We took a break from the conference & sat by the river with this woman from Khakassia's Ministry of Culture, the organizers of the event. While we sat, she made this wreath following an ancient Slavic pagan tradition in honor of Ivan Kupala Day. According to Wikipedia, girls float wreaths of flowers on rivers in an attempt to gain foresight into their relationship fortunes from the flow patterns of the flowers on the river. Hers went in the river shortly after this shot.
Thanks for your comments on yesterday's shot of Salome. Based on my last two Dailies, I'd say character trumps beauty :)
I've got a busy day & a touch of dysentery, so will catch up this evening.
Lovely portrait of this beautiful Russian woman! It's wonderful how the Russians are still so connected to their ancient traditions, they are so meaningful even in our 'modern world'. Wish we had more of them here.
Thanks for your comments on Madi's dance photos - no she's not professional, she's only 12, almost 13. She loves her dance but has no desire to make it a career, although I think she could if she chose.