A small church among small houses.
It seems to me, Olga, that this depicts the essence of Kamchatka. But please correct me if I am wrong.
Here I see:
the fault lines that shape the regional geography,
the cold weather beside the relatively warm oceanic water,
tectonics and volcanics as a background to the urban landscape,
tightly clustered housing around its once despised church that now displays its golden cupola,
in an economically humble fishing-based economy infused by very significant naval and scientific investment in a strategic city.
I also imagine that it's economy is shifting markedly, and that tourism may become very important even though there is no road from the rest of the world.
I really appreciate visiting Petropavlovsk with you. Wonderful privilege.
Ian, in the main you are right.
This is one of the less damaged by the man area of our country. People live in small towns or villages shpreaded over the large, buth very mounty territory. Much of the territory is imposible for life. For tourism - yes (more than 90 reserved territories), but again: the distances are quite big, and to get there is a big trip. So this becomes expensive. Travel inside is also expensive, as all fuel is brought there by ships.
Main production was fish, but after the destruction of USSR, and practically absence of any normal laws, the sea products have been extracted in aweful and dangerous manner. Practically all this went abroad, as for 2 decades they paid, and our economics was in ruin. Now they have lack of Kamchatka crabs and some kinds of fish after the devasting fishing.
As to the country - marvelous, for me one of the best envirnonments I have seen. Another one - may be Sitka at Alaska, but I was on a ship at that time, and the fog didn't allow to see all the landscape completely.
As to city - except the historical central part which is nice, the city is ugly. It is of the type of Soviet serial cities, quite poor and not looked after. For example, many small houses around fantastically beatiful mount (sopka at our Far East manner), made from I don't know what (as you see in this photo). People who made them were poor and used what they could find. They try now to reconstruct the city, but very slowly and not with good taste. All materials should be brought there from the main land, which around is not very much setled - very cold regions, in realty not appropriate for life.
I have more pictures which are not very successful, but if this is interesting to you, I'll put them in Picasa album and will send you the address. Olga
Thanks for the special reply. I love reading your notes for I find them very enlightening. The transformation of the fishing industry here is quite sad, and my earlier comment "it's economy is shifting markedly, and that tourism may become very important" was an allusion to that.
Any images you add to Picasa will be viewed by me, for I cannot imagine ever getting to Kamchatka other than that I have flown over it in daylight that once.
Thanks very much,
Очень красивое фото!
Dear friends, thanks to you all! Olga
I enjoyed reading the comment and the picture . Thank you.
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Photo taken in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka Krai, Russia
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