Archive from May, 2012
May 27, 2012 - Roads, USA    1 Comment

Curves ahead

Here we go, another road shot from USA. Not much more to say, it was a sunny and beautiful day across the ocean. I can’t wait to get back there again.

May 23, 2012 - France, Urbex    2 Comments

Break Room

This is another picture from the urbex trip I made few weeks ago. The place we visited was a big pasta factory with a mansion close to it. This is from the factory part.
After few hours of hanging around, we encountered a huge room filled with massive oven that spread more than 20 meters on the floor.
Stopping to take some pictures, we saw a door indicating  “salle de pause”. When we entered, we found this :

I dont know what kind of break they took here but it doesn’t seems like peaceful time to me.

 

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May 20, 2012 - Reunion Island, Roads    No Comments

Cilaos

Roads

I really love this winding roads. They make you wondering where it will take you and they always brings up so much road trips memories…

Cilaos

A new pictures from Reunion Island. This time to change, no sea or waterscape. I got you an innerland picture. From cirque de Cilaos to be precise.
As you migt already know, Réunion island is 100% volcanic. In the centre of the island lies the former volcano “le Piton des Neiges”. It is exctinct since 12 000 years et is nowadays replace by the famous “Piton de la Fournaise”. The Piton des Neiges had formed the majority of the island and the three majestic cirque that make Reunion reputation.

This three cirques (Salazie, Cilaos and Maffate) are Caldera which are cauldron-like volcanic features usually formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption.
The Cirque de Cilaos is the most southern one and is famous for its wine, its lentils and above all for its 400 bends road. Indeed this road was buildt in the 1930’s and is really tortuous. But the view is so wonderfull that you will quickly forget the bends. This road is a deadend and finish at the small village of Ilet à cordes. I took tis picture when trying to reach this hamlet.

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May 16, 2012 - Canada    No Comments

Banff from above

Another picture from Canada for this wednesday.
The weather on this day wasn’t perfect and there was an annoying haze. The kind you can encounter in mountains and which is really frustrating for photographer. But I managed to get a decent shot.
This is a view of the city of Banff in the canadian rockies. We could see Vermillon lake on the right, the place where I took this one. We could also see one part of the Bow River wich have this wonderful color that I mentionned earlier.

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May 13, 2012 - France, Urbex    No Comments

Ghost in the bath

Urban Exploration

Something totally different for today. I just came back from my first experience in urbex or urban exploration. I met some cool guys from Toulouse and we went to visit/infiltrate a huge abandoned factory in the neighborhood of Toulouse. We kind of get lucky and with a little bit of ingenuity we managed to get inside. The place is so big we could not even manage to scout all floors during our 3 hours of exploration.

The factory was producing pasta since the beggining of our centuries. It was struggling with financial issue since a decade and was closed part after part in the last few years. Our search went on for a moment and we finally stumbled on a big courtyard from which we could reach the lordly house that spread on three flours with a big wine cellar.
The place was really creepy and everything looked like time had stopped in 1960, newspapers and undrinked soda on the floor, paint and plaster peeling off, rotten wood everywhere.
After some times, we found this bathroom, adjacent to a big bedroom. I grab my tripod and took this shot.

I know that this is totally different from my previous stuff, but it was a great experience for me so I wanted to share it with you. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am.

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May 9, 2012 - France    No Comments

French swamps

I took this photo just yesterday, near my home in Toulouse. I was looking for the place where The Garonne and Ariege rivers meet. I went on a late walk after work, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to find the spot. Anyway, I stumbled across some swamps, like the one you can see in the pictures, so I decided to take some shots.
I took this one with my wide angle lens (Sigma 10-22mm) which is fairly new for me. It’s crazy how much you can fit on a frame with the lowest zoom (10mm)! This tend to give some distortion, but it’s a style on its own ;D
That made me realize that I really need some practice with this new equipment.
Anyway it’s not my best picture and I am not totally happy with the result, but at least I tried. 😀

May 6, 2012 - France    No Comments

Dordogne

I just get back from a two days trip in Dordogne, South-West France. It was really nice and I only took so little pictures. I will have to get back there soon.

This area has so much history. There is medieval villages everywhere, and you could find so much castle and church.
Indeed, the region is reputed to have 1001 castles and chateaux. This is in part due to Eleanor of Aquitaine who inherited much of Aquitaine in the early 1100. She married the King of France Louis VII to leave him 15 years after and get remarried to the King of England. From this moment, a big piece of French lands were to be owned by English Kings. That finally leads to the Hundred Years War during the 14th century. The land of Aquitaine which embrace Dordogne will be in the middle of the fight till the victory of France in 1451.

I found medieval history really fascinating and I can’t stop myself wondering why I don’t know much about it. I made the promise that whenever I will have more time I am going to buy some books that talk about it.

Farewell my friends and see you next time.

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