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Photographer's Note

However it may seem strange but on 24.08.2007 my life. changed. That day I joined TE. In a short time, I have become addicted to it and still I am. I am traveller and not a photographer so I do not care for the perfect pictures, I rather look for the inspirations for travels and I want to share my experience. But what makes TE such a wonderful place is that we become friends. Unfortunately, for various reasons many people left the site and the friendships are gone. It makes me sad. rnI have met quite a lot of people during TE Meetings. In 2014 I had a crazy idea to meet Jason and Serghei. Jason came from Arizona to visit Serghei in Krasnokamsk in the Ural. What a fantastic time we had together! We had so much fun! After a few days in the Ural, I went by Transsibirian train (3600 km) to Irkutsk and then to Baikal lake. I have dreamt about it for many years and without TE I wouldn't fulfil this dream.

here the view of the famous Shamanka Rock on Olkhon Island.

One of the most mysterious and popular places on Lake Baikal is Shamanka Rock (also known as Cape Burkhan and Cape Shaman) on Olkhon Island near the village of Khuzhir. Shamanka ends with a bimodal rock, called 俟haman-Skala (Shaman-Rock). The cape is located within the Baikal National Park, and it holds the status of a state natural and historical monument.

Shaman-Rock is the most famous symbol of the lake; all photo collections of this natural phenomenon include this rock. The cape consists of crystalline limestone with quartz veins, and the adjacent shore granite rock. The rock is covered with bright red lichen. Near the coast, the rock is 30 meters high, its furthest part 42 meters high. In ancient times, the cape was a place for religious sacrifices to the spiritual master of Olkhon Island, Ugute Noyon, who was believed to live in the cave at the cape and was the most formidable and revered deity of the lake. Near the cape, in a sacred grove, shamans were burned and buried. There was also a Buddhist chapel on Shaman Rock. Passing travellers would always dismount their horses and lead them by the bridle to silence the sound of hooves, not to wake the sleeping spirits or distract shamans.

In the large format:

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Another view:

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Closer view of the rock:

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