The Valley of the Geysers  Buy now

Novaya Kniga, Kamchatka, 2009
Photographs and text by Igor Shpilenok
Russian and English

The Valley of the Geysers, in Kamchatka’s Kronotsky Nature Reserve, is one of Russia’s renowned natural attractions.  Its numerous geysers, hotsprings, mud pots, thermal lakes, and fumeroles – all concentrated a narrow canyon – make it one of a kind.  Through his photographs and engaging account, Igor tells of his life and work in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve, encounters with bears, and the dramatic natural events he witnessed in the Valley of the Geysers. 

Kamchatka: Wilderness at the Edge

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Sierra Madre, Mexico City, 2008
Photographs by Igor Shpilenok and Patricio Robles Gil
Translated by Laura Williams

Igor's inspiring narrative on encounters with bears, Steller's sea-eagles, and life in wilds of Kamchatka is interspersed with spectacular photos of wildlife by Igor and Patricio.  A lovely little book with a nice hard-cover box, it makes a great gift.

The Storks’ Nest: Life and Love in the Russian Countryside

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A memoir by Laura Williams with photos by Igor Shpilenok.
Fulcrum Publishing, Colorado, 2008

Drawn to Russia to work on conserving its extensive wilderness, Laura shares the story of her life-changing move to the countryside, where she works on a remote nature reserve and falls in love with its director, Igor Shpilenok.