Russia in photos. Without politics.

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  1. Balancer

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    And again I'm here. My cases in the Kaliningrad region are being delayed. I planned to return to Moscow on July 6, and it was July 16. And not the fact that I will have time to do everything planned before the end of the month :) It's good that my work is remote and I can deal with it from anywhere.

    It's bad that I live in a small village (Countryside? Hamlet?). I do not know the literal analogue of such settlements in America. In American cinema this is not shown :D This is not a familiar American small town, which differs from the big city only in size. And not a farm village where one family lives. It's like a group of several dozen farm villages in one place. So it's bad that there is an uncomfortable and rather expensive mobile Internet traffic. 8 gigabytes of 4G/LTE cost about $10, and I spend 2 gigabytes a day :)

    The village where I live looks like this:

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    I just went for milk to neighbors, took a photo on the way, I thought that I had not written anything to this forum for a long time and decided to write this note :)
     
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    And this is a rural school. I studied there from 1987 to 1990 :)

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    Just a tree by the road. Unfortunately, this time I did not take a DSLR with me and so I only have to take photos on the smartphone. What deprives the opportunity for high-quality photos :) I'll have to look for something from last year's photos of these places.

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    And here are the old photos. It's an oak tree next to the house. Maybe someone on the desktop wallpaper will come in handy :)

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    I could walk for ever in an environment like that.
     
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    Some more old photos. Mushrooms in the neighboring forest. Boletus (penny bun, cep, porcino or porcin). In Russia they are called "white mushrooms". Boletus generally like to grow in large groups. It's not all that there were, next to it was up to a dozen mushrooms :)

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    Severe rural humor :) In the background is a cemetery. Black garbage can. The slogan on the garbage can is "The Power of Life in Purity."

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    For some reason I thought that Mikhailovo, where I am now, is a new settlement. However, it turned out, the first mention refers to 1565!

    Until 1615 the village was called Strige. Then, until 1938 - Egeringken (German Eszerningken, Lithuanian Ežerninkai). In 1938, the Germans renamed all the Lithuanian names in German and until 1946 the village was called Neupassau. Well, in 1946 the names of the settlements of Prussia were changed again, already in Russian :)

    Here in the photo - Kaliningrad sky above Mikhailovo. Today we went for a walk to the neighboring village, Priozernoe.

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    The the war grave (bed of honour? - I do not know how to translate accurately) in the neighboring village (Priozernoe). Here are buried 244 soldiers who died in 1945.

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    I used to post photos in messages via the IPFS network. With a preview of 800 pixels and a link to a full-sized photo. But the forum has its own means of inserting attachments in full size. I do not know which option is more convenient for readers - as before in the topic or as my last photo?
     
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    The old German road. Paving stone. To go on it the real torture, but for many decades without repair it is quite preserved :)

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    I drove along this road my kid on a three-wheeled bicycle (with a handle for an adult - like a baby stroller turns out). When we reached the end, he groaned with a groan from the bicycle and asked for handles. But I endured until the end :D

    In the Kaliningrad region in general, there are quite a few roads with paving stones. There are even in large cities areas with such roads. For example, in Kaliningrad itself, in Chernyakhovsk ...
     
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    The old German dam across the Pissa River near the neighboring village, Priozernoye. The mill in this place was built in 1732. When the dam in the modern form appeared I do not know, but it was, of course, before the war (WWII — In Russia, when the war is said, without mentioning a specific name, they always mean the Second World War - in no other war did the country experience such huge losses.). First there was a mill on this dam, when the Soviet Union was there for a while the collective farm hydroelectric power station. Since the 1960s, the dam has been abandoned.

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    I, nevertheless, will return to the variant of publications with the average size of the photos preview. In my opinion, the big ones look cumbersome and behind them the text is lost :)
     
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    Actually, the dam itself.

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    Amazing photos. Very talented. What camera equipment/settings do you prefer?
     
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    This photo (as well as the photo of the remains of the millstone above) was made by my wife on my LG G4 smartphone :) As I wrote earlier, I did not take DSLR with myself on this trip, so I have to take photos on a smartphone. But I like the quality of pictures of the smartphone LG G4. In my opinion, it is still one of the best cameras on the quality / price ratio of a smartphone.

    And while my wife was making pictures of the dam, I ran around with an action camera, shooting a video :) True, I'll upload the video until I'm sorry, it's a pity for mobile traffic :)

    ...

    Yesterday I drove to Kaliningrad for a whole day, also made some interesting photos. But I'll post them later.
     
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