Stef

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Stef


I'm mainly a nature's lover with a net preference for snakes, lizards, crocodiles and frogs. But i try to always incorporate landscapes, architecture, people and other stuff related to the country where i go, so that it could please to a larger audience!



North America » United States » Florida » Saint Augustine February 15th 2019

St. Augustine, Florida, was the first city founded by European settlers in North America in 1565. On one street you can see the oldest (and very small) house, which is converted into a museum store. The Spaniards built a fort there to protect the place. All buildings use a local rock called 'coquina', a kind of limestone made of small fossilized shells. In one state park, you can visit an old coquina quarry. This is an interesting and beautiful city. There's the Spanish colonial aspect: the fort and the old city. There are more modern and nice building like Flagger's college, which is an architecture's highlight of the city. The Aliigator's farm, is a zoo specialized on crocodiles, (all species are present there), but also showcase lots of other animals. The crocs feeding's time is a ... read more
Flagger's college
Horseshoe crab
Flagger's college

North America » United States » Florida » Gainesville February 8th 2019

We last visited Okefenokee swamp in Georgia. We did trails from the eastern part, then we drove to the western part to do trails there. We then headed South to Florida using highway 75. On the way, we never saw so many jails in one place...... We arrived at Gainesville. This is a nice medium sized town. The area around the college is particularly beautiful. The city served as a base to explore parks in the surroundings. We went to: 1- Devil's Millhopper: a collapsed big sinkhole, that you can go down to, using stairs. Although being close to town, it's a quiet place, surrounded by forest. There's a little museum to explain geology of the place and show fossils. 2-Payne's Prairie preserve: South of Gainesville. Preserve a distinct prairie ecosystem in the region. Saw many ... read more
Paynes prairie
Paynes prairie, water snake
Devil's millhopper; going down the sinkhole

North America » United States » Georgia February 4th 2019

Next part of the trip is in Georgia state. We have a special stop to do in Savannah: the Bonaventure cemetery. It's renowned for being very beautiful, leafy and full of statues, and that's right! We stopped along the coast in small beautiful small town like St-Mary. Near of Florida's border we went inland to Okefenokee swamp. This is a protected area with many trails and beautiful nature. It was a bit cool when we went so the alligators were a bit sluggish, but easy to photograph up close. Also, many carnivorous plants. In forests parts, I really like the mix of pines with palmetto. For us from the North, it seems like a weird combination to have these 2 types of plants together, but it was just an impression because they all thrive. Next part, ... read more
Bonaventure cemetery
Bonaventure cemetery
Iron balcony in Savannah

North America » United States » South Carolina » Charleston January 25th 2019

This is a trip I did a few years ago. Starting from my little village North of Montreal, Canada, to explore sites in Virginia, both Carolinas, Georgia and North Florida. There are thousands of people from Quebec going to Florida every year in the winter, but they never explore other states on the way. For my part, I think one's can find interesting places a bit everywhere on earth, if you learn a bit on these places. One thing I ever wanted to see was cotton fields. We all know the horrible history of slavery in the US, and many suffered to work in these fields. I saw my first cotton fields in Goldsboro ,North Carolina. This is a peculiar plant: The cotton fibers on the plants look like popcorn, and this is quite beautiful. We ... read more
Magnolia's Garden main house
Magnolia's Garden oak alley
Nice house in Paris, Virginia

North America » United States » Arizona » Jerome January 24th 2019

Not long in the past, Jerome was one of Arizona's richest town, due to its copper mines. Jerome is perched in the mountains, so it wasn't practical to transport the ore directly from Jerome to a big foundry. Instead, they did a quick transport to Clarksdale below, and then railroad was built to bring copper on long distances. Clarksdale, founded by rich man William Clark is a pleasant small town. You can visit the railway museum and also do train tours of the surroundings. Climbing to Jerome is quite abrupt. The day we went, weather was really gray with fog, so it added some "ambiance" when we visited the ghost town. Jerome was in the 40s and 50s, a town with several dozens of thousands peoples, but then population decreased rapidly when the mines closed. It's ... read more
Mr Clark
Railway museum, Clarksdale


The expectation was building up more and more...... Yes, coming from Flagstaff on a cold but sunny December day, I was very excited to arrive at grand canyon. What builds up the expectation is that you don't see really see the canyon until you are in the park, on designed sites. When you see it the first time, you mind needs to adjust to grasp the huge dimension of it. Breath taking!! Did I say it was cold? We arrived at -5 Celsius with very strong wind, so bring your coat and layers in the winter! But the good side of this, is that there are far less people around, so you can really take your time at every station. I tried to take pictures from different angles and perspective to attempt to represent the greatness, ... read more
desert 's view
wapiti

North America » United States » Arizona December 27th 2018

To see completely different things in my trip, we decided to visit some archealogical sites. The Sinaguas, were indigenous people living in Verde Valley and North Central Arizona. They seem to have thrived between the 1100 to early 1400 AD. They made buildings well adapted to the environments, like the Montezuma castle, neither built by Montezuma, nor a castle. The location of this site is perfect: Surrounded by a vast desert, they dig and built a structure on a cliff, facing South, warmer in winter, and shaded in the summer. They had a river below where large trees grow and where agriculture was good. The building complex, if 5 five stories high, and was accessed by ladders. They knew the desert very well and used any resources available for food, clothing, medicine, etc.... It is still ... read more
Tuzigoot
Beautiful sycamore trees
Beautiful sycamore trees

North America » United States » Arizona » Sedona December 17th 2018

My main focus on trips is animal viewing and photography. It was already too cold to see any reptiles, (sniff sniff!), but I looked for other types of animals and tried to take the nicest landscapes pictures I could. With all these colors in the rocks, the most important factor for photographs is sunlight, in the best angle possible with clear skies. The red of the mountains kind of glow when sun is a bit low in the sky. But end of fall season helps in that matter, because sun never goes that high in the sky, when you're not in the tropics. The day when I explored Bell rock and CourtHouse butte, was for me, the best to photograph mountains. I was able to photograph some animals as well. Enjoy!... read more
roadrunner
Bell rock
courthouse butte

North America » United States » Arizona » Sedona December 13th 2018

Second time in Arizona. Last time was in the south, in Tucson region to mainly visit the Sonora desert. This time, I stayed in Sedona's region and visit the surroundings, including a trip to grand canyon. The small city of Sedona is surrounded by mountains of all shapes and having many colors, but red is the dominant color. Plenty of accommodations in the region. There are 2 main aspects defining the region: a-nature, landscapes, hiking trails, jeep and atv. b-Arts galleries of all sorts, yoga, and other "cosmic things". For me, first aspect is the draw. City is surrounded by hiking trails, going in desert, forest, around or on top on mountains. We spend 10 days there, and we didn't do a third of all trails!! Trails are well maintained and maps are available. The views ... read more
view on Thunder mountain trail
Prickly pear cactus in abondance.
view on Thunder mountain trail

Europe » France August 27th 2018

This one is to put pictures of the trip I did in France when I was very young. I'll try to get pictures and upload them, (my sister actually has them). We visited many sites in Paris, but also did a tour of France in 2 weeks I believe.... read more




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