December 22, 2010

French jungle and its crocodiles

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My Sunday this week consisted of the visit of "La Ferme aux Crocodiles", a place in the south of France where they raise crocodiles and a few turtles, from all over the world. This place was insane and amazing. But I was as frustrated and as thankful for all the barriers or windows that wouldn't allow me to take the photos I wanted.

Head and tailes of crocodiles

Who would have thought crocodiles look cool in photo? 

Dicton
No matter how long a tree lives in the backwater it won't ever be a crocodile - African saying

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Tropical Birds

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December 16, 2010

The desolated beauty of emptiness in Galicia, Spain

The following photos are the closest I could get to expressing the feeling I have whenever I am in Galicia, Spain (where my mother's family is from.) One can only be fascinated by the paradoxical feeling of isolation yet freedom while walking through those pine and eucalyptus forests that are everywhere in this part of the country.

I think you can only enjoy taking long walks in this Kingdom of Emptiness if you are okay with facing who you really are. The silence, smell and ambiance of this place forces you to take a better look at yourself, to breath in and enjoy the moment.

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Ray of light forest galicia spain pine trees road

Along with the feeling of isolation, I always felt like everything was old or abandoned there. It's a difficult thing to explain but I think it's because most houses look old to me due to the fact that their architecture is very different from the French one. Also, I used to think as a kid that only old people could be living there, probably because this place was the symbol of my grandmother, and definitely because it does feel like a place full of wisdom and history. Years later, some feelings don't change; Galicia still has this delicious desolated beauty.

House architecture galicia spain

Crooked Pine Trees, Galicia, Spain Forest of Pine Trees, Spain

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December 10, 2010

Sneak peek on my next post

Sneaky Forest
Please please, view this one on black.

My next post will contain some old photos of Galicia, Spain. I don't know when I'll do it, maybe tomorrow, or maybe next week, but in the meantime I wanted to give a small preview!

December 1, 2010

Snowed in snapshot

A quick shot of what I opened my window to this morning. Taken at 8 am. Still snowing. December 1st really is winter in France !

snow view alps window
With a black background
For the record, for some reason I take that photo every winter but I'm only sharing it this time because usually snow doesn't start this early and all this much in one night.