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Photographs by Hendrik Zeitler

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© 2001
Hendrik Zeitler

Orenburgsky Zapovednik preserves islands of steppe that had nearly vanished by the end of the 18th century.


© 2001
Hendrik Zeitler

Pale blue forget-me-nots (Veronica spp.) bloom in May in the Orenburgsky Zapovednik.


© 2001
Hendrik Zeitler

In spring, fields of hedysarum (Hedysarum spp.) paint the steppes yellow as far as the eye can see.


© 2001
Hendrik Zeitler

The lazy bends of the Ural River form the northern border of the Aituarskaya Steppe in Orenburgsky Zapovednik.


© 2001
Hendrik Zeitler

The Russian almond (Cerasus fruticosa) grows widely on the steppes of the Orenburgsky Zapovednik.


© 2001
Hendrik Zeitler

One of the first flowers to bloom on the steppes in early spring, the purple pasqueflower (Pulsatilla patens) changes from brilliant blue to dry husks by mid-May.


© 2001
Hendrik Zeitler

Two steppe marmots, or bobaks (Marmota bobak) stand keenly alert just outside their burrow.




© 2001
Hendrik Zeitler

The stars trace a circular pattern through the night sky above the Orenburgsky Zapovednik.

 


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