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Enchanting winter scenes from Russia’s largest island - Sakhalin

By The Siberian Times reporter
30 December 2017

Snow views captured by local photographer and adventurer Denis Sergeev.

The highest coniferous forest on Russia's largest island of Sakhalim. Picture: Denis Sergeev

These wonderful winter scenes are from the Enchanted Forest in the foothills of Pushkinskaya mountain, altitude 1,047 metres, the highest peak in southern Sakhalin, on Russia’s Pacific coastline.

As Denis said: ‘I didn't aim to reach the mountains, my target was the  so-called Enchanted Forest in the foothills of the mountain. 

'This is the highest coniferous forest in Sakhalin, with trees dressed in sparkling fluffy white coats every winter.  

'I had skis on, but to call this a ski-ing trip is a big exaggeration. 

‘The snow is not strong enough to hold you, and underneath there are bushes of cedar birch, so getting there is all about walking on skis, or snow-shoes. 

'The trip there took me about seven hours. 

'I don't use Photoshop, so colours of white and blue you see on my pictures vary in saturation only depending on the position of sun. 

Enchanting winter scenes from Russia’s largest island - Sakhalin


Enchanting winter scenes from Russia’s largest island - Sakhalin


Enchanting winter scenes from Russia’s largest island - Sakhalin
'I don't use Photoshop, so colours of white and blue you see on my pictures vary in saturation only depending on the position of sun'. Pictures here and below: Denis Sergeev


'You can see the puffy clouds on the Sea of Okhotsk down below as you make your way up', Denis said. 

'You are surrounded by marshmallow-looking trees, especially impressive against a backdrop of dark blue sky. 

'The air is amazing. 

‘We are lucky to have snowy and warm winters on the island.

‘When I was in the forest it was only minus 10C.

'Trees looks like stalactites and stalagmites, bending in all directions under weight of snow.' 

'This is not a mass tourism place, so whoever goes to visit the Enchanted Forest should rely on own strength and resilience.

'The area is also avalanche-prone.' 

Happy New New from Sakhalin!

See more of Denis's pictures  

Enchanting winter scenes from Russia’s largest island - Sakhalin


Enchanting winter scenes from Russia’s largest island - Sakhalin


Enchanting winter scenes from Russia’s largest island - Sakhalin


Enchanting winter scenes from Russia’s largest island - Sakhalin


Enchanting winter scenes from Russia’s largest island - Sakhalin


Enchanting winter scenes from Russia’s largest island - Sakhalin


Enchanting winter scenes from Russia’s largest island - Sakhalin

Comments (13)

Not "Black Beauty" but definitely "White Beauty"!
Jaker, Dundalk
14/02/2018 01:18
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I came on this site by accident. Love it. Great info on Archeology and life in Siberia. Thanks.
Walter , Kamloops Canada
14/01/2018 07:30
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Very nice pictures !!
Prevost, France
11/01/2018 02:53
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Amazing pictures ....
A P Mohanty, India
06/01/2018 11:33
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Fairy Tale Breathtaking indeed!
Pamela K Tetarenko, League City, USA
05/01/2018 18:02
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Benedikt : an ancient saying from France:
--> " Noël au balcon, Pâques au tison"
--> Christmas on balcony, Eastern with firebrand "
It is always use nowday.. Popular weather forecast..Wait and see !
Jocelyne, FRANCE
04/01/2018 19:22
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Beautiful...!!!
Hari, Germany
04/01/2018 18:15
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send some to us please!here we have green grass!!!!!!! but as the saying goes - green Christmas,white Easter-. so,lets see what it will be!
Benedikt MORAK, Moscow
04/01/2018 10:51
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Такие пейзажы бывают в сказках и у нас в России, а в Уссурийской тайге водятся тигры, это тоже кошки только очень большие. Они Владимир Владимировичу Путину очень нравятся, у него целая программа их спасения. А я, между прочим тоже тигр по гороскопу, а так просто доц.,к.т.н., у нас их не меряно и спасать их не нужно. А здесь о тиграх putin.kremlin.ru/interests#animals
А в Шерегеше у нас сейчас вообще красота. Внучка с родителями туда поехали на лыжах кататься.
Stanislav Kwon, Russia Kemerovo
02/01/2018 23:04
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Fantastic pictures from Ruaaia Far East!!!!
Pierclemente, Italy
01/01/2018 21:46
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wonderful show
vittorio, Italy
30/12/2017 23:47
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Amazing pictures from the Pacific !!!
Roger, Usa
30/12/2017 20:54
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Splendid....!!!!!
Osman Senkul, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri
30/12/2017 18:25
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