Neoxian city photo challenge - week 12 : Hikkisaari lighthouse at Ladoga skerries

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my entry to the @neoxian-city photo challenge, week #12 prompt is: lighthouse!

so, the Pisan leaning lighthouse of Hikkisaari


I happened to visit the little island of Hikkisaari at Ladoga skerries twice -- this capture dates back to 2015 (it was the 1st time), and I have a little funny story to tell about it.
На маленьком острове Хиккисаари в ладожских шхерах мне случилось побывать дважды, и с первым визитом у меня связана смешная история, которой я хочу с вами поделиться. Фото сделаны тогда же, в 2015 году.


На самом деле он никуда не падает - просто отсутствие в кадре видимой диктующей линии (горизонта) помогло создать такое впечатление: прихотливая округлая линия скалы не дает понять, где на самом деле горизонт и горизонталь, я не удержался чтобы не обыграть это на паре снимков.
Well, actually it is not leaning, and it dont look so -- just in my pics, not in reality. (I joked about Pisa). This lack of a dictating horizon line in the frame helped to create such an impression, the whimsical rounded line of the cliff does not make it clear where the horizontal and the horizon really are.


On this one you can clearly seen the lighthouse and horizon are well perpendicular.


Итак, история. Во время моего ежегодного путешествия по ладожским шхерам, мы высадились на этом острове посмотреть на маяк. Остров небольшой, но линия берега извилистая, пройти до маяка по прямой линии нельзя.
So, the story. During my annual weekly travel to the Ladoga skerries, we landed on this island - to examine it at a hand distance, not thru the spyglass. The island is very small, but the coastal line is winding, it is impossible to go to the lighthouse straight.



Мы на месте. В голове у всех появилась мысль: а не войти ли нам внутрь? Ни разу не бывал внутри настоящего маяка... Романтика!
We are there; suddenly, everyone's flamed with idea: shouldnt we try and slip inside? I never seen how it look like inside a real lighthouse.


Мы обнаружили, что можно пролезть внутрь через окно, и начали проникновение.
We discovered it is possible to penetrate inside through a window, and everyone began to climb.

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Входная дверь разумеется была закрыта надежным замком (обратите внимание на левую нижнюю картинку). Тут вам не Швеция, мы ведь в России, это страна запретов! А теперь самое смешное.
Of course, the entrance door was sealed with a solid lock... after all we are not in Sweden, it is Russia! Note this good heavy padlock in the left corner pic... And now, the funny part!


Восьмой или десятый человек стоящий в очереди, устал ждать и облокотился на дверь. И тут выяснилось, что замок висит просто так и дверь не заперта!!!! Конечно, все остальные вошли через дверь. Мы смеялись как ненормальные. Разумеется, я пропустил вперед женщин и детей (а также документировал этот перфоманс!) то я был лишен острых ощущений "проникнуть нелегально через окно". Зато сохранил эту замечательную историю в своей памяти... Кстати, многие вещи в России обстоят именно так: запрещено всё! но если очень хочется, то ты просто делаешь это (и оказываешься виноватым, тут и там... так исторически сложилось в нашей стране).
The tenth or so person standing in line was tired of waiting, and leaned on the door. And... then it turned out that the lock was simply hanging there, not locking the door or anything but itself !!!! Of course, the rest of us entered in through the door. We laughed at this like crazy. Of course, as I was letting women and children go ahead (and also shooting this performance), I was deprived of this thrill "to enter it illegally thru the window". But I kept this wonderful story in my memory... By the way, many things in Russia are exactly like this: everything is forbidden, but if you really want to, then you just do it (and find yourself guilty, here and there ... everywhere... this is a long historical tradition in my country).




I would say 20-30% of the island is visible within this frame below.


It was pretty cool inside: a lot of emptiness, a lot of peeled-off paint, good views at our ship at the parking lot .... Unfortunately, I was equipped with a 50 mm lens only, so could not capture that packed room in other way.



Эта темно-красная краска - еще одна традиция советского государства. Все что нужно и не нужно, в советскую эпоху красили краской именно такого оттенка. Поэтому... я не могу гарантировать, но мне кажется вполне возможным, что эта покраска может быть помнит Горбачева или Брежнева.
This dark red paint is another tradition of the Soviet state. All the stuff that should and should not, have been being painted in this particular shade in the Soviet epoch... the colour of official bureaucracy. So... I can not guarantee, but it seems quite possible this painting can remember the time of Gorbachev or Brezhnev.


This aint an artificial Christmas tree -- its the giant light bulb of the lighthouse within my hand's distance. And a billion of dead moths and flyes all around.


this picture and two more below, are the shots of my teammates.



На острове сохранились остатки фундамента деревянного дома - когда-то здесь жил смотритель маяка. Теперь конечно здесь никого нет, только несколько раз в год приезжает инспекция и меняет аккумуляторы.
We found the remains of a wooden house' foundation - once there used to live here a lighthouse keeper. Now, of course, nobody is here, only a few times a year an inspection comes to change the batteries.



Заяц! Впервые в жизни я увидел настоящего зайца и так близко... и даже немного погонялся за ним по острову. (На самом деле, мы все за ним гонялись... разумеется, с камерами). Самое удивительное для меня в этой истории: откуда он там взялся? Остров-то очень маленький, 500 метров по короткой стороне. На самом деле, никакой мистики: скорее всего зайца принесло сюда весной на льдине, а "когда зимний мост" исчез, он остался отрезанным на острове. И вот еще что: его можно заметить только если он испугается и бросится от тебя убегать. Когда он сидит на попе ровно - он невидим, его маскировка превосходна!
Hare! For the first time in my life, I saw a real hare and so close ... and even chased it a little around the island. (In fact, we all chased it ... of course, with cameras). The most amazing thing for me in this story is: where did it come from? The island is very small, 500 meters on the short side. In fact, no mystery: most likely the hare was brought here in the spring on an ice floe, and when "the winter bridge" disappeared, it remained cut off on the island. And here's another thing: you can notice it only if the hare gets scared and rushes to run away from you, when it sits quietly - its invisible, the disguise is excellent!


Вот так выглядит чаячье гнездо и яйца. Мы нашли их в середине июля -- когда сезон уже давно остался позади, в это время птенцы чаек уже активно растут. Ко каким-то причинам (возможно, смерть родителей) эти яйца оказались брошены. В противном случае, из них вылупились бы дети и я не увидел бы их нетронутыми. Бывает, что любопытные туристы тянут к ним свои глупые грязные руки, после такого события чайки-родители могут не вернуться обратно к гнезду. Вот почему острова, где чайки преимущественно гнездятся, с мая по июнь считаются запретной зоной для посещения туристами.
This is how a seagull looks like a nest and eggs. We found them in mid-July - when the season has long been left behind, at this time the chicks of gulls are already actively growing. For some reason (possibly the death of the parents), these eggs were thrown. Otherwise, children would have hatched from them and I would not have seen them intact. It happens that curious tourists pull their silly dirty hands towards them, after such an event, the seagulls-parents may not return back to the nest. That is why the islands where the seagulls predominantly nest, from May to June are considered a restricted area for tourists to visit.


Dont ever act same as this boy! / Ни в коем случае не делайте так, как этот мальчик!


We are leaving the island... good bye, and next time, and thanks for the visit.

images taken with Canon 350D +50mm 1.4
location: Ladoga skerries, Karelia, Russia
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Very old lighthouse and dangerous place
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Slipping in, also the door was open, hehe .. chasing rabbits .. and seagull eggs ? that's a nice series of picture and for sure was an amazing trip ^^ .. but my favorite is this red cracked bar you show .. I do not know why exactly, but its a beautiful capture ;) .. I wish you the best these days and hope you are alright !

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And the entry by the window episode is a funny one and will keep you great memories for sure !
There could maybe be some signs to educate people about the vegetation and fauna...around our lake we do have signs that inform ducks and swans DO NOT eat's a bit long to enter the brains of tourists, and not everybody read the signs of course...maybe it would be more efficient if it was twitted or in a television ad 😃

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Don't leave us hanging....what was it like inside?

Deirdy, I had to release it yesterday - so, a bit prematured. I still working on it : you may check the pic I added (in the middle) but the rest of the story is in progress - check it in the same post... later. thanks for your (im)patience! :P

Hahaha, I'm impatient indeed. I had it all translated with Google Translate before you added the English!

I had it all translated ... before you added the English!

no, you have checked just the 60% of the story I added. now done with it 100%. have you checked the pics where we penetrate the door, and the light bulb and peeled paint inside?..

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