December 19, 2021

Spirit of Altai



Spirit of Altai

This is our Video of the Week. Gorgeous drone footage from across Altai, from filmmaker Vadim Sherbakov.

This is, Sherbakov says, "a short drone film that immerses you in the beauty of the region, showcasing spectacular nature that seems almost prehistoric and untouched.

"From the opening landscapes of full-bloomed autumn to first snow, from emerald green rivers to views above clouds, - this two minute film takes you on an atmospheric journey across gorgeous nature of Altai."

Enjoy this armchair travel trip and if you like it, click the Youtube link and give Vadim a thumbs up!

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