Three days ago I was in Moscow on the burial of my first cousin. She was only 44. Massive stroke. After the burial I photographed the nearest lake around her former residence in Kraskovo, that is not far from Moscow.
There is one more lake over this one and one more to the right, which is smaller than the first two lakes.
There was nobody else except me near the lake when I photographed it, because of the dull and cloudy weather that evening. Usually there are lots of people swimming in the lake and tanning around its shores on sunny summertime days.
I swam there several times too, and I can say that the lake is rather dangerous. The water is very dark and dirty at a depth of one meter and below, though it is inconspicuous from the shore. So, if someone drowns, it’s hard to find and save drowning swimmers in the dark water.
Besides, there is a transmission line almost above the surface of the lake, you can see the pillars of the power line on the opposite shore. It is very unsafe to swim there.
We had a ride not far from Vyazma town in Smolensk region on June 20, 2009. That’s where these two photographs were made. On the first one you see a lake called Rusyatka, which is located about 7 miles from the town of Vyazma. The sun was already sinking and there were clouds in the sky when I photographed the lake.
Here are pines on the photograph below, these trees are wide-spread in Russian forests: