Bikers on the road of Death Valley canyon, which is about 165 feets below sea level and one of the two largest valleys formed several million years ago. Air flows, quickly descending from the mountains, heat up and lose moisture, resulting in dry and hot air - a process called climatologists as "rain shadow." As a result of this process, the Death Valley is considered the most arid territory of North America. Death Valley National Park, California. October 2017

Bikers on the road of Death Valley canyon, which is about 165 feets below sea level and one of the two largest valleys formed several million years ago. Air flows, quickly descending from the mountains, heat up and lose moisture, resulting in dry and hot air - a process called climatologists as "rain shadow." As a result of this process, the Death Valley is considered the most arid territory of North America.
Death Valley National Park, California. October 2017

 One of America's favorite backyard birds and a favorite among bird watchers, the brilliant red plumage and distinctive crest of the Northern Cardinal are familiar sights in the winter backyards of Illinois. The Northern Cardinal was named by sixteenth century American settlers because its stunning red plumage reminded them of the bright red robes worn by the top officials – the cardinals – of the Roman Catholic Church. The birds, with their large feather crests, just naturally look like royalty. It is not unusual to find these birds gracing holiday items such as towels, table linens, festive dishes, Christmas cards, and tree ornaments. Indeed, the stunning red likeness of the cardinal has become a welcome and familiar symbol of the holiday season. Illinois officialy selected the Cardinal as the State Bird of Illinois in 1929 by the Illinois General Assembly. The Northern Cardinal is the state bird of seven states, more than any other species: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia

One of America's favorite backyard birds and a favorite among bird watchers, the brilliant red plumage and distinctive crest of the Northern Cardinal are familiar sights in the winter backyards of Illinois.
The Northern Cardinal was named by sixteenth century American settlers because its stunning red plumage reminded them of the bright red robes worn by the top officials – the cardinals – of the Roman Catholic Church. The birds, with their large feather crests, just naturally look like royalty. It is not unusual to find these birds gracing holiday items such as towels, table linens, festive dishes, Christmas cards, and tree ornaments. Indeed, the stunning red likeness of the cardinal has become a welcome and familiar symbol of the holiday season.
Illinois officialy selected the Cardinal as the State Bird of Illinois in 1929 by the Illinois General Assembly. The Northern Cardinal is the state bird of seven states, more than any other species: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia

 Neurosurgeon and academician Arnold Smeyanovich (center) with his assistants performs an operation to remove cancerous tissue in the Cardiology Scientific and Production Center in Minsk. In front of the doctor - the human brain which is ready for surgery. Minsk, Belarus, 2013  To view full 6th hour surgery - click   HERE

Neurosurgeon and academician Arnold Smeyanovich (center) with his assistants performs an operation to remove cancerous tissue in the Cardiology Scientific and Production Center in Minsk. In front of the doctor - the human brain which is ready for surgery. Minsk, Belarus, 2013

To view full 6th hour surgery - click HERE

 A man passing through the Independence avenue in Minsk, Belarus. 2017.

A man passing through the Independence avenue in Minsk, Belarus. 2017.

 Stairwell at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago  The current stairwell and whole building was designed in 1996 by Berlin-based architect Josef Paul Kleihues. His design approach has been described as "poetic rationalist".

Stairwell at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago

The current stairwell and whole building was designed in 1996 by Berlin-based architect Josef Paul Kleihues. His design approach has been described as "poetic rationalist".

 Visitors taking pictures with never-before-seen views of the city at 1,353 feet up (412 m). The Ledge is a glass balcony, extending 4-feet from the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, world-renowned building, a Chicago icon. At completion in 1973 it become the tallest building in the world, a title it held for nearly 25 years. Nowadays it considered eighth-tallest building in the world and remains the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall.

Visitors taking pictures with never-before-seen views of the city at 1,353 feet up (412 m). The Ledge is a glass balcony, extending 4-feet from the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower, world-renowned building, a Chicago icon.
At completion in 1973 it become the tallest building in the world, a title it held for nearly 25 years. Nowadays it considered eighth-tallest building in the world and remains the tallest in the Western Hemisphere, standing 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall.

 A representative of the mass-media jumps over the red carpet at the Palace of Independence in Minsk in attempt not to leave traces on prepared carpet for president walk in. The Palace gathered about a thousand of a vip guests which arrived for Alexander Lukashenko inauguration as the president of the Republic of Belarus. Lukashenko takes this position for the fifth time. Minsk, Belarus, 2015

A representative of the mass-media jumps over the red carpet at the Palace of Independence in Minsk in attempt not to leave traces on prepared carpet for president walk in. The Palace gathered about a thousand of a vip guests which arrived for Alexander Lukashenko inauguration as the president of the Republic of Belarus. Lukashenko takes this position for the fifth time. Minsk, Belarus, 2015

 The diamond ring phase happens at the end of a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. The village of  Makanda (Illinois) got two minutes and 40 seconds of darkness during the total solar eclipse - more than anywhere else in the United States.  

The diamond ring phase happens at the end of a total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. The village of  Makanda (Illinois) got two minutes and 40 seconds of darkness during the total solar eclipse - more than anywhere else in the United States.  

 People swim and play in the water the town's outdoor swimming pool. Leisure area located in the very center of Minsk, and along with shashlyk, sun loungers and mineral-rich water, allows to enjoy the atmosphere of classic Soviet sanatorium for a day. Minsk, Belarus, 2013

People swim and play in the water the town's outdoor swimming pool. Leisure area located in the very center of Minsk, and along with shashlyk, sun loungers and mineral-rich water, allows to enjoy the atmosphere of classic Soviet sanatorium for a day.
Minsk, Belarus, 2013

 Morning walk with a dog on the outskirts of Minsk after heavy snowfall. Belarus 2016

Morning walk with a dog on the outskirts of Minsk after heavy snowfall. Belarus 2016

 Street scene at the "Boston Commons" central public park in downtown Boston (dating from 1634, it is the oldest city park in the US), with the Massachusetts State House on the background.  

Street scene at the "Boston Commons" central public park in downtown Boston (dating from 1634, it is the oldest city park in the US), with the Massachusetts State House on the background.  

 Prisoners of Metropolitan Correction Center in downtown Chicago (MCC) doing morning yoga classes on the prison rooftop (~29 floor).   The MMC seems to break away from all the past typological rules of prison. Not like the prisons in the mid-eighteens century which were built on the edge of the city, this prison is built in a crowd area in downtown, it's a concrete skyscraper in a right triangular shape with narrow and long slit windows. MCC Chicago was designed by architect Harry Weese and constracted in 1975. Weese chose the maximum five inch width for the seven-foot-high barless windows. Following an escape in 1985 bars were introduced. In 2012 two convicted bank robbers managed to create a hole and rappel 17 stories to their escape on tied bed sheets.

Prisoners of Metropolitan Correction Center in downtown Chicago (MCC) doing morning yoga classes on the prison rooftop (~29 floor).


The MMC seems to break away from all the past typological rules of prison. Not like the prisons in the mid-eighteens century which were built on the edge of the city, this prison is built in a crowd area in downtown, it's a concrete skyscraper in a right triangular shape with narrow and long slit windows. MCC Chicago was designed by architect Harry Weese and constracted in 1975. Weese chose the maximum five inch width for the seven-foot-high barless windows. Following an escape in 1985 bars were introduced. In 2012 two convicted bank robbers managed to create a hole and rappel 17 stories to their escape on tied bed sheets.

 Minsk high school students, dressed in military uniform, carry a honor guard by the eternal fire on Victory Square under the heavy rain.Head of the squad wipes water droplets from the face of his comrade, who are not allowed to move at his post under any circumstances. The so-called Post No.1 is a legacy of the Soviet era. A mandatory attribute for girls participating in the guard of honor - solemn white bows on the hair.

Minsk high school students, dressed in military uniform, carry a honor guard by the eternal fire on Victory Square under the heavy rain.Head of the squad wipes water droplets from the face of his comrade, who are not allowed to move at his post under any circumstances. The so-called Post No.1 is a legacy of the Soviet era. A mandatory attribute for girls participating in the guard of honor - solemn white bows on the hair.

 Big city life. Chicago, 2017

Big city life. Chicago, 2017

  American Eagle Airlines airplane Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (tail N982NN) Boston-Chicago flying over the moon before landing in O'Hare International Airport.

 American Eagle Airlines airplane Embraer ERJ 170-200LR (tail N982NN) Boston-Chicago flying over the moon before landing in O'Hare International Airport.

 Representatives of the Communist party unfold old USSR banner with slogan "Lenin! October! Communism!" on Independance square in Minsk. Traditionally on November 7 they celebrating the October Revolution Day. Minsk, Belarus 2016   full reportage is   HERE

Representatives of the Communist party unfold old USSR banner with slogan "Lenin! October! Communism!" on Independance square in Minsk. Traditionally on November 7 they celebrating the October Revolution Day. Minsk, Belarus 2016 

full reportage is HERE

 People on the one of the biggest stairs in Vitebsk. Belarus 2014

People on the one of the biggest stairs in Vitebsk. Belarus 2014

 Young dancer behind the scenes of the concert hall before going onstage. Minsk 2015

Young dancer behind the scenes of the concert hall before going onstage. Minsk 2015

 One of the greatest neurosurgeon and academician in Belarus - Arnold Smeyanovich ready to perform an uniqe operation to remove cancerous tissue in the human brain. Arnold Fedorovich works in a neurosurgery field around 50 years during which he produced more than 10 thousand operations, most of which - on the brain. Minsk, Belarus, 2013  To view full 6th hour surgery - click   HERE

One of the greatest neurosurgeon and academician in Belarus - Arnold Smeyanovich ready to perform an uniqe operation to remove cancerous tissue in the human brain. Arnold Fedorovich works in a neurosurgery field around 50 years during which he produced more than 10 thousand operations, most of which - on the brain. Minsk, Belarus, 2013

To view full 6th hour surgery - click HERE

 Smog which is unprecedented for Minsk, formed due to weather conditions - surface inversion and smoke of mass fires of foliage. The photo was taken from the aircraft AN-2 at an altitude about 1200 meters. In the frame - National Library of the Republic of Belarus. October 29, 2014

Smog which is unprecedented for Minsk, formed due to weather conditions - surface inversion and smoke of mass fires of foliage. The photo was taken from the aircraft AN-2 at an altitude about 1200 meters. In the frame - National Library of the Republic of Belarus. October 29, 2014

 Municipal services establish the framework of the New Year tree at the central square of Minsk. 2016

Municipal services establish the framework of the New Year tree at the central square of Minsk. 2016

 An elderly woman begging for money on the stairs of an underground subway passage.Minsk, Belarus, 2007

An elderly woman begging for money on the stairs of an underground subway passage.Minsk, Belarus, 2007

 Hundreds of people having fun and enjoying sleds riding from the huge hill in on the the most populous district of Minsk. Belarus 2015

Hundreds of people having fun and enjoying sleds riding from the huge hill in on the the most populous district of Minsk. Belarus 2015

 Chicago, Illinois, 2016.  Shortly after summer rain I went out to get some fresh air, of course I've got a camera on me. I'm always walking in chaotic zig-zag way when I hanging around with my camera. So this spot located far from home, somewhere on the back of supermarket storehouse right by the subway railways. You bet there's no one else ( except crazy photographers and hobos) walking at this kind of places. That's not very crowded neighborhood so when I saw this place, the reflection in a puddle, was thrilled with trains running back and forth I had to wait long-long time, until anyone will pass here. Well, I was waiting and waiting...and waiting. Finally, I gave up after some time, headed towards the home already. But then i pushed my self to go back and wait for one damn shoot, no matter how long it will take! You'll be surprised, but a minute after my decision this guy and a train drove in a frame at the same time.

Chicago, Illinois, 2016.

Shortly after summer rain I went out to get some fresh air, of course I've got a camera on me. I'm always walking in chaotic zig-zag way when I hanging around with my camera. So this spot located far from home, somewhere on the back of supermarket storehouse right by the subway railways. You bet there's no one else ( except crazy photographers and hobos) walking at this kind of places. That's not very crowded neighborhood so when I saw this place, the reflection in a puddle, was thrilled with trains running back and forth I had to wait long-long time, until anyone will pass here. Well, I was waiting and waiting...and waiting. Finally, I gave up after some time, headed towards the home already. But then i pushed my self to go back and wait for one damn shoot, no matter how long it will take! You'll be surprised, but a minute after my decision this guy and a train drove in a frame at the same time.

 Students of the Suvorov Military School by the memorial of the eternal flame on Victory Square in Minsk. Minsk 2014

Students of the Suvorov Military School by the memorial of the eternal flame on Victory Square in Minsk. Minsk 2014

 A full moon rises above the lights of Wrigleyville in Chicago, the nickname to the neighborhood directly surrounding Wrigley Field. It features low-rise brick buildings and houses, some with rooftop bleachers colloquially called Wrigley Rooftops where people can purchase seats to watch baseball games or concerts that, while generally more expensive than tickets for seats within the park itself, come with all you can eat and drink service. Proprietors are able to do so under special agreements with the Chicago Cubs organization.

A full moon rises above the lights of Wrigleyville in Chicago, the nickname to the neighborhood directly surrounding Wrigley Field. It features low-rise brick buildings and houses, some with rooftop bleachers colloquially called Wrigley Rooftops where people can purchase seats to watch baseball games or concerts that, while generally more expensive than tickets for seats within the park itself, come with all you can eat and drink service. Proprietors are able to do so under special agreements with the Chicago Cubs organization.

 Minsk high school student, dressed in military uniform, carry a honor guard by the eternal fire on Victory Square. The so-called Post No.1 is a legacy of the Soviet era. A mandatory attribute for girls participating in the guard of honor - solemn white bows on the hair.

Minsk high school student, dressed in military uniform, carry a honor guard by the eternal fire on Victory Square. The so-called Post No.1 is a legacy of the Soviet era. A mandatory attribute for girls participating in the guard of honor - solemn white bows on the hair.

 Man in concrete jungles, 206

Man in concrete jungles, 206

 Minsk streets during the first snowfall of 2017.

Minsk streets during the first snowfall of 2017.

 Firefighters together with their fire dogs chilling in a shade on a really hot day during rare moments of quiet and peace on duty.  Chicago, Illinois

Firefighters together with their fire dogs chilling in a shade on a really hot day during rare moments of quiet and peace on duty.

Chicago, Illinois

 Wooden piles left from the old pier near the shore on Lake Michigan. Chicago, 2016.

Wooden piles left from the old pier near the shore on Lake Michigan. Chicago, 2016.

 Tattoo artist makes a tattoo "I'm Russian" with a nationalist ornament on the left temple of the young man's head. International tattoo convention in Minsk. 2016

Tattoo artist makes a tattoo "I'm Russian" with a nationalist ornament on the left temple of the young man's head. International tattoo convention in Minsk. 2016

 Workers of municipal services cleaning up railway platform after heavy snow storm "Javier" which hit Minsk in winter 2014.  

Workers of municipal services cleaning up railway platform after heavy snow storm "Javier" which hit Minsk in winter 2014.
 

 At times traveling by public transport gives you unpredictable&rare chanses to see some amazing things and people. Then you just must be ready and brave enough to take out your camera and pull the shutter.  My Californian stranger in a bus with his bird called Larry.

At times traveling by public transport gives you unpredictable&rare chanses to see some amazing things and people. Then you just must be ready and brave enough to take out your camera and pull the shutter. 
My Californian stranger in a bus with his bird called Larry.

 Downtown Chicago, 2017

Downtown Chicago, 2017

 Member of the Belarusian Armed Forces orchestra during ceremony of taking the oath among the new employees of the Investigative Committee. Belarus, Minsk, 2014.

Member of the Belarusian Armed Forces orchestra during ceremony of taking the oath among the new employees of the Investigative Committee. Belarus, Minsk, 2014.

 Kids playing next to the aquarium with whale belugas at the Shedd Aquarium. Chicago, 2016.

Kids playing next to the aquarium with whale belugas at the Shedd Aquarium. Chicago, 2016.

 Historical reconstruction of knight tournament in the center of Minsk during the celebration of the city day. Belarus 2014

Historical reconstruction of knight tournament in the center of Minsk during the celebration of the city day. Belarus 2014

 The guy climbs the hill with his snowboard for a downhill free-ride. One of the industrial districts of the city. Belarus, Minsk, 2014.

The guy climbs the hill with his snowboard for a downhill free-ride. One of the industrial districts of the city. Belarus, Minsk, 2014.