I've seen pretty much every kind of landscape from sand deserts to tropical jungle, but these pastoral Russian plains hold a special place in my heart.
You can run, roll and lay down in these endless meadows, watching the clouds move leisurely in the silky blue skies. Time stops there and it is so easy to let go of everything that troubled your mind just moments ago.
These meadows are full of blooming flowers, gentle butterflies, harmless bees. There are no large predators or poisonous snakes, so these meadows are devoid of any danger. They are wild and tame at the same time. I could make a bed on the grass and sleep peacefully for hours. Nothing would bother me but a warm summer breeze and an occasional distant chatter of silly birds.
An occasional road seemingly goes from nowhere to nowhere...
... and when there are no roads, the tracks can go straight across the field.
These vast spaces belong to no one, but at the same time ... to everyone. There are no "trespassing" signs, no rules and no limits. Drive or walk as far as you like. Find some firewood and make a campfire. Collect aromatic herbs and berries to make a tea of tutsan, marjoram and mint. Feel the real freedom of the unspoiled and unclaimed nature.
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