Monday, March 14, 2011

A Beret in Nikolski Bay

The village of Nikolski is a small, traditional Unangan community located on Nikolski Bay on the southwest end of Umnak Island. Nikolski is approximately 116 miles west of Unalaska and 900 miles southwest of Anchorage. Umnak Island consists of two volcanic peaks and old lava flows and ash falls. The topography where the community is located is a gently rolling plain with elevations reaching 500 feet north of the village. Vegetation in the vicinity of the village is primarily Arctic/alpine tundra and grasses that are typical of the Aleutian Islands Chain.
Nikolski, at Nikolski Bay
Why all this information? I had this picture (below) sent to me by a German reader (thanks, Peter) and apart from the accompanying text, I had no clue what it is about, but I certainly like the photograph.

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