If you are in Kandalaksha this weekend..

sun-city-2..consider a visit to the Sun-City Festival between Kandalaksha and Luvenga. Watch for a sign on the main road.

Performances, workshops, arts and crafts for sale.

Some photos from last year’s >>

“Sun City – Craftsmen’s City” festival August 14-16 2015 between Kandalaksha and Luvenga

sun-cityBased on a recent blogg51.ru report.

Handcrafts, felt-making and pottery workshops, music and dancing mini-classes and much more promise to make this event fun.

This will be the festival’s 12th year.

Location: 9th kilometer of the Kandalaksha to Umba road (between Kandalaksha and Luvenga), turn to Peschany Ruchey (“Sand Stream”), and follow the side dirt road to the sea. Or take the old road along the sea from Luvenga towards Kandalaksha..

A report from last year’s Sun City festival, with a film and lots of photos >>

A baby crow landed on my head

crow-on-headThat’s what happened when I attempted feeding baby crowns that live at the nature reserve cottage in Luvenga. I hearby officially classify it as the “misfortune of the day”. Their feet are hard with sharp claws!

P.S. from Alexandra. Not everything is so terrible.


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Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus, “sea hare”)

This fellow was noticed by Alexandra while she was doing her customary inspection of the Kandalaksha Nature Reserve islands measuring Common Eider eggs a couple of days ago.

This is a friendly unhurried curious animal that often emerges from the sea to observe boats, and will hang around for a while if you sing to it. Lots of them in the sea along the eco-trail just east of Kandalaksha but they rarely come ashore around humans.

The last floes

These photos were taken May 4-9, near Kandalaksha and Luvenga. Nothing remained of this ice today.
Photo Gennady Alexandrov, Alexandra Goryashko.

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An outcrop of wild animals

We’ve just seen a bear with a cub in Luvenga, ~100 meters from the Nature Reserve camp. Too far to photograph though from the other side of the bay, where we were. And last week there was a herd of seals, 50-60 oof them, also in the Luvenga bay.

0And there is a report of a bear shot in the Niva-3 district of Kandalaksha yesterday. Spring is here I guess..

Two sunny November days

November one of the most dark and gloomy months on the Kola Peninsula. Every sunny day as a gift at that time. These photos were taken 5 and 16 November in Luvenga. Photographer Gennady Alexandrov.

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