I thought I would go back to archives to spice things up a bit. We need the occasional shot of the outrageous to keep things in perspective.

Come with me as I take us back to our first day in St. Petersburg in the Russian Federation. Having just arrived the night before, our tour guide took mercy on our sorry jet-lagged butts and only scheduled one museum on the first day. That museum was the State Russian Museum, the largest depository of Russian fine art in St. Petersburg.

There was, as you would expect, lots of art. There wasn’t as much furniture as I might like. It is an art museum. What there was was fancy.

Looks good but would you want to dust it?

Looks good but would you want to dust it?

Much of what I photographed was decorative and folk art pieces. It was really unique stuff. Some of it is beresta, birch bark art. They can do things with birch bark that Brian Boggs has not imagined. And there is some art that will make a cat nervous.

Not for the faint of heart cat.

Not for the faint of heart cat.

Click here for the full set on Flickr.

Two or three more sets of pictures from Russia in the archives. When things get slow or too ordinary for too long, look to Mother Russia.