Вот и лето прошло,
Словно и не бывало.
На пригреве тепло.
Только этого мало.
Всё, что сбыться могло,
Мне, как лист пятипалый,
Прямо в руки легло.
Только этого мало.
Понапрасну ни зло,
Ни добро не пропало,
Всё горело светло.
Только этого мало.
Жизнь брала под крыло,
Берегла и спасала.
Мне и вправду везло.
Только этого мало.
Листьев не обожгло,
Веток не обломало…
День промыт, как стекло.
Только этого мало.

Now the summer has passed.
It might never have been.
It is warm in the sun,
But it isn’t enough.
All that might’ve occurred
Like a five-fingered leaf
Fluttered into my hands,
But it isn’t enough.
Neither evil nor good
Has yet vanished in vain,
It all burned and was light,
But it isn’t enough.
Life has been as a shield,
And has offered protection.
I have been most fortunate,
But it isn’t enough.
The leaves were not burned.
The boughs were not broken,
The day clear as glass,
But it isn’t enough.

Арсений Тарковский (Arseny Tarkovsky). Moscow, 1983.

(Source: litera.ru)


Arch of Tsarevitch Nikolai Aleksandrovich at the pontoon bridge in Irkutsk, 1891.

This arch no longer exists, I can only assume it was destroyed sometime after the communists took power.

Sincere apologies for my sudden disappearance for the past several days. I haven’t been able to log in and check, let alone have access to the internet. But logging in today, I was extremely shocked by the number of followers I’ve gained… Apparently I was featured on the radar, and I have never expected something like that to happen! My blog is still quite young; I really try to do my best to keep it updated, especially through my busy schedule. I can’t thank all of you enough for following my blog and actually giving me motivation and a purpose to continue posting not only things that interest me but things that I hope may interest others, as well. I just can’t gather the words to truly express how I feel about this…

Всем спасибо)… Thank you again everyone!

Back to the USSR
This city called Earth

…. and more.

Simon Roberts. Alexander Zhukov and Pavel Lipatov, Kamchatka, Far East Russia. From the series Motherland.
Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin. The Red Horseman from Vasilisa the Beautiful, 1899.
This famous picture shows victims of the German bombardment of Leningrad, the first of 65,000 citizens to die in the shell fire. On 4 September, German long-range siege guns opened fire on the city, shelling it day after day for more than two years. Shortly, the exchange of fire developed into a prolonged artillery duel between the counter-battery of Leningrad guns pitted against German siege weapons.

From Hitler versus Stalin – The Second World War on the Eastern Front In Photographs (2001), p. 49, by John and Ljubica Erickson (credits).
Mikhail Trakhman. Survivors of the Leningrad Blockade carry their dead on a child’s sled to a mass grave excavated by army engineers using dynamite, 1942.
Dmitri Shamin (dyadyavasya), Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Anton Novoselov. Yekaterinburg, Russia.
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