Picture from Russia

Look at the picture below and answer the following questions:

  1. What time of the day is it?
  2. Is it early spring or a late fall?
  3. Is the river navigable?
  4. Which direction does the river flow? (North, East, South or West?)
  5. Is the river deep or shallow at the side where the boat is?
  6. Is there a bridge across the river nearby?
  7. How far is the railroad from here?
  8. Do the birds fly North or South?

2. People are sowing the crops, so it is early spring.
8. Since it is spring, birds are flying North.
1. Since birds are flying North, the shadows are pointing East, and therefore it is morning.
4. Judging by the water around the buoy, the river is flowing South.
3. Since there is a buoy, the river must be navigable.
5. The fishing line is long, so the river must be deep.
6. There would not be a ferry if there was a bridge nearby.
7. The guy on the left looks like a railroad worker, so probably the railroad is nearby.

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  1. If the shadows are pointing East, then the Sun would need to be in the West, and therefore it would be late afternoon. It is difficult to tell angles from this picture, so it is hard to tell that the birds and water are flowing in the opposite directions. However, If we take that the birds and water are in opposite directions, then the tree shadow looks to be pointing West and the Sun would be in the East and it IS early morning. Your answers need to match across all of the questions. Your “ferry” looks like a guy about to enjoy some time on the water with two friends to me.