One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Here is one day from the life of Usik Markosyan who lives in a village Saranpaul of the Khanty-Mansiysk region, a beautiful and interesting polar place. Usik tried to attract tourists there many years ago but didn’t succeed much. However he learned many things about the place and found a lot of friends.

Well, let’s go back to June 15, 2014 to spend it with Usik.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Many people ask Usik to show the polar place to them. This time he is invited to fish for grayling and taimen. Morning starts from a cup of coffee and porridge. The helicopter was fueled and ready to fly.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Lucy does not want to stay home alone!

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Boss does not care…

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Perfect morning silence.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

We are taking off!

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Houses of Saranpaul village. The streets are empty   People rest on Saturday.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Loading dock on the Lyapin river. It’s one of the monuments to recklessness.  A billion was wasted for the dock which has not been used for a decade, one crane is about to fall…

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

The waters are high in July.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Passing the memorial cross.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Yasunt village mirrored in the water.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Our first landing is at the estuary of the Hul’ya river. “Robinson” in such a windless weather has no resistance and flies rather fast.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

The closer we come to the mountains the more snow we can see, also some animals.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

A lone elk.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

It can’t understand where the loud sound is coming from.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

A lone swan in the lake.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

It is frightened by the iron bird in the sky.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

More forest residents are met on the way.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

We have to start a jet engine to catch up with this one.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Balbanty Lake was once rich in fish but today it’s not. It is undergoing natural changes and slowly becoming marshy.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Twenty swans or ten happy couples.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Usik and his friend do not want to frighten the swans but go slightly down to take some pictures.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

This lake has neither a name nor fish.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

The bear does not want to deal with the flying people.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

It can easily compete with Olympic champions in running.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

One more beautiful lake.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Friends decide it’s a perfect place for another landing.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

But the strong wind makes them change the plan.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Hul’ya river.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

One can see fish in the water from the height. The Hul’ya used to be rich in taimen and grayling.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

That’s probably a perfect place for elk.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

The guys cannot see any fish in the water.. no grayling, no taimen.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

This is pity but the river does not have much fish anymore and we decide to fly back.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

The water in the Hul’ya is as clear as a tear.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Usik and his friend make a stop 250 km from home. They take their time and drink tea made from the pure river water.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Way back to the village. Fish are still unseen in the river but the guys do not get upset. The day is good anyway.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Suddenly they notice a deer in the water. Unfortunately it looks dead.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

They come down and see another one… What’s happened with poor animals? Got poisoned? Killed by poachers? Quite an unpleasant picture…

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

They decide to land and have a closer look at the bodies of the deer. Another unpleasant surprise is to see two men with a motor boat nearby – it becomes evident who has killed the animals. In fact it’s dangerous to approach them but Usik and his friend land anyway. One more carcass is lying close to the poachers. The men do not know what to do, they are all bloody and it does not make sense to deny the evident fact. They recognize Usik – have seen him in the village. What they do is offering a piece of meat… Friends politely refuse the “gift”. The poachers start convincing the unwanted visitors that too many deer inhabit the area. Three animals are not a big loss… But nobody is going to believe them…

This way or another the poachers will not be punished, there are simply no authorities here to punish them…

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Friends fuel the helicopter and estimate that they have enough to fly 6 and a half hours more… These lakes have fish for sure. Crucians at least.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

A couple of deer are approaching the killers… The guys decide to scare them away from the danger.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

They seem to succeed…

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

These ones are saved too.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

They feel tired but satisfied.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Here in summer daylight hours almost never end…

The friends do not lose hope to fish for grayling. In the background is another abandoned factory..

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Winter is not willing to leave Targashei lake.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Friends decide to drink tea here, at the lake.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Faces are getting red under the sun.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

This river has the same name – Targashei.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

The young elk seems absolutely lost…

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

The river is getting wider and wider…

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Another elk.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

You think it’s not good to scare animals but you are wrong!  Making them scared means to save their life, if they have fear of people they won’t come close to poachers..

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Victor has already caught five graylings.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Graylings spoil rather fast so they scale and salt it right here.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

The guys decide to take some river water with them before flying back.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

They do it while flying! Do not repeat this dangerous trick, ok?

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

This massif used to be on the sea bootm 150 million years ago…

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

We see the familiar cross.. Home is near.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

The helicopter gets fueled for the forth time today.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

After doing some work on the ship Usik takes off to fly home.

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

It’s nice when someone is waiting for you!

One Day At Near Polar Ural: Helicopter Flight For Fishing

Usik has a substantial meal consisting of meat, pies and tea and full of impressions goes to bed.

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