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Taiga as an "owl" - wakes up late (photo of the day)

In the Anyui National Park with the opening of mountain rivers opened the field season

Snowdrops at the edge of the late winter, milk foam of fog on the bare peaks of the mountains and majestic ice drift on clean rivers flowing from the summits of Sikhote-Alin. Photographer and traveler Cyril Chernykh from the Far Eastern photo club "Nature DV" spent two May days in a specially protected natural area - in the national park "Anyui" - and shared emotions with the readers of East Russia. You can get to these regions only by a special pass, which indicates the purpose of the trip, the composition of the group and the approximate route. 

Taiga as an "owl" - wakes up late (photo of the day)
Photo: Kirill Chernykh
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Our starting point was the Bogbasu cordon, named after the channel of the same name that flows into Anyui (the right tributary of the Amur, originates in the highest part of the Sikhote-Alin ridge - Tardoki-Yani, 393 km long - East Russia). We were met by an experienced inspector Eugene, in the past - a hunter, whose cordiality and hospitality helped us a lot throughout the journey.

An hour after our arrival, two Andrews arrived on the cordon-their goal was to bring the necessary materials to the cordons scattered over the territory of the national park, where the inspectors are on duty for several nights, and from which the monitoring and monitoring of life in the protected area.

Hardly having a bite, they have started preparation of the main vehicle on the river - boats "Anyuiki", so named in the people for its wide application here. The length of this boat varies from 6 to 8 meters, width - about 80 cm. Due to its long length and flat bottom, it has a very low posture, and easily overcomes the bumps and shoals, even loaded with people and snacks. On the "Anyuike" we, under the supervision of the inspector of the national park, went to check the river bed to find out how much it freed from the ice, and whether it is possible to start shipping goods.

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After going upstream with a kilometer, we came across ice hummocks, completely covering the bed of Anyuya. We turned and went downstream. On the way here flocks of ducks flew up, somewhere there was a crow in the woods-surely they found something to eat and ruffled the whole district with noise. There was a small beast, and here and there, the chipmunks rustled about their important business.

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Taiga came to life, from winter, from hibernation. And if in the valley of the Amur River primroses were already blossomed, then the grass just started showing up, and in some places it was snowing!

Having reached the riverbed to the second cordon with the name Mani, we turned around and took the opposite course to Bogbas, where, with the onset of the morning, we planned to make an ascent to one of the peaks of the ridge and take photos of the park's panoramas.


Five o'clock in the morning. The clouds dragged almost over the ground, clinging to the tops of the trees, and below, along the Anyui riverbed, fog spread in a white veil.

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Hastily breakfasted and conferring, decided to climb a mountain, the foot of which was about a kilometer from the cordon. The mountain bristled with charred trees, standing like idols. Recently there was a forest fire here. 

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The whole uphill of the mountain seemed to retreat from us, and the entire district gradually opened its picturesque panoramas. After taking a huge amount of material, we returned to the cordon, and having dinner we settled down in the hut, tackling each with our own affairs: someone was reading a book, someone was sorting through photos in the cell.

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About sixteen hours after the boat inspectors had left for the lower stream, an ice drift began. The 7-kilometer ice blockage broke through, which did not give us the day before to rise higher on Anyuyu.

Standing on the shore and armed with cameras, we watched, as with the ice, the water in the river rose literally in front of our eyes! Huge blocks of ice squeezed to the shore. They will remain here until the plus temperatures will not prevail over them. The ice drift continued until sunset, and already when the sky began to turn red from blue, it was depleted to solitary ice floes. The water level fell, leaving only the forgotten white hulks on the banks.

We went to dinner and listen to the amazing stories of the old hunter Evgeny - about meetings with the wild inhabitants of these places, the beasts. Early in the morning we took a reverse course to Khabarovsk, ahead of us we were waiting for three hundred kilometers of road, and new trips.

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Help East Russia. 

The State Natural National Park "Anyuyskiy" is located in the Nanai District of the Khabarovsk Territory. Formed on December 15, 2007. Located on the right bank of the Amur River, in the lower reaches of Anyui, occupies the site of the Sikhote-Alin mountains, least changed by human activity. The area of ​​the park is 429,37 thousand hectares. The vegetation is represented by deciduous forests and dark coniferous taiga (mainly Korean cedar).

“The Anyui River basin is one of the key landscape areas of the central Sikhote-Alin. Almost all the main landscapes of the Amur region, from mountain tundras to the floodplain of the Amur River, are found here. Chum salmon and pink salmon spawn in Anyuya and its tributaries. Cedar-deciduous forests provide food for the Himalayan and brown bears, red deer, wild boar and the Amur tiger. The habitats of this predator occupy more than two thirds of the territory of the national park. About 12-15 tabby cats live in the park permanently. This is their home. The park also plays the role of an ecological corridor connecting the habitats of the northern group of tigers with the rest of the range.

In total, more than 300 species of vertebrates are found in the park, of which about 60 species of mammals, 40 species of fish and more 200 species of birds. The flora of higher vascular plants is 569 species.

The richness of flora and fauna, a developed network of rivers and lakes, various landscapes, including those of the remains of an ancient volcano, attract supporters of active cognitive tourism, "reads the website "Reserve Amur Region", under the united directorate of which is the national park "Anyui".
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