Notes of a Nature Photographer

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Автор:Anatoly Rogozhkin
Издателство:Радуга
Страници:174
Корици:Твърди
Година:1988
Броя:1
ISBN: Тегло (гр.): Формат: 170 / 220 Състояние: Мн. Добро
Notes of a Nature Photographer. Anatoly Rogozhkin

The Author's Foreword
This book is the result of a journey which lasted many years. If I were to mark all my trips on the map of the USSR, they would cover the entire territory of the Soviet Union, from the Baltic to the Pacific and from the White to the Black seas. I have been in the tundra, taiga forests, mountains, steppes and deserts.

Russia is a vast and rich country. As a journalist and a biologist, I have been interested mainly in nature in all its variety, and in that complex aspect of modern life called ecology.

My travel notebook and rolls of film have captured hundreds of impressions. The most vivid of them were at dawn when the sun rises in a crimson glare, and in the evening, when it recedes beyond the horizon.

Naturalists know that nature comes to life at the beginning and the end of the day. These are the best times to observe wild animals: in these precious hours nature gives wonderful gifts to a photographer.

Nature is our common home. So we must know it well — in order to love

it better, to protect it and to augment its riches.

The more concern people on Earth show for protecting and improving our home, the happier and more satisfying our life will be in it.

I have been fortunate enough to meet such people and to see the results of their efforts. I will tell of them also in this book. People of different professions — a scholar, a flower-grower, an animal-trainer, a writer, a photographer — they all have one feature in common: they are true nature-lovers, both in theory and practice, fighting for the well-being of our planet.

Nature is not always kind to man. It can be harsh, even cruel. People have

always dreamed of living in concord with nature. But it is not an easy dream to bring true. Much depends on man, his will, common sense and work.

I have seen quite a few wonderful examples of nature being enriched and given back its squandered wealth. The measures to achieve this taken in the Soviet Union included the setting up of wild nature preserves — initiated in the early years of

Soviet power by decrees signed by Lenin, a ban on all hunting of rare animals to save

them from complete extinction, and the acclimatisation of new species of fur animals.

Nature conservation is the duty of all citizens of our country, as is laid down in the constitution of the USSR. Soviet children are taught to fulfill this duty from an early age. For more than half a century there have been functioning in the Soviet Union associations for young naturalists aged between 11-17.

Vulnerable living nature is not only thousands of miles away: it is right beside us. That’s why I have included in my book notes on domestic animals.

The photographs which accompany the text will show the readers the main hero of this book — the living nature of the Soviet Union.

Everyone may have his own encounters with wild nature. I wish you many! Good luck on your journey into the fascinating world of Nature!

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