At the Bath of Youth Kara-gol with a Small Waterfall

At the Bath of Youth Kara-gol with a Small Waterfall

A small waterfall in the Grand Canyon filling the deep natural bath Kara-gol formed by Auzun-Uzen river (stream). The river flows at the bottom of the Canyon with multitude of blocks and boulders, forms over hundred of 2-3 meter deep erosive cauldrons and gullies that look like porcelain sinks. These are so called baths. Kara-gol is the largest natural font, located on the road from Yalta to the peak of Ai-Petri. Even in extreme heat, the water temperature in the font nicknamed “Bath of Youth” does not exceed 11-12 degrees. Kara-gol has an average diameter of about 5 meters, or rather, the bath is almost rectangular, 3 by 6 meters and a depth of 6 meters. From a ledge, 3 meters high, jets of a very pretty waterfall flow into it. The parameters of the “bath” completely allow those who wish to dive from a towering stone ledge without fear of injury. But the waterfall is just the appearance of filling the font. In fact, water enters the small mountain lake from a spring that does not dry during the hottest time, and is 150 meters higher from the ground.

Photo #693 taken on May 04, 2017

Album: Ai-Petri Mountain

Categories: Landscapes

Tags: #Big Canyon #mountains #rivers #Kara-gol #font #lakes #waterfalls #nature #mountain lake #natural baths #Bath of Youth #Ai-Petri #Spring #Auzun-Uzen #water #Crimea #Russia

Upper Plateau of Mount Ai-Petri and the Radar Complex in the Spring

Upper Plateau of Mount Ai-Petri and the Radar Complex in the Spring

The spring landscape of the upper plateau of Mount Ai-Petri overlooking the huge white balls of the radar complex on the top of the Bedene-Kır mountain. Bedene-Cyr in Turkic means Quail Mountain.

White patches of unmelted snow on the plateau at a height about 1,2 km above sea level are still visible on the plateau surface. The complex of radar stations (RLS) is located on the top of Bedene-Cyr (Quail ) Mountain and is classified as “secret”. It is the highest plateau’s peak of 1334 meters above sea level.

Photo #331 taken on May 04, 2017

Album: Ai-Petri Mountain

Categories: Landscapes

Tags: #Ai-Petri #Bedene-Cyr #Crimea #landscapes #Quail Mountain #RLS #Russia #Spring #mountains #nature #peak #plateau #radar station

Overview of Massandra Park

Overview of Massandra Park

Looking on the splendid park with fountain, sculptures, and columns from a window on the second floor at the south-western side of Massandra Palace. This beautiful park was developed in a French style during the reconstruction of the palace, the summer residence of Alexander III in Crimea, by the project of Messmacher in the 1890s. Behind the fountain are growing two giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron Giganteum), the highest mammoth trees in Crimea. They were planted 130 years ago, so in the present time, the trunk girth of these trees is about nine meters, and the height is about forty meters.

Photo #136 taken on August 13, 2019 during the tour of Massandra Palace with my dear clients from Hong Kong, Esther and Ricky on the 3rd day of the adventure trip “Discovering Crimea in 6 Days”.

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Architectural Landscapes

Tags: #Crimea #Discover Crimea #French Park #Massandra #Massandra Park #Parks #Russia #Sequoia Dendron #Sequoiadendron #fountains #giant trees #mammoth trees #nature #plants #sculptures #sequoia #trees

Trunk of the Mammoth Tree in Massandra Park

Trunk of the Mammoth Tree in Massandra Park

Looking up through the branches of a Sequoiadendron giganteum in Massandra park. Its branches resembling mammoth tusks, that is why this type of sequoias called Mammoth tree. This giant tree was planted at the western facade of the Massandra Palace 130 years ago during the reconstruction of the residence of Emperor Alexander III according to the project of the famous architect Messmacher in the 1890s. In the present time, the trunk girth of the sequoiadendron is about nine meters, and the height is about forty meters.

Photo #172 taken on August 13, 2019 during visiting Massandra Palace with my dear clients from Hong Kong, Esther and Ricky on the 3rd day of the adventure trip “Discovering Crimea in 6 Days”.

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Nature

Tags: #trunk #Branches #Crimea #Massandra #Massandra Park #Russia #Sequoia Dendron #Sequoiadendron #giant trees #mammoth trees #nature #sequoia #trees #Discover Crimea #plants

Rose Tree With Pink Roses in Massandra Garden

Rose Tree With Pink Roses in Massandra Garden

Flowering standard pink rose-tree at the picturesque antique patio near the eastern facade of Massandra Palace in the background of the curved stonewall with fountains.

Photo #051 taken on August 13, 2019 during tour of Livadia Palace and Park with my dear clients from Hong Kong, Esther and Ricky on the 3rd day of the adventure trip “Discovering Crimea in 6 Days”.

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Landscapes Nature

Tags: #roses #rose tree #standard roses #flowers #Massandra #patio #garden #Parks #Massandra Park #Crimea #Russia #planta #nature #landscapes

Under Branches of the Giant Sequoiadendron

Under Branches of the Giant Sequoiadendron

Under the huge branches of Sequoiadendron giganteum, evergreen coniferous tree of gigantic size in Massandra park. With branches resembling mammoth tusks, these sequoias also called Mammoth trees. The two giant trees were planted on the western facade of the Massandra Palace 130 years ago during the reconstruction of the residence of Emperor Alexander III according to the project of the famous architect Messmacher in the 1890s. In the present time, the trunk girth of the giant sequoias is about nine meters, and the height is about forty meters.

The first seeds of Sequoiadendron giganteum Nikitsky Botanical Garden (located in few kilometers from Massandra) received in 1840 from the former Russian colony Ross in California. Later, the giant sequoia dedron came to Europe from the South of Crimean peninsula.

Photo #005 taken on August 13, 2019 during visiting Massandra Palace with my dear clients from Hong Kong, Esther and Ricky on the 3rd day of the adventure trip “Discovering Crimea in 6 Days”.

Album: Massandra Estate

Categories: Nature

Tags: #Branches #Crimea #Massandra #Massandra Park #Russia #Sequoia Dendron #Sequoiadendron #giant trees #mammoth trees #nature #sequoias #trees

White Marble Fountain with Tulips Flowerbed in the Fog

White Marble Fountain with Tulips Flowerbed in the Fog

View on the White Marble Fountain surrounded by blooming tulips flowerbed in the park in front of Livadia Palace in the fog. The area of Livadia park is known for its rich history, and the local amazing nature has always inspired artists and poets, writers and composers. Travelers from all over the world come here to admire the beautiful park surrounding the palace, breathe the clean and healing sea air.

Photo #145 taken on May 05, 2017

Album: Livadia Palace and Park

Categories: Architectural Landscapes

Tags: #Crimea #Livadia #Livadia Park #Russia #Yalta #fountains #architecture #Parks #nature #fog #tulips #flowerbed #marble fountain

The Amazing Sudak Pine-Tree at Sokol Mountain

The Amazing Sudak Pine-Tree at Sokol Mountain

This exceptional Stankevich pine grows on a steep slope, almost at the peak (about 410 metres above sea level) of Sokol (Falcon) mountain in Novy Svet (New World). Such pine trees are very rare in nature, but they are endemic to the Sudak district on the southern coast of the Crimea peninsula. First described by the Russian botanist V.N. Stankevich, the pines were named by the academic V. N. Sukachev in 1906 in his honor. They are also known as “Sudak Pines”- after the region in which they are found. The pine tree in this photograph is about 200 years old.

Photo #222 taken on August 31, 2015

Album: Mount Falcon (Kush-Kaya) in Novy Svet

Categories: Landscapes

Tags: #Crimea #Novy Svet #Pine Trees #Russia #Stankevich Pine #Sudak Pine #nature #mountains #Sokol Mountain #Kush-Kaya #trees #landscapes