Russia Photo Gallery

Sailing along Russia's eastern peninsula, an American discovers a lost world where shamans still rule village life and people live off the land.

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A land of ghost towns and shamans, high volcanos and untouched landscapes, Kamchatka had intrigued world-cruisers Rob Johnson for decades before he sailed there.Onne van der Wal

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Onne van der Wal

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The author, left, and crew Erik Soper explore a Vestovaya shipwreck.Onne van der Wal

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On picnics ashore, we kept an eye out for grizzlies.Onne van der Wal

In Vyvenka our Koryak friend Lydia takes the helm.

In Vyvenka our Koryak friend Lydia takes the helm.Onne van der Wal

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The author, at the prow, heading up the Zhupanova River to a nature preserve known for its steller's sea eagles and aggressive bears.Onne van der Wal

Photographer Onne Van der Wal in the landscape.

Photographer Onne Van der Wal in the landscape.Onne van der Wal

Me with the local people.

Me with the local people.Onne van der Wal

Erik Soper casting for Salmon.

Erik Soper casting for Salmon.Onne van der Wal

Designed for short-handed cruising, /Shaman's/ main and jib can be furled by one person.

Designed for short-handed cruising, Shaman's main and jib can be furled by one person.Onne van der Wal

Four generations of Koryak joined us on /Shaman/, ranging from the Shaman Moolynaut, in her late 90s, to her great-grandaughter.

Four generations of Koryak joined us on Shaman, ranging from the Shaman Moolynaut, in her late 90s, to her great-grandaughter.Onne van der Wal

The landscape here was stunning and streams provided salmon dinners for us and for the bears.

The landscape here was stunning and streams provided salmon dinners for us and for the bears.Onne van der Wal

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Onne van der Wal

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