Church of Elijah the Prophet in Yaroslavl

Church of Elijah the Prophet in Yaroslavl
Church of Elijah the Prophet. Fujifilm X100T, Fujinon 23mm f/2.0 Aspherical Super EBC, , ƒ/9 ISO, 200, 1/250″.

You easily may pass by this Church of Elijah the Prophet, once you find yourself at Soviet Square in Yaroslavl, just in 0.5 km from the famous Monastery of Savior Transfiguration (Spaso-Preobrazhensky) in the very city center. You see red canvas with hammer and sickle white-blue-red flags that draw your attention from this church with simple white exterior. Why is it so remarkable?

Church of Elijah the Prophet in Yaroslavl
Church of Elijah the Prophet in Yaroslavl. EF 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 DO IS USM, , ƒ/9 ISO, 400, 1/200″.

Well, we know in advance, this church is the true architectural pearl. Still were impressed by its grandeur. And it′s not that much about the church′s conical roof above the bell tower, very typical to Yaroslavl architectural tradition, and not about russian ceramics in church fence decoration, and even not about its festive entrance.

Church of Elijah the Prophet in Yaroslavl: russian ornamented tiles in church fence decoration
Church of Elijah the Prophet in Yaroslavl: russian ornamented tiles in church fence decoration. EF 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6 DO IS USM, , ƒ/6.3 ISO, 400, 1/200″.

What really blows your mind away are frescoes. They span the walls from the floor up to the arched ceiling. Even window sides and church head inner walls are covered with painting despite the fact you see them only at a very low angle. The frescoes are dated to 17th century and not only well preserved, but are also very bright thanks to the last renovation. I use to feel like a time traveller in such places, to feel put back some centuries to the past. However, here everything is too vibrant and bright to be a reality from the past.

Church of Elijah the Prophet in Yaroslavl: interior and frescoes
Church of Elijah the Prophet in Yaroslavl: interior and frescoes. EF 17–40mm f/4L USM, , ƒ/7.1 ISO, 3200, 1/20″.

Everybody says that the church is big and spacious. I would not say it feels packed inside, maybe you are just so attracted to viewing frescoes that stop thinking about the building′s inner volume architectural solution.
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Orchids in a spruce forest

Cypripedium calceolus, lady's-slipper orchid
Cypripedium calceolus, lady′s-slipper orchid. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG HSM, , ƒ/11 ISO, 200, 1/160″.

Every creature was glad for such a hot summer weather in the very end of May. Most important, orchids were glad, too! I haven′t photographed them for such a long time, especially not far from St. Petersburg.

So today are some photos of lady′s slipper, Cypripedium calceolus, which likes spruce forests on soils rich in carbonates.
The number of these orchids in that particular location is absolutely incredible! And I′m very happy with that, because our orchids are all endangered and in general very subtle and susceptible to human barbarous approach to nature.

Cypripedium calceolus, lady's-slipper orchid Cypripedium calceolus, lady's-slipper orchid
Lady′s-slipper orchid. Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2.8, , ƒ/2.8 ISO, 400, 1/100″.

Orchis militaris

Orchis militaris
Orchis militaris, military orchid. St. Petersburg region. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG HSM, , ƒ/4 ISO, 200, 1/125″.

It was a rare week of awesome weather in May. Escaped to photograph orchids for one day and a half. Had lots of fun but payed a high price for that time later... Still it was worth that.

These pretty plants definitely deserve that love and attention with which I approached them. Today′s just one of our local orchid species – Orchis militaris. A tiny flower sitting among spring grasses gives an excellent opportunity to try different angles and coposition. I really love this kind of soft pictures. Below are close ups of the same species inflorescence, just a larger specimen.

Close up of Orchis militaris inflorescence Close up of Orchis militaris inflorescence
Close up of Orchis militaris inflorescence. St. Petersburg region. Sigma 150mm f/2.8 Macro EX DG HSM, , ƒ/13 ISO, 200, 1/8″.

Design for PSB2016 International Symposium

Plant Signaling and Behavior Symposium 2016 was held with a great success in St. Petersburg, Russia in June. It was really great to be a part of this large meeting of plant signalling scientists from all over the globe.
Being the deputy head of Local Organising Committee (LOC) of PSB2016, I was responsible for IT infrastructure and visual design of everything related to the Symposium.

PSB2016 Symposium website on iOS devices
PSB2016 Symposium website on iOS devices

Website

We have started in August 2015, and I did paper sketches of what later become the conference website.
While the majority of our audience was quite conservative and used their desktop browsers, I kept in mind youth guys as well and adapted the design for mobile viewing experience. I think it was a good idea to respect these 9% too.
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