Impressions of Belle Ile

Belle Ile, France

Belle Ile, France

The island of Belle Ile in France has been a popular location for artists. Octave Penguilly L’Haridon’s 1859 painting Les Petites mouettes (“Little Gulls”) (1858, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes) depicts the island. It was praised by Maxime du Camp and Charles Baudelaire, who referred to the sense of the uncanny, as though the rocks make “a portal open to infinity…a wound of white birds, and the solitude!” During the 1870s and 1880s, French Impressionist painter Claude Monet painted the rock formations at Belle Île. Monet’s series of paintings of the rocks at Belle Île astounded the Paris art world when he first exhibited them in 1887. Most notable are the Storm, Coast at Belle-Ile and Cliffs at Belle-Ile both rendered in 1886. The first time Auguste Rodin saw the ocean off the Brittany coast he exclaimed, “It’s a Monet.” 1 CONTINUE READING…

Chambord

Chambord, view from the east

Chambord, view from the east

A long exposure, HDR, black and white shot of the castle of Chambord.

The palace of Chambord is situated a few kilometers from the city of Blois in the region of Sologne, 177 kilometers south of Paris. An example of the early French Renaissance, the palace of Francis 1 is an essential stop on the circuit of the castles of the Loire valley. It’s the second most visited château (after Versailles) and in the top ten of most visited tourists attractions in France.

 

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Picture of the month: close encounter

Black and white photo of people and "entities" in mist

Close encounter of the third kind

 

Close encounter of the third kind: “UFO encounters in which an animated creature is present. These include humanoids, robots, and humans who seem to be occupants or pilots of a UFO“.

 

Everything is true (or almost):

Back in 2013 I witnessed this strange phenomenon. While taking a picture of my friends in the park, we were suddenly caught in a dense fog. We heard a loud hissing sound and, all of a sudden, seemingly out of nowhere, these “humanoids” or “entities” appeared. My friends quickly turned around and managed to snap a few shots of these “beings” with their cellphone, while I pressed the shutter to capture a picture of them surrounded by these strange creatures. The whole thing lasted only for a few seconds, then the fog cleared and everything was normal again….

 

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Long gone glory

Pier Scheveningen, The Hague, Netherlands

Pier Scheveningen, The Hague, Netherlands

A long exposure shot of the “Scheveningen Pier”, a decaying Dutch landmark…

Scheveningen, the coastal resort town of The Hague, boasts the largest pier in the Netherlands, completed in 1961. A crane, built on top of the pier’s panorama tower, provided the opportunity to make a 60-metre (200 ft) high bungee jump over the North Sea waves. The present pier is a successor of an earlier pier, which was completed in 1901 but in 1943 destroyed by the German occupation forces 1.
Unfortunately this structure is closed to the public since October 2013 because of serious safety issues and it’s future is unknown…
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