19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
local residents

The photo shows and reflects life in Kabardino-Balkaria, in small and distant villages. Animals are a very important part of life for them. This is their food, food, and so on. They treat them like their family. Pets are very revered and respected, as there are 2-3 shops for the whole village. And it's very common to walk along low-rise buildings and see donkeys grazing in the parking lot, or walk along garages and notice a cow standing nearby. Contrasts.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 08.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Elbrus, Russia
Camera: ILCE-6300
Copyright: © Julia Kaydala