This post is about the Bolonsky reserve and one architect who willingly chose life in subhuman conditions. Vladimir maintains order in his portable cabin, standing lonely at spring Muchien, in the Khabarovsk region, Russia. Last year this territory was completely flooded, the aftermath is still visible everywhere.
Just recently everything used be much worse here, but creative and willing people turned this place into an idyllic one.
Storm wind and two-meter waves – the Amur river was like a shoreless sea, it flooded everything around: insects, reptiles and even some bears could not save themselves from the water. People had to turn over a new leaf…
These guys have brought an old ship and built a plywood booth on it to start restoration.
Yes, this place was not idyllic at all.
“Utility zone of cordon “Kiltasin”.
Cold, windy and wet. No normal drinking water, only one motor boat “Crimea” for transportation, sometimes they have to drag it for kilometers in water only 10-15 cm deep. Ranks have no meaning here, all people here are equal.
Hunting for geese finished several days ago, but indigenous people can legally do it whenever they want without any limitations or special permission.
Motor boats are not reliable enough for moving along the reserve. This tank (snow and swamp-going vehicle) has a better chance of success but it consumes too much fuel – 200 liters of petrol for a hundred kilometers. Besides, it can go only on special cross-country trails.
Driver of the vehicle – Semen, he’s local and has not much experience of driving such a tank.
Visibility is too low. Windscreen wipers are adjusted manually.
Luckily the cabin has hatches.
The best place is on the roof, next to the cooling fan. Here clothes and shoes dry out rather fast.
It’s not easy to control this vehicle.
Making a suit for disguise. Such suits are also made by poachers, so it’s not easy to find them.
Such false geese are used to position poachers.
When birds show up in the sky one can hear shots at once.
These birds have their own guards.
Herons are very shy maybe because they are eaten in the Russian Far East. As well as cormorants.
Locals have enough high-speed off-road equipment. They easily overcome rivers and creeks.
A group of legal hunters.
It’s getting dark, a 16-days watch in isolation from civilization is almost over. Records should be kept in order.
They need to get some clean water to cool the engine of their all-terrain vehicle.
Others are getting water for drinking.
Traditional radio-contact, reporting on the job done. Nobody has been hurt, one detainment, one escape.
Three thousand geese flying together, occupying the horizon.
Some people love swampy locations, such nature, people and would never change them for any of Europes megacities.