"Then the rainiest June since the 1950s helped the spread of downy and powdery mildew" he told The Telegraph.
Kazakhstan has a cold winter which ensures it has powdery snow until late in the season.
The way led steeply up through deep, powdery snow that was unmarred by sled-track or moccasin impression.
Had the snow been less light and powdery, he must have been crushed to the ground.
In between it all, the sparrows chattered and chirped and fluttered safely in the powdery sand of the playground.
Both lads were immersed in powdery snow beneath the surface.
Although the gravel itself was somewhat damp the bones were dry and powdery, ashy gray in color.
It is approached by a narrow path, powdery on sunny days, navigable on rainy.
It would be easy to trace them, for the snow was powdery, and in many places they had sunk in it up to their knees.
We broke through the crust and floundered in soft and powdery snow.