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Kuril Lake in Kamchatka - the most bearish in Russia. Apparently, in the world. this year the aerial surveys have shown that more than a thousand bears live around the lake! So that aerial surveys, I have repeatedly been able to see here bears to one hundred per day!

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In this image you can see the whole farm on the left - two house inspector. Large building on the right - a hotel for visitors. Buildings are connected with wooden-plank trails. Green Square - a helipad:

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Cordon at Cape Grassy - and my favorite place on the Kuril Lake. The tourist season on the lake is nearing completion. Soon season storm. Inspectors coming holiday season working here. And for me, the off-season - a favorite time to go. So I'll be here for a replacement before the onset of winter.

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In the center of the frame - Cape Herb and Kuril Lake. Aerial view:

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This picture I made on the first day before sunrise: decided to check how the newly purchased Nikon D4 at dusk. Benefit did not have to go far: the closest bear wandered along the beach just a few hundred meters of the cordon:

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Caldera Uzon volcano, located on the territory of the Kronotsky Nature Reserve, south of Kronotsky lake on the Kamchatka Peninsula:

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Astute readers will have noticed gray streaks in the previous helicopter picture caldera Uzon. Fortunately, this is not roads and wooden-plank trails. Wrong those who thought it was a concern for the purity of shoes visitors. These trails are paving where tundra and bog soils are particularly vulnerable. This is especially true for the Valley of the Geysers and the caldera Uzon - a world famous tourist destination. Visitors arriving by helicopter, do not leave the wooden decks and trails. Construction and upkeep of trails - a troublesome and expensive hobby, because each board has to take the place of the helicopter:

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There on unknown paths traces of unseen beasts ...

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animals on the far cordon:

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The end of September. Here is the third day worth Indian summer. Afternoon bright, very nekamchatskoe sun, blue sky and blue water, and in the morning to ten o'clock, a thick fog. We wander in the fog, constantly bumping into bears:

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Nose to nose:

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A bit of talk about the place where the work now ...

in its contemporary borders State Nature Reserve "South Kamchatka" was organized in 1983 and is located in the south of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Its area is 322 thousand hectares, including a three-mile surrounding marine area. In addition to the Kuril Lake, under the protection of the reserve are such unique items as operating Ilyinsky volcanoes, wild comb Kambalny, Koshelevsky, Cape Lopatka, lake Kambalny island Utashud.

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In the reserve are protected animals such as sea otters, sea lions, bighorn sheep, white-tailed and Steller's sea eagle, eagle, bear, salmon and many others. This is the only reserve at the federal level in the Kamchatka region. areas close to the reserved mode, are prohibited almost all kinds of wildlife, including hunting, commercial fishing, logging, reclamation, exploration and production of minerals. In 1996, the reserve area was included in the list of World Natural and Cultural Heritage by UNESCO as part of the category "Volcanoes of Kamchatka". The reserve is not settlements. Now more detail on the Kuril Lake. About 8000 ago in the south of Kamchatka, a series of grandiose volcanic disasters. By volume ejected incandescent debris mass eruption is at least seven to eight times higher than the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883. Melt flow reached both shores of Kamchatka - the Okhotsk and the Pacific.

There is no doubt that in the south of Kamchatka after this eruption some time there was a volcanic desert. All living things, which was not able to move to a safe distance, was destroyed. formed volcanic bowl on site giant failure - a caldera, which gradually began to fill with water. Thus was born the Kuril Lake:

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Vulcan Ilyinskaya hill rises above the water table an area of ​​77 square kilometers. The volume of water in the lake - 15 cubic kilometers, the average depth - 195 meters during high tide change - 18 years of age, the average transparency of water in the summer - 10 meters. The maximum depth of the lake - 316 meters.

Ilyinsky volcano - one of the most beautiful with the correct conical shape. Height - 1578 meters, the base diameter - 8 km. This volcano - the most noticeable decoration in the panorama of the lake. Where the slope of the volcano is in contact with the waters of the Kurile Lake, in the bay of warm, is a hot beach with access to thermal waters. I made a couple of attempts to relax on this beach, but each time was driven bears: just a narrow strip of sand on the vibrant animal tracks between breeding grounds:

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The cliffs on the island Samang:

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Lava islands near the volcano Elias hill:

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Surrounding neighborhood lake. Hakytsin River, which flows into the lake near grassy cordon. The mouth of this river can be clearly seen in the house of my window. Right now there are running the fish toed heels ...

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Photo author:

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Next to the cordon at Cape Bear Grass appeared ... well, very large forms. I nicknamed her Eve:

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We continue to get acquainted with the bears in Kamchatka. quarreled:

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An Evening at Kuril Lake:

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Season fish gluttony. On the cubs are now a sorry sight. Sit, hiccuping and heavy panting, sometimes lapsing into a food coma. Like a bloated ticks. Play can no longer. Soon into the den ...

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All of a sudden - the fox. Yet this is not the place of Kamchatka fox:

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Early October. Postcard golden autumn in Kamchatka:

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October 7, 2012. The last hours of autumn colors. The east wind has pulled from the ocean mane approaching cyclone, which sderet leaves of willows and birches, whitewashed mountain peaks and volcanoes fresh snow. Comes another stage fall ...

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Early morning:

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Helipad at dawn. Night cordon Grass is always filled with the sounds. The lapping of waves, the noise of a distant waterfall, bear sighs from the bushes. But traces of nightlife on the Frozen helipad. That they have, there was a disco?

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One bear - is not enough, two - rate, three - large family of four - a rarity. But not for the Kronotsky Reserve and the South Kamchatka Federal Reserve. This is where state inspectors and scientists are increasingly seeing major bear family. Bear with five cubs:

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The abundance of large families bear in the reserve and the reserve is due to not only an excellent food source (abundance of fish, berries and nuts dwarf pine), but also good protection against poachers:

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"... 9 miles from the top of Lake District of the river, and on which its side - is unknown, it is worth whitish utesnaya mountain which does not otherwise seem like a shuttle, set perpendicular, which for the sake of the Cossacks call it Batov stone, and thence pagans talk, that god and creator of Kamchatka Kutkh before his departure had lived there for some time, in yet stone canoes or Baht on the sea and the lake went for catching fish, and on an exit from there put shuttles to classified stone, and so they are in such reverence from them contained, that come close to him about asayutsya ":

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October 10, 2012. The volcano Elias hill. Still, the wind tore off not all yellow leaves. He left little to contradict the white snow on the volcanoes. Landscape looks incredibly beautiful:

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Sleepy Bears. Today froze and dull day. Bears attacked drowsiness. And if adults Bears somehow confront it, the Bears just fall on the go and fall asleep. They are no longer interested in neither fish nor berries. Probably starts some kind of mechanism of preparation to near enter dens, October 11, 2012:

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Bears in Kamchatka. Autumn 2012. Portrait:

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