Temporary Riga photos are being published not in a regular manner due to blog author has moved to Vilnius.

Losing Grip


Falling pines at Kolka's coast is something normal and regular because of the Sea destroying Latvia's land.
This stop was made after Roja town and before Telescope in Ventspils

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Roja Sign


Roja, a small fisherman town in Kurzeme, has the entrance road sign very similar to the one, which is in Riga.
This photo was made right after photo of mole and before Kolka.

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Ragaciems Beach


Travelling around the world I understand that beaches in Latvia are ones of the most beautiful in the world.
White sand, blue skies and almost no annoying insects. Unfortunately they are like this only few months per year :(
This is the next photo after my stop in Jaunkemeri. The next is Kupla priede Tower.

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Baltā kāpa


Baltā kāpa (White Dune) is a natural sight, which is located on Lielupe river between Varnukrogs and Priedaine

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Latvian-Lithuanian Ad


You will never find any other advertisement in the world written in both Latvian and Lithuanian languages except this one, which is located 500 meters away from Latvian-Lithuanian border on Lithuania's side of Via Baltica road.
For a while I couldn't decide where to publish this photo on Riga blog or on Vilnius Photos blog.

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Meta-Tree


I saw this unique tree at the Zoo's coast of Kisezers lake this weekend.
Why meta-tree? because I don't know how to call a tree which is growing out from another tree :)

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Zirņu sala


Zirņu sala (Pea Island) is located in Salaspils county, next to Riga Hydroelectric Power Plant and Darzini area.
It is infamous construction site of a little town, which has started in late 2000s, but never been finished.
Today it is an uninhabited zone with illuminated streets and even some built houses just next to Riga's border.
Photo of ghost town was taken by guest photographer Viktores.

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Sunny Coast


Sunny Coast is the translation of the toponym Saulkrasti, a little resort town 35km (20mi) northeast from Riga.

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Lielupe Mouth


Lielupe is one the greatest rivers in Latvia.
It starts near Bauska, flows through Jelgava and then twists between Riga and Jurmala before flows into Riga Bay.

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Roja Beach


Beaches of Gulf of Riga may differ quite much.
For example, Roja beach has sharp stone bottom and Jurmala beach has very soft sandy beaches.

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Velnezers


Velnezers (Devil's Lake) is a small lake between apartment blocks in Jugla.
Lake is infamous for being very dangerous for swimming due its double (or even tripple) bottom.

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Kolka Coast


Cape Kolka is extreme geographical point of Latvia and one of Lativan nature monumenets.
It marks the border between Baltic Sea and Riga Gulf, unfortunately every year Cape Kolka is getting smaller and smaller because of being eaten by the Baltic Sea.

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Day of Latvia

Day of Latvia
November 18th is the National Day of Latvia. Today is 92 years since Latvia got independent first time.
During my absence in Latvia, the role of Riga photographer was taken by Mike.

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Fishing

Fishing
One of the popular places for fishing within Riga borders is Agenskalna licis.

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Spilve Field

Spilve Field
Spilve Field is being used not only as airfield, but also for agricultural production.
I am not sure how these haystacks are going to be used, because there is almost no farmers in Latvia.

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Recycling Containers

Recycling Containers
No one sorts waste in Latvia, hence public dumps look terrible and have a dreadful stench kilometers around.
I was quite surprised founding these 2 containers for waste recycling in a small village called Lapmezciems
In fact almost nobody use them, because the required public education program simply doesn't exist.

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Flooded Road


Heavy shower flooded Riga today; the storm torn branches off the trees, so many streets, roads became blocked.
Thankfully it was very short rain, hence the traffic was limited just for some hours.
The picture was taken this Sunday afternoon on the exit from Riga Airport.

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Saurieši Lake

Sauriesi Lake
Three lakes located in Saurieši are former quarry pits, which were used for the extraction of clay.
A Knauf factory, the the biggest consumer of extract, is also located next to this former clay pit.
In summer Sauriešu karjers (Saurieši Querry) is a famous resort because of very clean water. It is also favourite place of Latvian Scuba divers.

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Fake Sun

Fake sun
An optical effect called Sun Dog or Parhelion was taken on the road to the Airport. Sundog is rather commonly encountered atmospheric phenomenon, which creates two mock suns beside the real one.
In Riga 3 suns can be observed in the summer evenings, when the sun is going low and slowly above the horizon.
Today is Ligo, a national holiday of the Sun and devoted to the longest day and shortest night in the year.

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Cancelled Flights

Cancelled Flights
Thousands of flights are cancelled because of Volcanic ash over Nordic countries, including Latvia.
More than 20,000 passengers get stuck in Riga airport, which is closed for all flights since yesterday evening.
Vulcan hazard experts say that ash clouds may block all flights for few weeks and will continue to affect some flights for at least several months.
Although airport officials say that air traffic will be resumed tomorrow morning, on 17th of April.
UPDATED on 17th of April afternoon: All flights are still cancelled (see date on picture)

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