6 The Astrakhan Region From Above

The Astrakhan Region From Above

Posted on October 13, 2010 by team

Some parts of the Astrakhan region look like a moldy honey cake with rare green blotches of trees, which is restrung by celebratory blue ribbons of shallow streams. There is very little growth, the ground is dry and the trees are scraggy. The situation changes drastically as you approach the Caspian Sea, where the Volga river is divided into numerous arms, and it starts looking like a cable barbarian attacked and unraveled with the plug torn off: everything is green, the trees get higher, though there are fewer of them, little plots of land, that is there, is covered with green reed twice the human height. Half of the Russian Red Book (endangered species list) inhabits this area.

IL-18 with a bunch of strange antennae on the roof

It turned out that it was a highly classified IL-22, which had been used as a flying headquarters and masked to look like a civilian plane of the Aeroflot.

This is quite a beast.

The flight was part of the training exercises that were performed by the military together with … can’t tell you who…. in the framework of anti-terrorist operation of trying to find bad guys in the steppe. The helicopter has flown up … can’t tell you without who…. and have enjoyed the solitude in the first few minutes in the cabin of MI-8

Rice fields

This is a typical village on a river bank

Another shot of the village

This house has stood out compared with the rest of the background because of its high thick hedge and green well-cut grass


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6 Responses to “The Astrakhan Region From Above”

  1. Dovanov says:

    FÖRSZT !!!

  2. OLUT says:

    I’m a Leningrad Cowboy… raising cattle out on the Steppe…
    Won’t you pour me another Vodka, ‘cos I’m drinking to forget…

  3. Makar says:

    I was born there. see my house and almost see my school. fun. thank you for photos.

  4. mad1982 says:

    thnx 4 sharing

  5. George says:

    Incredible and beloved Motherland. Thanks for the post.

  6. Testiculese says:

    Looks pretty flat and desolate. I bet the wind tears through there in the winter.

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