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The tiny wonderfully lavender-colored flowers of Limonium gmelinii are a mere 3-4 mm across. The plant hails from Siberia and adjoining regions in eastern Europe and Turkey. In the Hortus here in Amsterdam it's planted next to Limonium latifolium (signposted to come from Bulgaria, Romania, Belarus and Ukraine). Except for their foliage the plants' flowers look much the same. Our Plant is named specifically for Johan Georg Gmelin (1709-1755), intrepid naturalist traveler to remote Russian regions, victim to disaster in Yakutsk ( Those delicate little flowers have lots of pollen and nectar and so attract a large variety of insects.

Among those winged denizens of the Garden is this Lasioglossum - I think. Perhaps Calceatum. Do let me know if you know!

Today the temperature in Yakutsk, Sakha Republic, Russia, is -37C; in the Hortus Botanicus here it's 5C. So no wonder this plant from that part of the world, once generally called Siberia, is flowering. It must be pretty warm for it in our garden.

Bergenia crassifolia was first collected in 'Siberia' by that undaunted naturalist Johann Georg Gmelin (1709-1755). He was part of the Second Kamchatka Expedition 1733-43 co-ordinated by Vitus Bering from Yakutsk. Gmelin arrived at 'headquarters' from St Petersburg in September 1736 and started putting his already large collection of naturalia in order with relevant descriptions. Then disaster struck; in November his house in Yakutsk with his scientific materials burned down. Courageously Gmelin soldiered on recollecting and redescribing; this work is the foundation of his four-volume Flora Sibirica, finalised after his death in 1769. It describes, too, our plant.

If you want a good read in a warm room on a Winter's Evening, you could do worse than to choose another of his works, the marvellous autobiographical description of his travels in those remote parts... It's accessible on-line.


A little bit lower than 35°

No matter where your head turns, the entire village of Oymyakon is covered in pure white snow. Since nothing can grow here, the only food you can have is deer meat, horse meat, and fish.


The coldest place with human habitat on earth, A place where winter lasts for 9 months and temperature can drop to -65°C.


His name is Igor, he showed us how to catch a fish from a frozen river where the temperature is at minus 45 °C, Fresh fish will be frozen in seconds upon catching and hands without protection will be numbed in a matter of seconds. The remote village with a population of 500 people in the corner of SIBERIA with winter temperature lie between -48°C to -65°C is considered the coldest inhabited area on Earth.

The serge ceremonial posts in the meadow at Gualala Point Regional Park were created by wood carvers from the Sakha Republic in far northeastern Russia. The artisans traveled to California, bringing with them a shaman to conduct the ceremony and bless the totems. They were created as part of a celebration of cultural heritage and installed on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Gualala River.


Who Are the Sakha and What Is a Serge?


Indigenous to northeastern Siberia, the Sakha are the northernmost horse breeders in the world, and horses figure prominently in their survival. In the Sakha Republic, a Sergeh (pronounced sayr-geh), or hitching post, is placed near each family’s home. Besides its function as a hitching post, the Sergeh also represents a world-tree- the Tree of Life- and is a symbol of the Sakhas’ cultural connection to the natural world and to their ancestors’ traditions. The Sergeh testifies to the desire to survive Siberia’s severe winter climate and other natural obstacles. Ritual ceremonies are held at the installation of each Sergeh, with traditional Sakha blessings, and dancing (See more information below.)

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Victor Yankee Bravo on final for 26L arriving from Yakutsk, Russia.

The Yakut Horse is a rare horse breed from the Siberian, Sakha republic region.Yakut horses are well-adapted to the extreme cold and to survive without shelter in temperatures that reach -65°C.The size of the horse is way larger in comparison to a Mongolian Horse. The Yakut horse's winter hair reaches about 10cm in length & it has a very thick . As the daylight hours shorten, the horse begins to grow a longer coat. This is triggered by the light that enters the horse's and glands that govern hair growth is activated. The short hairs of the summer coat fall out, and longer hair grows in its place to help the horse stay warm throughout the colder weather.

The coldest place with human habitat on earth, A place where winter lasts for 9 months, school shuts down only when temperature sinks below -52°C, gasoline can freeze solid if the vehicle is not left running, it takes two or three days to dig a grave, pen ink freezes, glasses freezing to people’s faces, and mobile phone service is non-existent. Welcome to Oymyakon.


Nutro – Нутро - means the guts or the insides, something that governs your inner being, that can be crude and raw and towards the outside, but also something that you feel inside. It’s your core and your being connected to your physical being in a very tangible way.

Lenin monument on Lenin Square in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha-Yakutia, Siberia / Russia.


Time: 9.50 am, Dec. 07, 2011.


See my photos of one of my regular winter morning, precisely my way from home to a work place at

A couple of hundreds of miles South of Yakutsk, we settle in for our crossing of continental Russia

Hundreds of wildfires have broken out in Siberia, some of which can be seen in this image captured from space on 28 July 2019. Almost three million hectares of land are estimated to have been affected, according to Russia’s Federal Forestry Agency.


This Copernicus Sentinel-3 image shows a number of fires, producing plumes of smoke. The smoke has carried air pollution into the Kemerovo, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, and Altai regions.


An unprecedented amount of wildfires have been raging in various regions of the Arctic, including Greenland and Alaska in the US. They have been caused by record-breaking temperatures and lightning, fuelled by strong winds.


Wildfires release harmful pollutants and toxic gases into the atmosphere. According to the World Meteorological Organization, fires in the Arctic released around 50 megatonnes of carbon dioxide in June alone – equivalent to Sweden’s total annual emissions.


Credits: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA,CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

View from 12th floor. Yakutsk. str. Petrovsky

Nutro – Нутро - means the guts or the insides, something that governs your inner being, that can be crude and raw and towards the outside, but also something that you feel inside. It’s your core and your being connected to your physical being in a very tangible way.

Transportation of the Mammoth YUKA from Buustaakh to Yakutsk

A workers camp at Oymyakon, Russia.


Winter temperatures in Oymyakon, average minus 55°C to minus 65°C. Even with the freezing temperatures the workers are still able to keep warm with just a simple tent and the heat from the fire wood being burned.


The remote village with population 500 people in the corner of SIBERIA is generally considered the coldest village on Earth.


c/n 188011201. At Norilsk-Alykel Airport, Russia. Chartered for our tour. We had arrived on it from Yakutsk and departed the next day to Tyumen. To EX-201 in 2002, EX-786 in 2007 and EX-505 in 2008. Last reported at Fujairah in 2009.

Yakutsk, Yakutian Republic

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