Railway and library

View to National Library backside from one of Torņakalns bridges, today.

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Gaujas iela

Autumn alley of linden trees in Čiekurkalns. Despite of impression, it's not as peaceful and romantic walking place as it looks, because next of it is major traffic infrastructure with endless flow of transport.

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View from Doles island

This time a different, interesting place in Riga (technically even outside it's borders) from where I haven't published any photo yet. It's a Dole island which is located on Daugava river, in southern part of the city, between it's right and left banks. Dole island is not isolated, it's reachable by land transport (connected to Riga ringroad A5) but at the same time it's a oasis of nature and peace, with a built-up of private houses, resembling a rural village. This is a view towards right bank of Daugava, and the lights are coming from Riga HES (hydroelectric power plant).

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Brīvības iela 23 - Rīgas Kristus Piedzimšanas pareizticīgo katedrāle

I have posted this, one of the nicest churches in Riga before, but I think it's definitely worth at least a second look - in an autumn gear. The church has now also a two gold-plated cupolas which you can not see in this photo from 2008. The neo-byzantine style Orthodox church was once the most expensive building in Riga. It luckily survived both World Wars but Soviet power closed and partially demolished it (sawn down the crucifixes, re-melted the bells and converted it into a planetarium). Reconstruction of the building has been on-going since the end of 90ies.

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Autumn sun on Riga firewalls

Most architects doesn't regard firewalls as having aesthetic quality, and they hope the empty places in Riga centre (most of them created by the World War 2) will be filled with new buildings soon. But to me firewalls are one of Riga's essential characteristics, they just gives the city it's distinctive look and charm. Especially when they look like in this photo - illuminated by the evening sun - which I took last Friday, when there was wonderful autumn day in Riga.

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Out-Of-Riga Sunday: Crystal frost in rural fields

Who said there's no beauty in grey days? There is, especially when autumn colors and crystal frost comes in! These are views from Saturday over Zemgale countryside fields. Temperatures had fell below zero through night and thus created these scenes. The leafs started to fell even without the help of any wind, as you see in second photo.

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Stabu iela 87 (Avotu street side)

Avotu street view somehow reminds me of Rome - partly because of clear sunny blue skies in this photo and partly because of neglected buildings and similar facade colors here.

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This daily photo blog offers you Riga - a city in Northern Europe, the capital of Latvia. There are people who call Riga one of the most beautiful cities they have seen, and there are others who think completely opposite. And both of them is right - Riga is The Beauty and The Beast in one, a city with 1000 faces. Are you ready to meet it's Soul?

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I'm urban and rural landscape enthusiastic photographer from Riga, Latvia. Photographing has become like addiction to me and when there are good weather outside, I take my camera and bicycle and go to picture hunting. ------------------------------------ The use of any photos from this page without my permission is PROHIBITED. If you are interested to use my photos for commercial or other purpose, please contact me by the e-mail: ikars.kublins@photoriga.com.


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