Stolby Nature Sanctuary

by Gaetano
Stolby Nature Sanctuary - Nature Reserve

Stolby Nature Reserve is an immense expanse of trees with here and there tall shaped granite rock formations. These are up to 100 meters high and are called pillars (Stolby in Russian).

Stolby Nature Sanctuary - Nature Reserve

Stolby Nature Sanctuary – Nature Reserve

All the rock formations have a name: the grandfather, the mother, the daughter, the lion’s door, the feathers (perhaps the most famous granite structure in the park), etc.

Stolby Nature Sanctuary - The Feathers

Stolby Nature Sanctuary – The Feathers

I have been here with a guide for a 23 km sunrise-to-sunset hike. I missed, therefore, the best time of the day to take pictures, always shooting under a hot and bright sun. But this was the only chance I had to visit this park since I have been here during my Trans-Siberian Railway journey.

Stolby Nature Sanctuary - Nature Reserve

Stolby Nature Sanctuary – Nature Reserve

I took all these shots freehand without a tripod, because we didn’t have enough time to choose a composition, set up the equipment, etc.

Stolby Nature Sanctuary - Nature Reserve

Stolby Nature Sanctuary – Nature Reserve

I edited most of them using my preset Lakatos, which gives a moody dark/green desaturated look to the photos.

Stolby Nature Sanctuary - Stolbism and free solo climbing

Stolby Nature Sanctuary – Stolbism and free solo climbing

You find here more information about the park and some of these pictures but with a brighter and colorful edit.

Stolby Nature Sanctuary - Nature Reserve

Stolby Nature Sanctuary – Nature Reserve

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