Siberia's Weird, Wonderful Summer Rituals

Expansive landscapes, colorful festivals, and stuffed bears.

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Atlantic photo editor Alan Taylor has an eye for the strange, the captivating, and the generally exquisite. Today, he turns he gaze on Siberia. As he explains:

Reuters photographer Ilya Naymushin is based in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, the the third largest city in Siberia. He frequently takes photographs of daily life in and around Krasnoyarsk, capturing expansive landscapes, colorful festivals, and intimate moments with equal skill.

Check out a sampling of the photos below, and see the full slideshow here.


Young equestrian Julia Verbitskaya trains Dogovor, a Hanover breed stallion, before a performance at the 1st Summer Children's Paralympic festival of equestrian sports in the suburbs of Krasnoyarsk, on June 8, 2012. Children suffering from locomotive impairments, who attend hippotherapy courses in Irkutsk, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Achinsk, Nazarovo and other Siberian cities, took part in a two-day sports festival supported by the regional center of adaptive sports. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)


Former Russian paratroopers salute during the celebration of Russian Paratroopers Day, an annual holiday, at Central Park in the Krasnoyarsk, on August 2, 2012. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

Trucks drive along M53 highway in Khakassia region, some 270 km (168 miles) south of Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, on May 19, 2012. M53 highway connects Krasnoyarsk region, the Republic of Khakassia, the Republic of Tuva and the border with Mongolia. (Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)
A man displays stuffed animals for sale including a Siberian brown bear cub, a red fox and a beaver along the roadside of M53 Baikal federal highway near the settlement of Kozulka, about 100 km (62 miles) west of Krasnoyarsk, on July 2, 2012.

(Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

A Russian-made Beriev Be-200ChS amphibious aircraft, owned by the Siberian Regional Center of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, dumps 12 tons of colored water matching the Russian state flag during a demonstration flight at an air show dedicated to the Day of the Russian Air Fleet at the Yemelyanovo airport outside Krasnoyarsk, on August 18, 2012.

(Reuters/Ilya Naymushin)

About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.