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Along the Canal du Nivernais, Burgundy

The canal creates a link between the Seine and the Loire valleys, and passes through the woods of the Morvan plateau. It is considered to be the finest canal in France. On the way up it follows the Yonne river, and across the Morvan forest it takes its water from the Alnain and the Aron rivers. Cargo vessels abandoned the canal in the seventies, for its locks and bridges are quite narrow.

The origins of the canal date back to the 18th century and the construction was interrupted by the French Revolution. The canal was intimately linked with the activity of timber-floating to feed the growing energy needs of the expanding population of Paris. The logs were assembled into 50m.-long rafts in Clamecy, from where they were rowed by “flotteurs” on the slow, tiresome voyage (+200kms) along the Yonne and the Seine rivers to the quays of Paris. Being a “flotteur” was arduous work: they were often up to their knees in ice-cold water for days on end…

Memories of Antarctica (2007)

These photos were taken in 2007 in the Gerlache Strait, Paradise Bay, the Lemaire Canal, Deception Island, the Drake Passage and Cape Horn

 

Falkland Islands (Jan. 2007)

falklandislands_map-2003-11-10-at-16-59-05 new-island-map-stamps-2007-02-15-at-20-52-37 carcass-map-stamps-2007-02-15-at-21-11-02-1The Falklands archipelago consist of two main islands and 338 smaller ones, covering a total of 12,173 km2 -almost half the size of Belgium. Capital: Stanley.

Founded in 1844, Stanley is probably the world’s smallest and most remote capital. It is a handsome, welcoming village of about 2000 people. Very British atmosphere, although the architecture is that of a frontier town, except for a few Victorian step gable houses.

Despite its occupation by thousands of Argentine troops from April 2 to June 14, 1982, Stanley escaped almost unscathed. It remains the center for the archipelago’s wool industry, and more recently became a port for deep-water fishing industry. Recently discoveries of oil under the adjacent seabed heighten the strategic importance of the archipelago.

Argentina still claims sovereignty over the islands and on Argentine maps the islands are marked “Islas Malvinas” and the capital is called “Puerto Argentino“.

Photos taken with NIKON D200, 24-120mm lens on 8 January 2007.

 

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