Atsagat and atsagatsky datsan. I managed to capture a purifying fire dugzhuuba and the main prayer in the time of Sagaalgan.
In addition, together with the Lama Tarba Lama Dorjiev we had by the end of the main prayer in the datsan "Rinpoche Bagsha", on Bald Mountain in Ulan-Ude, spent himself, the right honourable Elo Rinpoche.
Your attention is invited to a short report about these memorable events.