Belarus has no mountains or sea – but it can strike a visitor with the views one would never expect to see.
Pripyat, the third longest river flowing through Belarus, is one of such places.
It is a natural wonderland of Belarusian Polesie, home to numerous species of animals and birds lined up with amazing floodplain oak forests.
Some of the most incredible views can be observed in spring, when high water of Pripyat transforms surrounding landscapes, photographer Viktar Malyschits says.
The most recent biggest floods occurred in 2013 – this is when the picture below was taken.
By the way, Pripyat is not in the picture, it flows on the right!
While it may be hard to reach the banks of Pripyat when the water is high, late April and early May is also a good time to explore the river’s whereabouts.
The floodplain is still full of water but trees are already green, grass reaches to knees, and bird are signing joyfully.
But even so, it is quite possible that you won’t be able to approach the river closer than 2-3 kilometers in this period.
Locals say that in older days Pripyat flushed over 10 or even 20 kilometers.
A night in Polesie!
Nights are dark here.
Firstly because it is the south of the country – even on summer nights the sun descends rather deep over the horizon.
Secondly, there are no large cities and enterprises with millions of artificial lights. The sky here is impressively black and full of scattered stars.
In the morning, when the temperature is low, huge fogs puff up on the water.
With the first rays of the sun, it melts away in 20-30 minutes.
The original version of this article was published by TUT.BY.
Photos by Viktar Malyschits.