All of the photos posted on this site were taken in nature and with the utmost repect of the wildlife. I am simply an amateur photographer with
a keen interest in the world of living beings. I have identified the species without specific scientific conotations and therefore any and all corrections or complimetary information is more than
welcome. The quality of the photos on screen was volontary downgraded in order to optimise the on-screen posting speed and to prevent possible pirating. The photos are not free for public
usage and any reproduction, distribution or comuuincation of these photos must be authorized.
Those who take the time, who know how to look at, listen to and love our generous/abundant nature will open its doors liberating at least a part of its mysteries and infinite beauty.
Originally from the Aube region in France, I spent most of my childhood in the country which in turn became the backdrop of my interest. After several adolescent years in the city I longed to return to the rural countryside. At present, I live just on the outskirts of the Othe forests where I work as a technical educator in a specialised eduction institution.
The story begins in 2003 in Corsica....I was vacationning in Porticcio when one summer evening I discovered the throbbing song of the horned owl. At the time I was unable to differentiate the chirping of a coal tit from that of a finch/lark. I was struck by my own ignorance of the biodiveresity that surrounds us and in which we exist in . Upon my return I acquired a pair of binoculars and began perusing the region for local birdlife. This part time curiousity soon developed into my great interest in Ornithlogy.
Since then and after years of observation the relationships between animals and their close tie to their environment have become obvious to me. As a result I see the need to peserve their natural but ever so fragile habitats.
In order to better capture on film and share this abounding life, I have acquired several pieces of modest photography equipment. I use a short focal length lens for animal life ( 300mm) which is nevrtheless a handicap as I have had to adapt my technique. I take special care to get as near as possible to the animals using camoflage and hideouts.
This technique has allowed me to learn many aspects about animal life: their behavior, the eating habits, their codes and cries of warning, their mating rituals, their prints, their safety zones, their habitats etc. During the thousands of hours cramped in discrete hideouts, I have witnessed a multitude of astounding scenes- at times funny , quite often callous but without cruelty and always authentic because in the animal world there are no superfluous acts. Everything is done out of necessity- eating and not being eating eaten- copulating as fast as possible in order to reproduce and finally dying.
I am driven by the sheer pleasure of watching these animals and discovering how they survive and thrive in nature. Hiding under a pile of leaves, behind a tree or in the water just waiting remind me that we are all part of this biodiversity and that our time on earth is short. Consequently, we need to remember and respect those who preceeded us as well as those who will follow in our steps. Victor Hugo warned us to be attentive to nature and its being:
"It's sad to think that nature speaks but humans don't listen( to the deaf ears of humans).