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Mangue Sêco

Ending day

Still alive in Death Valley

Overview of north Death Valley, California, from Dantes view point. The bottom of the valley is mostly below the sea level. White areas & spots are salt. There was 122°F (50°C) when I took this shot ;-)

Hmong embroidery

Hmong (originally from Vietnam & Laos) community of Cacao (French Guiana)

Oily waters

Blue & Pink

Space invader

Urubú flying over the Soyuz Spaceport, Space Center of Kourou, French Guiana

Starship on Earth

Top of the Bayoke Sky Building in Bangkok, Thailand

A night over Bangkok

The Mirror #2

with polarized filter

Amazonian mood

La montagne des singes (Monkey's hill) Near Kourou, Guyane (French Guiana)

End of a day

Couac

"COUAC" or "KWAK" is the creole name for roasted cassava root flour, in French Guiana and Suriname. It is the main ingredient of traditional food of the area, where it take place in many dishes. It is very similar to the Brazilian "farinha" also called "aipim" or "macaxeira". This shot was taken in Papaïchton, a small village on Maroni river, which is Guyane/Suriname natural frontier.

Mount Agung at sunset

Mount (Gunung) Agung volcano is the highest point of Bali island, Indonesia.This shot was taken from Amed beach

Love

Leaving

The mirror

Solitude

Through the trunk...

Sand, Clouds & Moon

Shallow blue

Happy Birthday

Man's best friend

Water management

Women on the way back from the well, daily activity in Nosy Boraha island (Ste Marie - Madagascar)

Esmerald island

Mayotte Island, north coast cape, M'Tsamboro (french territory) You can see, on the left, the radar for detection of illegal immigration by boat people named "kwassa-kwassa" from Anjouan (Comores archipelago)

Light needles

California State Route 1 (under the sun)

75s long exposure with ND1000 filter

When A-380 meets Greenland

Paris-Los Angeles over Greenland flight

Both sides now

Downtown LA

Art Deco scene

Golden Gate at golden hour

Becoming goldener !

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge from the San Francisco Marina. Long Exposure @ sunset.

Golden eye

Golden Gate bridge & Sausalito, from the coastal trail of Presidio view point. 20s exposure at f/14, ISO 100 Better view : clic on the photo then press M

Golden is The Gate

Overview (north) of the Golden Gate bridge and San Francisco, taken from the Marin Headlands Hills (coastal National Park), Sausalito. Please click on the photo, then press M for a better view ;-)

Why this Gate is called Golden***

GG Under-view from Fort Baker, Sausalito, CA. Better view : clic on the photo, then press M

Holiday time in California...

Mount Whitney is the highest summit in the contiguous United States and the Sierra Nevada, with an elevation of 14,505 feet (4,421 m)...

Old Faithful Geyser

I waited for a little more of 30mn before the first eruption of steam began. Then a 100 feet hot water column (near 300°F/170°C) sprayed up during about 10mn. It was a magical moment ;-) It is situated in the Napa Valley, Tubbs Lane, Calistoga (CA)

Mojave Joshua Tree

The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer. Ranchers and miners who were contemporary with the Mormon immigrants also took advantage of the Joshua tree, using the trunks and branches as fencing and for fuel for ore-processing steam engines. It is also called izote de desierto (Spanish, "desert dagger"). It was first formally described in the botanical literature as Yucca brevifolia by George Engelmann in 1871 as part of the Geological Exploration of the Fortieth Parallel. Cahuilla Native Americans who have lived in the southwestern United States for generations still identify with this plant as a valuable resource and call it "hunuvat chiy’a" or "humwichawa". Their ancestors used the leaves of Y. brevifolia to weave sandals and baskets in addition to harvesting the seeds and flower buds for meals. Yucca tree roots have saponin glycosides.

City of Hope is golden !

Hollywood buildings & hills from the Bona Vista lounge bar, Downtown LA.

Cartoon style for the WD Concert Hall :D

Walt Disney Concert Hall, downtown Los Angeles.

Brushed metal curves

The Walt Disney Concert Hall at 111 South Grand Avenue in Downtown of Los Angeles, California, is the fourth hall of the Los Angeles Music Center and was designed by Frank Gehry. It opened on October 24, 2003. Bounded by Hope Street, Grand Avenue, and 1st and 2nd Streets, it seats 2,265 people and serves, among other purposes, as the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. After the construction, modifications were made to the Founders Room exterior; while most of the building's exterior was designed with stainless steel given a matte finish, the Founders Room and Children's Amphitheater were designed with highly polished mirror-like panels. The reflective qualities of the surface were amplified by the concave sections of the Founders Room walls. Some residents of the neighboring condominiums suffered glare caused by sunlight that was reflected off these surfaces and concentrated in a manner similar to a parabolic mirror. The resulting heat made some rooms of nearby condominiums unbearably warm, caused the air-conditioning costs of these residents to skyrocket and created hot spots on adjacent sidewalks of as much as 140 °F (60 °C). There was also the increased risk of traffic accidents due to blinding sunlight reflected from the polished surfaces. After complaints from neighboring buildings and residents, the owners asked Gehry Partners to come up with a solution. Their response was a computer analysis of the building's surfaces identifying the offending panels. In 2005 these were dulled by lightly sanding the panels to eliminate unwanted glare.

Rainbow meets Canyon...

on the Grand Canyon north rim way, from Utah to Arizona...

U.S. Route 66, end of the trail...

Santa Monica Pier, California. The Pacific Wheel The world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel gives visitors a panoramic view of the Southern California coastline from more than 130 feet above the Santa Monica Pier. Measuring 85 feet, the wheel moves at 2.5 revolutions per minute with intermittent stops to pick up passengers. Features more than 160,000 energy-efficient LED lights that display dynamic, eye-popping computer-generated lighting entertainment in the evenings.

Nightfall over LA

From the Westin Bonaventure building.

Amber tones little rest time

at Westin Bonaventure Building, Bona Vista Lounge bar. Cheers !!!

McWay Falls

McWay Falls is an 80-foot waterfall located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park that flows year-round. This waterfall is one of only two in the region that are close enough to the ocean to be referred to as "tidefalls", the other being Alamere Falls. The source of the waterfall is McWay Creek and is one of the few waterfalls that empties directly into the ocean. Originally the waterfall cascaded directly into the ocean but after a 1983 fire and 1985 landslides, the topography of McWay Cove was altered, forming an inaccessible beach. The waterfall now meets the ocean when the tide is in. The Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is located 37 miles south of Carmel. Near its parking lot begins the half-mile Waterfall Trail, a dirt path heading westward toward the ocean, to a short tunnel under Highway 1, a right turn to a trail in the cliffside overlooking a small cove, to the sign "Overlook". Although it can be viewed via a trail from above, the beach and scenic cove below are difficult to access by land, however, they can be easily reached by boat. Even with this possibility, it is not recommended that people visit the beach as a safety precaution due to crumbling cliffs and to preserve the environment. Just upstream is 30-foot McWay Creek Falls, and on a smaller tributary is Canyon Trail Falls.

Embarcadero

Sunset over Yosemite NP

SF Bay by night

Half Dome...

...at sunset from Glacier Point, Yosemite National Park, California.

Merced River, Yosemite Valley

Yosemite National Park, California. HDR +3F takes, 11mm

El Capitan

Tenaya Lake under the sun

Mobius Arch at sunset

A favorite subject of photographers and filmmakers, the Alabama Hills Natural Arch, also known as Mobius Arch, can be found off Movie Road in Lone Pine, California. A lovely contrast to the towering escarpment of the eastern Sierra Nevada, the massive boulders scattered throughout the Alabama Hills have been chiseled away leaving impressive holes through the center forming perfect archways.

Stovepipe Wells dunes

Death Valley, 11am, 122°F It was recommended not to walk on the dunes after 10am, but I decided to go from the parking until there were no more footprints in the sand to take some shots... I've been worrying about my DSLR heating a lot... fortunately it was cloudy, I can't imagine that place under the sun...

Nadeau Trail, Panamint Valley

On the road to Death Valley, from Owen's Valley, California...

Crossing the Owen's Valley

Bixby Bridge

Bixby Creek Bridge is a reinforced concrete open-spandrel arch bridge in Big Sur, California. The bridge is located 120 miles south of San Francisco and 13 miles south of Carmel in Monterey County along State Route 1.

Salty dry mud land

Death Valley National Park (248 feet below sea level), California, USA The Death Valley saltpan is one of the largest saltpans in North America. The bizarre terrain of an evaporated lake contains crystals of almost pure salt, the kind you know from the dining table. The craggy lake bottom is complex and intricate with crystals in various stages of development. Deposited by ancient salt lakes and shaped by winds and rain, the crystals are forever changing. Salt continues to be deposited by recurring floods that occasionally submerge the lowest parts of the valley floor.

Devil's Golf Course Road

Salty dust shot taken from Badwater Road, Death Valley The Devil's Golf Course is a large salt pan on the floor of Death Valley, It was named after a line in the 1934 National Park Service guide book to Death Valley National Monument, which stated that "Only the devil could play golf" on its surface, due to a rough texture from the large halite salt crystal formations.

Water & Fire

I shot this stormy sunset on the road between Shoshone & Baker, south of Death Valley National Park, California.

The feminine building

Times Square vertigo

Fifth Avenue Building

WTC at sunset

WTC 9/11 memorial

The World Trade Center Memorial for me is the most impressive, breathtaking emotional place in today New York City...

This is lower Manhattan!

1WTC like a lighthouse

Twilight & afterglow

Powerful lights!

NYC sunset waterfront

Hudson bridges lights & colors

Rock in stock

Snowy clouds @ Mono Lake

Mono Lake view when exiting the Yosemite National Park by CA120 (Eastern side) Click then press 'M' for max. view ;-)

Grazin'

Budapest from Balna

Budapest, Hungary Taken from Balna Art Center

Frozen Lake Mary

Lake Mary, northern Arizona, southeast of Flagstaff, at sunset and totally frozen in Winter...

Transylvania

Indian Ocean Sunset Shooting

Wonderful golden summer sunset in Mauritius...