This winter different things happened in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve and here is a set of some of them.
Firstly, due to the eruption of the Kizimen a great part of the Kronotsky Reserve territory got covered with ash – in early February 2011 the volcano sent a column of ash several kilometeres high. It affected the deer wintering grounds, and the snow is now grey and dispiriting.
In this photo you see Unacha Volcano (to the right) and the Valaginsky ridge going down to Kronotskoye Lake. The photo was shot from the slope of Smidta Volcano, about a thousand meters high.
The view of Taunshits Volcano. From the ice of Kronotskoye Lake 9 volcanoes can be seen – Kronotsky, Shmidta, Konradi, Kizimen, Unacha, Taunshits, Uzon, Krashennikova and Kihpinych.
The furious Kizimen had shortened the winter – the snow mixed with ash melts amazingly fast…
And here are photos of the foxes’ mating games.
Here is the groom – Lizovin.