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Ukraine’s climate and weather is continental, but tempered by the Black Sea; winters and summers are rather temperate near the coast and harsher inland… The mean July temperatures are about 23°C (73°F) in the southwest and 19°C (66°F) in the northeast… (Ukraine: weather and seasons: when to travel)

This summer in Ukraine is anomalous, indeed. Weather Channel predicts up to 92°F (34°C) for the weekend. “For Russia expect a dry, very warm summer’s day and this extends across Belarus into Poland, the Ukraine into Germany” (Weather Online).

The hottest July was in 1931 with about 97°F (36°C) on July 16. It seems like a new weather record may be set. At least, a positive point is that it is higher than eighty-three degrees Fahrenheit.

Summer_Madness by tarielk on deviantART

Summer Madness by tarielk on deviantART

A White Bear (Odessa, Ukraine. July, 2009) by tarielk on deviantART

A White Bear (Odessa, Ukraine. July, 2009) by tarielk on deviantART

I think my place of residence obliges me to write a few words about local clothing optional beaches. So I’ve decided to explore how Kiev and its beaches are presented on the internet.

I’ve started from the Wikipedia article on Kiev:

Kiev is located on both sides of the Dnieper River, which flows south through the city towards the Black Sea
The city boasts of 16 developed beaches (totalling 140 hectares) and 35 near-water recreational areas (covering more than 1000 hectares). Many are used for pleasure and recreation… Kiev has a continental humid climate… The warmest months are June, July, and August, with mean temperatures of 13.8 to 24.8 °C (57 to 77 °F)…”

N.B. Currently, we have at least 28 °C / 82 °F during the day.

River Sandy Beach by t-maker aka vadimage | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

River Sandy Beach by Vadim aka t-maker | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

List of social nudity places in Europe for recreation and List of Clothing Optional Beaches (World Beach List) include both Kiev naturist beaches identifing them as being either an official or unofficial clothing optional beach with common nude use,

Image: By the water by t-maker aka vadimage | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

By the water by Vadim aka t-maker | Flickr – Photo Sharing!

Surfing the internet, one can easily find a map (see, for instance, Panoramio or Wikimapia) or even a detailed guide how to get to these beaches.

When you go down the stairs of Hidropark metro station, turn right, walk through the food stalls and over the bridge. As you cross the bridge, on your left-hand side you will see a beach in the distance running parallel to the bridge. That’s your destination. Head left after the bridge. When you hit sand, you’ll see bunch of rowboats that will ferry you across to the beach for 5 hyr (look for the crowd standing by the water’s edge). Once you’re on the other side, the beach gets nuder the further north you walk. There’s a way to access the beach by bridge from Podil but it’s a couple of kilometers and requires a bike. There’s also a nude beach north of Hidropark in Obolon where I hear the water is cleaner. (Thorn Tree travel forum)

Nude beach in Kiev

Nude beach in Kiev

Despite the variety of sand river beaches, including two almost official nudist beaches, Kiev can hardly be called a great place for nude sunbathing. Local newspapers mention “cigarette butts in dirty sand”, voyeurs, and even crowds of drunken idiots. Foreign visitors write about women of various sizes and ages and tragic-comical in the Slavic soul (TheTravelrag.com).

Links
1. Kiev – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
2. BBC Weather | Kiev
3. Thorn Tree travel forum
4. List of social nudity places in Europe – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
5. Clothing Optional (aka Nude or Naturist) Beaches
Beach Info – Dovbychka
Beach Info – Obolon
6. Dnieper River in Kiev – Wikimedia Commons
7. Panoramio – Photo of Nudist beach area
8. The nude beach Kiev – Wikimapia
9. The Travel Rag – Ukrainian rotisserie: a day at the (nude) beach
10. Где в Киеве плыть хорошо | СЕГОДНЯ | Киев (in Russian)
Нудисты открыли пляжный сезон | Интернет-журнал «Наш Киев» (in Russian)

The following image was taken (according to information provided) in a small village of Letki, not far from Kiev in 2007.

Despite the fact I can add anything about this particular image or the photographer, I’ve decided to blog it because 1) the image is nice, I think, and 2) it appeared hard to find nice and tasteful nudist photos, non-commercial and taken without any intrusion into personal life, from the region of my current residence.

Here it is: Summer camping in Ukraine.

Kiev. Summer-2007 by doctorlivesey on Flickr

Kiev. Summer-2007 by doctorlivesey on Flickr

I was searching for photos depicting Kiev, the place of my current residence. I wanted to find a gallery with a fresh view on the city distinct from tourist stereotype. Recently I came across the episa’s photostream on Flickr. Episa calls himself US Semi-Professional photographer currently living in Kiev, Ukraine. I’m not sure what he means by semi-professional, because I prefer to consider professionalism as a characteristic that relates only to commercial performance in a certain field. If someone constantly manages to earn money for a living in that field I would call him professional irrespective of my subjective appraisal about the quality of his work. And if someone’s activity brings in no profit it does not minimize his skills in the field. Anyway, episa’s photos are looking rather impressive themselves and show the current state of the city, since they were uploaded to Flickr only a few days ago.

This summer is unexpectedly hot. The weather temperature is high as in the hottest years on record and all the river beaches are crowded with locals.

White Sand beach along Dniepr River, Kiev

It looks like the photographer has managed to get even to one of city’s nudist beaches. He calls the image “Men’s Club” because there is no any woman in the frame.
White Sand beach along Dniepr River, Kiev

Unlike the photographer (maybe I’m mistaken, but he uses a tag “Gay”), I don’t think that all of these men are gays. Women are in minority on local nudist beaches.

These and other excellent images can be found in episa’s photostream on Flickr.

One of the most popular Ukrainian internet news resources has informed about some strange object in the sky. Yesterday in the evening many witnesses supposedly observed  an unusual cloud over Kiev, Ukraine. Today in the morning new photos of this extraordinary event appeared at the site. Worried people used all the power of their digital cameras to capture the object.

Cloud over Kiev

Cloud over Kiev

It is notable that a cloud of almost the same form can be found in Wikipedia in the article about cumulonimbus clouds.

Thunderstorm cloud - Cumulonimbus

Thunderstorm cloud - Cumulonimbus

This case shows, of course, how small is our knowledge about the usual events in nature and how easily we can be frighten or perturbed. And, in the case if the event was nothing but a Photoshop effect, how easily we can be manipulated. It is sad, but one cannot believe digital photos today.