Russian flag on Eastern Sea (Sea of Japan)

I shot this from the ferry deck as we approached Russian waters in the Eastern Sea, back in early February. The deckhand raising the Russian flag had quite a difficult time. It was about negative 40 or 50 degrees Celsius with the wind chill, the coldest I have probably ever felt in my entire life. The wind was so strong I could not keep my body straight, let alone the camera.

The flag whipped around so violently that if it caught you in the eye, you might go blind. The bottom photo is indicative of what the captain had to navigate for much of the 20-plus hours.