Komi: Life Among the Oil Spills

During my visit to Russia last autumn, my Greenpeace colleagues from Moscow organized a small field trip to the far north. Our destination was the area around city of Usinsk in the republic of Komi - just about 50 kilometers south of the Polar Circle.

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One thing that caught my eye already during the landing were the amazing autumn colours of the local taiga - vast forests around the Pechora River, and the blue gems of the lakes surrounding the river. Unfortunately, our mission was not admire the beauty of local nature, but rat…

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Ani 2015

An afternoon in the ancient Armenian city during my trip to the north-east Turkey.

Visiting Kushshor

A trip to a remote community on the Pechora River, Russia

Pátrání po Silvestrovi

Nedávno jsem se rozhodl začít psát příležitostný blog o pátrání po informacích a dokumentech souvisejících se životem a smrtí mého prastrýce Silvestra Němce.There is an English version of this blog that you can find here: searchingforsilvestr.wordpr... V roce 1939 jej firma Baťa vyslala ze Zlína do své pobočky v Singapuru. Tam jej na konci roku 1941, po útoku na Pearl Harbor, zastihla válka. Narukoval jako dobrovolník a účastnil se obrany Singapuru před japonskou invazí. Během pádu Singapuru v únoru 1942 pravděpodobně zahynul, i když jisté je jen to, že jeho stopy tam tehdy končí a…

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Taksim July 2016

People at the Taksim square in Istanbul two days after the failed coup in Turkey

Of Pigeons and People

Sunday morning at the pigeon market in Istanbul

Balat 2015

Walking the streets of old Constantinople this summer

Mosques (4 new items)

Collection from Istanbul mosques

Yirca heroes 2014/2015

Heroes of the struggle of a small village to protect their olive orchards against a coal company