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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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Apr 25, 2012 - Canada    No Comments

The legendary axe

News

I am planning some changes on the blog “soon”, maybe a new skin and probably a Newsletter will follow. A Google + account is coming too.
This takes time and I’m actually pretty tied up to my job (a PhD in Oncology) but I plan it to be temporary. Hope to get new pictures real soon, maybe more from Toulouse and around.
I’ll let you now. ūüėÄ

I am out to Belgium this weekend to fulfill my second hobby wich is music. I will try to post the sunday pictures but I can’t promise it.
See you soon.

The Legendary Axe

Ok this one is kind of clich√© for a Canadian picture. ¬†ūüėÄ
This is how most french people see Canadiens: huge beardy guys with squared shirts.

Anyway, I like this one, how the axe shows up, makes me think of a Canadian version of Excalibur. You know the mighty Sword in Stone which gave King Arthur his throne. The one that Merlin put into a rock after Uther Pendragon death.

And by the way, this legend is controversial, some say that the Sword in Stone is not Excalibur and that Excalibur was indeed given to Arthur by The Lady Of The Lake…
Can’t tell for sure, so choose the story that you like the most.

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Apr 18, 2012 - Canada    4 Comments

Moutain chicken

Another picture from Canada for this wednesday. I took this one after a huge hike we made with a friend, an all day hike with something like 1000 meters change in altitude. And we were all packed up with big bags, tents, food and all we needed for the night. When we arrived at the campground, after setting up the tent, I grabbed my camera and hanged around for some shots. This kind of birds were everywhere and they seemed totally unconcerned about humans. I was able to track this one and to take real close shot (as I only got my 18-55mm lens at the time) without him even been disturbed.

Those birds are called white-tailed Ptarmigans. They are some kind of grouses and they are an alpine species. You could find this species from Canadian moutains to Northern Mexican one. As a permanent, above timber-line, resident of high mountains they live in an arsh envirronement and are well adapted to it.
I won’t be thorough, but they got feathered legs and feet that act like snowshoes so they can walk on powder snow.¬†But the most obvious adaptation is their camouflage. In winter when snow is covering every inch, the moutain chicken (as it is sometimes called) is totally white, only for its beak and eyes. In the summer, when the snow melt away, the¬†white-tailed Ptarmigan change its feather color, turning to a¬†mottled grayish-brown (as you can see in the picture) that allow him to perfectly blend-in with its environnment and¬†thus, avoid predation.

 

Hope you learned something interesting today ;D

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Apr 15, 2012 - Canada    No Comments

Roof of the world

Next trip

I am glad to announce that I took my flight ticket for a month long trip in Asia this summer. The plan is not yet fully achevied but I am flying from Toulouse to Nanning, South China, in August. My return flight takes of from Bangkok, Thailande, one month later. So basically I have that month to cross South China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodge (Angkor temples!) and finally Thailand. Sounds like a hell of a trip. And that means tons of new pictures for you guys!!!

But before that, this sunday picture :

Roof of the world

This is another picture from Canada, when I did a 4 wheel road trip on the rockies with a friend. This picture was taken on the side of a standard forest road. Not much more to say about it.
Enjoy!

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Mar 28, 2012 - Canada    No Comments

Mighty Rundle

This pictures was taken in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, in the famous Banff National Park, which is the oldest National Park in Canada (1885).

The peak you can see is one of the most photographed mount of the Canadian Rockies : The mighty Mount Rundle.

It’s a dip slope moutain with one side that is steep and irregular and the other side that is planar.¬†We can easily see the strata of limestone on the planar side.

This is a view is from Vermillon lake, located west of the city of Banff.

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Mar 25, 2012 - Canada    1 Comment

Running water

I took this picture during a 4 wheel road trip in the Canadian Rockies in the summer of 2010.The friend hosting me in calgary had his collarbone broken few weeks ago so we couldn’t hike a lot,¬†which¬†explain the 4 wheel trip ;D

We took so much forest road this day that i¬†couldn’t¬†even say were this place was. On the road, the view was really beautiful so I got out of the car, opened my tripod and grab this shot.

The water of those rivers an lakes has an incredible color, aquamarine and bright turquoise-blue that look unreal. But I swear it is real, and If you ever went to the Canadian Rockies, especially Jasper National Park, you could back me up on this one ,D:

In fact this phenomenon is due to something called “Rock Flour“, it¬†consists of fine-grained, silt size¬†particles of rock, generated by mechanical grinding of bedrock by glacial erosion. Because it is ultra small, it becomes suspended in riverwater and¬†it turns the river’s color gray, light brown, iridescent blue-green, or milky white,¬†which is sometimes known as¬†glacial milk. (source by wikipedia)

 

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