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The Beauty of Belgorod In Autumn

After Apple Picking
by Robert Frost
My long two-pointed ladder's sticking through a tree
Toward heaven still.
And there's a barrel that I didn't fill
Beside it, and there may be two or three
Apples I didn't pick upon some bough.
But I am done with apple-picking now.
Essence of winter sleep is on the night,
The scent of apples; I am drowsing off.
I cannot shake the shimmer from my sight
I got from looking through a pane of glass
I skimmed this morning from the water-trough,
And held against the world of hoary grass.
It melted, and I let it fall and break.

But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and reappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
And I keep hearing from the cellar-bin
That rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.

For I have had too much
Of apple-picking; I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, lift down, and not let fall,

For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised, or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.

One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it's like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human Sleep.

Cossack Culture Festival In Belgorod 

The Cossack Culture Festival this past Sunday on 13th of July took place at Victory Park, which is located in the center of Belgorod.  There were over a hundred artists in Cossack costumes that came together from Belgorod and Voronezh regions to played folk music and dance. Also the Novooskolskiy military history club “defense line” demonstrated their skills of mastering the use of ancient weapons.



Tikhaya Rossiya – Peaceful Russia


Vladimir Leonidovich Shekalov’s current photo exhibition is titled “Tikhaya Rossiya – Peaceful Russia”.  His photographs are currently being displayed at the Belgorod Photography Art Gallery, which goes by the name of VA Sobrovina.

Vladimir has worked in many genres of photography, but his favorite is landscapes. He has participated in many different personal and joint exhibitions in Moscow, Belgorod, Nahodka, Vladivostok and Vyborg. He is retired now and spends most of his time to his devoted hobby of photography. 
Vladimir is a member of a Union of Journalists of Russia. Over the years he has worked for several different newspapers and magazines in Russia.

Vladimir Schekalov was born on July 18, 1949 in Leningrad, Saint Petersburg. He spent his childhood and youth years in the city of Vyborg, located in the Leningrad region. In 1966 he moved to Belgorod. He has lived and worked in Norilsk, Baku, Nahodka, and Vladivostok.

Vladimir started to take photos at the age of 10 when his father presented him with a Zorky camera for his birthday.  Ever since that moment he has been interested in photography.

In December of 1965 Vladimir’s family moved to Belgorod where he graduated from school number 16.  Then Vladimir served in the Soviet Army in the city of Baku (Azerbayan) as a military photographer from 1968 to 1970.  After the military Vladimir worked as an installer for 2 years in the city of Norilsk.
In 1973 Vladimir became a photo correspondent for a Belgorod newspaper “Leninskaya Smena”.  1n 1977 Vladimir attended the Voronezh State University and studied photojournalism.  In 1985 – 1997 Vladimir lived and worked in the Far East, Primorye.  He worked for various newspapers; such as the “Red Flame’, Nahodka’s Prospect”, and the “Nahodka’s Worker”.  Upon returning to Belgorod Vladimir worked as a special correspondent for “Dobrostroy” a regional newspaper.  The first issue of this newspaper was on the 11th of July 1997 and by the end of the year this newspaper was renamed as the “Belgorod News”.  Vladimir worked for this newspaper up until 2009.

From 2011-2013 Vladimir was a photographer of the Belgorod Photo Gallery by V.A. Sobrovin.  Now he is retired and enjoys being around his family and friends.  He still likes to travel around photographing landscapes and people.
Personal Exhibitions

July 1993.  The city of Nahodka titled “Black and White Life”.
March 2005.  “In City of Vyborg Leningrad Region”.
July 2007. “Searching For The Beauty”, devoted to Vladimir’s 60th birthday.
May 2010.  “Monochrome”.  Photography exhibition of photographers Roman Nikulin, Alexei Pleshkov, Pavel Titovich and Vladimir Schekalov, who make up “The Art Union Four”.

December 2012.  “The North West From Ladoga to the Gulf of Finland”. 

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