For many Russians, the fall is associated with rain, slush and cold. These photos from around the country prove the opposite: autumn in Russia is, above all, a time of great beauty.
1. For Muscovites, the fall is a chance to soak up the last warm days of the year before the chill sets in. That’s why so many festivals take place in the capital at this time, including the famous Golden Autumn harvest festival.
2. St. Petersburg residents have less to cheer: the average autumn temperature hovers around 8 C in the daytime and 3 C at night, with frequent rain. But during the rare glimpses of sunshine, autumnal St. Petersburg looks splendid.
3. On the opposite side of Russia and the Earth, on the island of Sakhalin, the fall inspires a yearning for the joys of solitude and oneness with nature. The turquoise color of the water of Sakhalin’s numerous lakes (some of which formed as a result of open-pit coal mining) look particularly romantic in the autumn season.
4. Some cities in Russia see early snowfall in autumn. Residents of Norilsk are accustomed to snowdrifts on the roads in September and October.
5. Elsewhere, in southern parts of Russia, the coming of the fall is discernible only by the yellowing leaves. If in central Sochi no one notices autumn until early December, the many-colored landscapes of Krasnaya Polyana are telltale signs of the shifting seasons.
6. Siberia’s taiga forest in the fall is a breathtaking sight.
7. Kamchatka peninsula is a place where the fall creates unforgettable landscapes.
8. Take a look at the stunning Lake Baikal at this time of year.
9. Karelia, a Russian republic bordering Finland, is painted in bright red hues.
10. Down south in Crimea, the fall filters through gradually, adding only delicate strokes to the usual summer landscapes.
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