When the phrase "Ukrainian steppe" conjure up endless green and gold feather-covered expanses, which are filled with millions of different colors, herds of ungulates, and the air is filled with a thousand different bird echoes. Round, low hills separated by ravines overgrown diverge broad waves, scattered small islands shady grove between the villages stretch narrow track.
In Europe, these places are almost gone, and in the Ukraine steppe "oases" severely affected by land development: today, plowed and is built 95% of the territory. But, fortunately, survived almost untouched areas. Basically, it is the so-called "awkward" (areas that are not occupied by forest, but in fact unsuitable for agriculture) and nature conservation areas. Therefore, the concept of "wild steppe" in Ukraine and, in particular, in the Sea of Azov is still actually exists.
Steppe is good for all seasons! In the spring of the air in the desert trembles buzzing beetles, filled with melodic whistle woken up after hibernation ground squirrels vygrevayuschihsya in the sun, and in the fathomless sky larks singing sounds fascinating. In May, the steppe green and fragrant as ever: covered tulips, irises and a variety of bright and colorful primroses, generously sprinkled through the bright green carpet of germinating cereals. By the end of May - entirely worried panicles Stipa, fescue and feathery grasses.
Summer is hot, dry weather. Steppe vegetation dries quickly by the middle of summer. Because trees in the desert are rare, the shadows a little and goes all day in the hot sun - the temperature sometimes reaches 38 ° C and above. At the height of the summer breeze is a real salvation for the traveler. In July, when male beetles seek out females in the dusk you can see and hear the whole cluster of insects. Beetles "look out" elevation on flat terrain and turn them into points, "gathering." And because of the hills and trees in the wilderness small, and the lone traveler can serve as a reference point. In this case, the beetles can use his head as a landing pad.
By the end of the summer finally gets dry steppe red shade, vegetation cover completely burn out. The warm and wet autumn virgin carpet is often enlivened by green shoots again, but with winter approaching, leaving the steppe like all living things - it becomes dull and lifeless wasteland. You can visit the steppe and in the winter, but we must be prepared for the fact that it is quite long and cold. The feeling is reinforced by the cold due to strong gusts of wind, which, thanks to the vast expanses, there is a place to roam.
Twice a year - in May and August-September - feather grass steppe turns into the sea. It is extremely beautiful and perfect plant is truly considered one of the symbols of the steppe. Like islands in a vast ocean of green spread out his white oases. And how wonderful feather in high winds! Humbly bowed his head, he bends under his indomitable gusts in the green, pristine wilderness. Wave after wave rolls on feather grass fields, increasingly filling the limitless, boundless steppe unprecedented krasoyu.