69 thoughts on “Multicolor blossoming

    1. vovazinger Post author

      Thank you so much, Irene. The colors were so beautiful and delicate that I thought there were more than enough for one photo. Adding something else will only worsen the tis scenery.

    1. vovazinger Post author

      Thanks a lot, Dolly. I deliberately discolored the sky a little because I didn’t want a bright spot in this photo.

      1. vovazinger Post author

        I don’t think I do documentary photography. I want to show what I see. If I am wrong, I am guilty, but I still believe that this is my right.

      2. vovazinger Post author

        I can’t imagine how difficult it was not to show or say what you want. I was not in your situation, but I am very familiar with the time there.

      3. koolkosherkitchen

        We had to master the art of using Aesop’s language, and still, every word had to go through censorship. I will never forget how I was assigned to do a major piece on our heroic catacomb fighters, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the victory (in 1975 I was already ‘v otkaze’ but still free-lanced). I found and interviewed about a dozen of people who were still alive, but my story returned from the censors severely cut. It was explained to me later that “we still don’t know who was a hero and who was a traitor.” Writing about Jews was always risky as well, because I couldn’t know who had relatives abroad. I had a wonderful, very supportive editor, though.

      4. vovazinger Post author

        It was a very strange and difficult time. But I think that you were lucky enough to live in Odessa, because in my memory about visiting this city it was some kind of city of freedom of spirit and independence.

      5. koolkosherkitchen

        First, I apologize for delay in responding, Vova. Technology decided to go on a major strike.
        Yes, Odessa has always enjoyed more freedom than other cosmopolitan cities, yet the first – and famous! – KVN team was called to the Department of Culture of Party OBKOM and told, “You are all Jews, and even your captain is Jewish (that was Valera Khait, the first captain). You must have a non-Jewish captain, or else we shut you down.” So Yura Makarov, a Jew whose passport read ‘Ukrainian,’ became a new captain. His nose clearly demonstrated who he was, but Russian / Ukrainian conflict had been brewing even in the 70’s, so they let it go, and we continued laughing.

      6. vovazinger Post author

        Yes, it was a very interesting time. I can’t say it was an easy time, just interesting. Because in order to achieve something, it was necessary to do something that is even impossible to imagine. But we did it very often. And these achievements brought some kind of happiness. About KVN. It seems that everyone has forgotten that this game was also invented by a Jew – Albert Akselrod.

      7. koolkosherkitchen

        We (“the old guard”) remember!
        And there is a Chinese curse: ‘May you live in interesting times.”
        But yes, it was arguably the most exciting period of my life.

      8. vovazinger Post author

        Unfortunately, the ranks of the “old guard” are not that large. And I think that very soon, unfortunately, KVN will be associated only with Maslyakov and with no one else. And no one will remember the joy of watching the team of Odessa gentlemen.

      9. koolkosherkitchen

        Ah! The kind and wise late Vitya Il’chenko, on his one and only visit here, having tea in the early hours of the morning in our kitchen, said, “You are not nostalgic for Odessa; you miss Odessa of your youth.” He was right.

      10. vovazinger Post author

        He said very simply, but I think this is true for everyone. We really miss youth and its not always smart, but always heartily actions.

    1. vovazinger Post author

      Many thanks. I really love the painting of the Impressionists, especially their landscape. I wanted to imitate their paintings, so I used soft focus for this.

    1. vovazinger Post author

      Thanks Susan. I think this is the closest I could find to the Washington Sakura bloom in Boston.


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