#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. November in Norilsk is the month preceding the polar night. At this time, in clear weather, the sky around Norilsk is lit up with wonderful sunsets, which can bestow the status of the greatest photographer on any passer-by.
At the same time, the sun is practically not visible, except somewhere in the Talnah district at a high point.
In Norilsk itself, because of the mountains clustered around, only scarlet, orange or pink reflections are visible. Now the luminary goes behind the mountains every day so rapidly that even professional photographers do not always manage to “catch up” with it.
It is unlikely that many travelers from Big Norilsk have time to revel in the beauties of our region, but stories about the approaching polar night can unbalance any novice with good imagination. Among the Norilsk people there are even those who like to deliberately strike fear into inexperienced and gullible guests with the details of winter in pitch darkness and other charms of the Arctic.
In fact, everything is not as scary as it seems – most of us perfectly endure a month and a half of the sun absence and even find some charm and reason for pride in this.
Now it is a transitional period: sunrises quickly turn into sunsets. At this time, local industrial artists greatly appreciate the purely Norilsk nature – the smoke from factory chimneys illuminated and colored by the setting sun.
Already in late January – early February, the Norilsk people will meet the first sun. And there are two weeks left before the calendar start of the polar night.
Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, photo: Nikolay Shchipko