Monday, October 31, 2011

Leslie and Vladivostok

This is part two of the series showing Leslie's travel photos from Vladivostok, Russia, where she spent the last few days of her trip.  Part one was pictures from the Vostok Marine Station.  Part three is pictures of animals.

First off, a picture of Leslie and her fellow biologists, Vasily Radashevsky (on the left) and John Chapman.  Vasily works at the A.V. Zhirmunsky Institute of Marine Biology, Far Eastern Branch, where Leslie and John both gave talks during their visit.

Leslie knows I like abstract and textural photos.  Here are a few of those.  The first two were taken at the Institute building, which is in the shape of a ring.  The others include railway electrical insulators and some rusted metal.

Vladivostok is a bustling seaport, currently undergoing extreme renovations for an upcoming political summit.  The building in the foreground of the next picture (with the sign) is a funicular railway.  The second shot shows one of two large suspension bridges under construction. 

Here's a street with some historical buildings.  The sign on the green building reads "supermarket".  Then a brilliant, golden onion dome on a church.  The third picture shows a statue of Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.  That's something you don't see very often in the United States.

Vladivostok is the eastern terminus of the Transsiberian Railway, which, according to Wikipedia, is 9289 kilometers in length.  Here's a picture of John and Leslie standing in front of what must be the penultimate kilometer marker - 9288.   I believe the double-headed eagle is the standard of the Russian empire.

Remember, click the pictures to see them bigger.

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