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Braslav lakes: chasing the thunderclouds

Author: S. Plytkevich
Photo: by author

18.05.2021

While being in the Braslav region weather has slightly improved only by the lunch time. I’m planning a route, choosing lakes that I haven't photographed yet, and starting the trip.

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It's spring, and the bird cherry and dandelions are in bloom, but I'm looking for panoramic shots.

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Lake Buzhe has a very beautiful coastline and many islands.

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There are islands on the nearby Lake Savonar. However, the pictures are not as expressive with even sunlight, as I would like them to be. Therefore, as soon as I notice thunderclouds in the east, I move towards them.

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A small bay in the recreation gardening cooperative Strusto. There is a game of water and clouds; the frame turns out to be more interesting.

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Chaychin Island looks even better in this entourage. But a strong wind is blowing, the clouds are rapidly approaching, and half of the island is in shadow. I have to land the quadrocopter and drive a couple of kilometers away – to that part of Strusto Lake where the sun is still shining.

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There are brightly lit boats at the shore, but some grandmother and her child are playing near them.

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Asking them to move away would sound impolite, while there is no time to persuade them to pose either.

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Thus, I just have to frame the photo more rigidly.

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A minute later the boats are in the shade. But the cloud turned back near Chaychin, and the island started to shine in the sun again.

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I return to Strusto village and lift my drone up to the air.

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It results is really emotional shots: somewhere far away it is raining, which makes the water in the lake mergeing with the sky, while a light cloud is making an additional artistic element.

The wind changes, the clouds begin to shift to the north, and I follow them.

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The road to the Mayak mountain (“Lighthouse mountain”) and a rainbow. At first, I drove closer, but it was impossible to shoot there: it was still raining. I had to return and to take the drone off from more or less safe territory.

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Mount Mayak is one of the most popular places in the Braslav region. Unfortunately, I couldn't take a picture of the observation tower – it was still raining there, and the batteries were already dead.

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A blooming pear tree on the high shore of Snudy Lake near the village of Krasnogorka.

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I drove around the lake to take a picture of the storm clouds against the sunset, while the battery was being charged. Suddenly I notice two moose.

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They feed quietly at the fringe of the forest. Of course, in another situation, I would stay waiting for some interesting frame with animals, but now there is no time – we need to chase the departing sun.

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I approach the moose openly and take a couple of shots.

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The sunset was really impressive, but it was very, very difficult to photograph it due to the large raindrops. When the rain paused, I was taking the drone off; when it was starting again, I had to wait. So I failed to make “the perfect picture”, showing the sun at the very edge of the horizon already, and the clouds being stained red … 

Translated by M. Shaturin


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