russia – images from one of my favorite photographers, Sergei Gapon

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Kolyada celebration 110 km outside of Minsk.

 

SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images

Men line up to take an icy dip on Epiphany.

 

Elderly woman takes part in Eastern Orthodox service.

Paint the World

Paint the world with color,

against a pale, frail sky.

Blackened ruby, amber gold,

with silver trunks of brown-tipped lye.

Paint the fading grasses

in greens and rust and yellow,

then wash the colors ‘til they’re

rendered softly, warmly mellow.

Paint the world

Calm the heart, the mind and spirit with a fall drive.

Soft and Muted Grasses