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Picture,02.02.2008. 00:09.

Explored Oct 5, 2009 #388

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Autumn on Sakhalin Island East coast.

From my 2005 Archive


My friend Mikul asked me:

What is the difference between rocks on Russian and American Paciific shore?


Russian Pacific rocks have "a distinct smell of oil and gas", buddy.

That's what makes Sakhalin Island so attractive for the $$$ of Houston oil-n-gas behemoths :-)


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EXPLORED Oct 31, 2009 #297


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Russian mafia Halloween style


Happy BloodY HalloweeN boyZ and girlZ


From my Sakhalin Island Archive

He was aiming to the empy bottle of Bloody Mary concentrate :-)


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Russian Pacific Archive.

One of my former coworkers, expat from Australia.

It's not a setup either.


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Russian Pacific 10 years ago - Memoirs of Expat Life on Russian Oil and Gas Projects.

Sakhalin Island




30 miles North of Japan


Воспоминания экспата о российских нефтегазовых проектах

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Sakhalin Island



Just 25 miles north of Japan


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Orthodox Christmas Epiphany is January, 19 this year

Sakhalin Island Orthodox Cathedral

Russian Pacific (just 25 miles North of Japan).


10 years ago


From my 2006 Archive.

Aircraft Type: Boeing 767-3Q8/ER

Airline: Ikar Airlines

Otaru Canal is considered the symbol of Otaru City, a historic mile-long canal that provides both a nostalgic look at the Otaru of yesteryear as well as a unique shopping and dining experience. Once the capital of Hokkaido in Japan's Meiji Period, Otaru was known as the "Sakhalin of Japan" for its busy maritime trade with Russia. The canal was created by a sea reclamation project started in 1914, and the store warehouses that you see were built during this period. They have been beautifully preserved and are an iconic and much photographed landmark in the city. Along the canal, you will find a gaslight-lined promenade brimming with fancy shops, boutiques and fine restaurants.


It's a snapshot from my video.

Aircraft Type: Boeing 737-2J8/Adv

Airline: Aurora

Aircraft Name: Иван Куропатко

Sweets from Sakhalin.

Open the first comment below for another photo

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Sakhalin Island


Lake Tunaycha

Цвета тохоокенской осени.

Остров Сахалин.

Just 25 miles north of Japan

Helicopter flight over South-Western part of the island.

It's just 25 miles North of Hokkaido island, Japan.


Wiki:Sakhalin-II Project Info


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Sakhalin Island. Just 25 miles north of Japan.


Sakhalin is the largest island in Russia, being 948 km (589 miles) long, and 25 to 170 km (16 to 106 mi) wide, with an area of 72,492 km2 (27,989 sq mi)


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Aircraft Type: Boeing 737-5L9

Airline: Aurora (ex SAT Airlines)

Aircraft Name: Дмитрий Гончар

Plant - Sorbaria sorbifolia (shrub of Rosaceae family)

Butterfly - Inachis io

I reckon it is the best shot taken by my camera (Sony DSC-H2) so far. It is NOT CROPPED, no post processing (just framing). Resolution is amazing on the original size (2.5Mb) - You can count the feathers!


Poecile palustris

ID credit: Alastair Rae

Picture,9.09.2007.,01:37. Sakhalin.

мыс Баура

It's a snapshot from my video.

Aircraft Type: Airbus A330-343E

Airline: Aeroflot - Russian Airlines

Aircraft Name: M. Sholokhov / М. Шолохов

Postcard RU-721674, received through Postcrossing.


Aniva Lighthouse, Sakhalin, in the Sea of Okhotsk

EXPLORED May 18, 2010 #390

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Exploring Russian Pacific (just 25 miles North of Japan).

From my 2005 Archive.

Expat memories of Shell Sakhalin-2 Project.


Sorry, replaced with touched-up electric line version:-)


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It's a snapshot from my video.

Лопух войлочный

Arctium tomentosum

Commonly known as the downy burdock or woolly burdock, is a species of burdock that grows in Europe and Asia. It is a biennial herbaceous plant, weed.

(biennial - A plant that takes two years to grow from seed to fruition and die.)

Explored Aug 10, 2009 #421


Exploring Russian Pacific - Sakhalin Island

B l a c k M a g i c


Thanks to all my dear friends and citizens of Flickr


sakhalin my love


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Exploring Russian Pacific (just 25 miles North of Japan).

Island of Sakhalin

Lake Tunaycha


Остров Сахалин

Озеро Тунайча.

Бесстрашный Пес


From my 2005 Archive.

Shot at Lal Bagh Gardens, Bangalore, India


Bamboo plants are one of the world's most versatile resources. Bamboo, because of its strength and flexibility, has been used for hundreds of years as a major building material in countries like Japan and China. But aside from furniture building and architecture, bamboo plants are also used for a wide array of purposes. One of the most interesting areas where bamboo is used is in the creation of instruments. Because bamboo is hollow like pipe, it makes for a natural wind instrument, and cultures from all over the world have used it to their musical advantage.


Wind moving through bamboo forests or thickets makes symphony orchestras seem impotent. Wind moving little pieces of bamboo to strike against each other gives joy and peace to those who hear it.


Like grass it grows rapidly and propagates itself if left alone. Like wood it is strong, grows many places and has many, many uses. Given its way, bamboo will hold hillsides in place against raging waters unleashed from above. Given its way, growing profusely among peoples judged materially poorest on the planet, without gigantic industries cutting, gathering, processing, transporting it; bamboo is here, waiting to serve. It is here to shelter, to fashion tools, to weave baskets, to help water obey, to provide beauty and sounds.

Bamboo is a group of perennial evergreens in the true grass family (Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae). Giant bamboos are the largest members of the grass family.


In bamboo, as with other grasses, the internodal regions of the plant stem are hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross section are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent. The absence of secondary growth wood causes the stems of monocots, even of palms and large bamboos, to be columnar rather than tapering.


Bamboos are also the fastest growing woody plants in the world. They are capable of growing up to 60 centimeters (24 in.) or more per day due to a unique rhizome-dependent system. However, this astounding growth rate is highly dependent on local soil and climatic conditions.


Bamboos are of notable economic and cultural significance in East Asia and South East Asia where the stems are used extensively in everyday life as building materials and as a highly versatile raw product, and the shoots as a food source.


There are more than 70 genera divided into about 1,450 species] They are found in diverse climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions. They occur across East Asia, from 50°N latitude in Sakhalin through to Northern Australia, and west to India and the Himalayas.They also occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and in the Americas from the Mid-Atlantic United States south to Argentina and Chile, reaching their southernmost point anywhere, at 47°S latitude. Continental Europe is not known to have any native species of bamboo.


Bamboo is the fastest-growing woody plant on Earth; it has been measured surging skyward as fast as 121 cm (48 in) in a 24-hour period,[6] and can also reach maximal growth rate exceeding one meter (39 inches) per hour for short periods of time. Many prehistoric bamboos exceeded heights of 85 metres (279 ft). Primarily growing in regions of warmer climates during the Cretaceous period, vast fields existed in what is now Asia.


Unlike trees, all bamboo have the potential to grow to full height and girth in a single growing season of 3–4 months. During this first season, the clump of young shoots grow vertically, with no branching. In the next year, the pulpy wall of each culm slowly dries and hardens. The culm begins to sprout branches and leaves from each node. During the third year, the culm further hardens. The shoot is now considered a fully mature culm. Over the next 2–5 years (depending on species), fungus and mould begin to form on the outside of the culm, which eventually penetrate and overcome the culm. Around 5 – 8 years later (species and climate dependent), the fungal and mold growth cause the culm to collapse and decay. This brief life means culms are ready for harvest and suitable for use in construction within 3 – 7 years


Source: Wikipedia, Odysey Leadership Centre.

Otaru Canal Canal was built over 1140m when the coast was reclaimed in the Taisho era. Although many materials once were trading center as a gateway of Hokkaido, finished its role gradually after the war, when the cut off trade with East Sakhalin. Been selected as one of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport 100 urban landscape such as the historical center of the brick warehouses located beauty and its canals, the sea side of the canal, has become a tourist destination but on behalf of the Otaru

Aircraft Type: Airbus A320-214

Airline: S7 - Siberia Airlines

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