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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge 183: “Memorable Events”

Thanks, Ann-Christine, for giving me the opportunity to remember a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Seychelles Islands back in October 2010. For two weeks I was in paradise. La Digue is one of the bigger islands forming the country Seychelles. It’s located in the Indian Ocean and belongs to the African continent. You can find it on a map when staring with your finger in Mombasa at the Kenyan coast and moving to the east and starting with your other finger from the Jemen-Oman-border going south.

Seychelles is south of the equator at 4°16′ S 55°46′ E. So they are outside the cyclone area. No dangerous animals are living on the islands. There is even no malaria threat in Seychelles.

The islands have a tropical climate. It’s hot and the humidity is quite high. Because of the short distance to the equator, there is no twilight. When the sun goes down, it becomes dark nearly at once. The sun rises at around 6 a.m. and goes down at around 6 p.m.

 

first sight of the paradise aka Seychelles

 

the church is already decorated for the upcoming national holiday
one of the fantastic beaches around La Digue

 

a big print of this image is in the image’s rotation box and thus hanging every now and then in our living room for a couple of weeks.

 

nightfall is very fast so close to the equator

 

I loved watching these pretty white long-tail tropicbirds when they were in the air. It seemed to me, they really have fun and enjoy flying fast and amazing courses. 

 

When you want to read a bit more, you can find my posts here. Scroll down to the bottom of that page to start with the oldest post.

Take care!

photography, summer, travel

Throwback Thursday: high-speed beauty!

white-tailed tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) / Weißschwanz-Tropikvogel

 

I loved watching these birds flying fast above the coasts of Seychelles. I’ve had the impression, they really love and enjoy flying. It’s already 11 years 😲

Take care!

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: happy place

Here we are again, at the weekly photo challenge organized by “The Daily Post

A happy place! Wow! Once, I’ve been in my happy place. A dream came true, and I was able to visit the paradise. Literally! Seychelles!

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btw. click in the image to see it in a bigger size

I’d go back at once, if I’d get an opportunity. And, I even would stay there for a looooonnnngg time.

Getting up early and the air is warm. Stepping out of you bed on warm ceramic tiles without an underfloor heating. Or, sitting outside late at night wearing only a t-shirt.

Everything around is green. No mosquitos, snakes or other dangerous animals. Friendly people, nice beaches – simply paradise!

Take care!

(as usual, you can see the photo enlarged, when clicking in it)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: warmth

This weeks photo challenge at The Daily Post is called “warmth”.

This photo is taken on one of my dream locations: La Digue, one of the Seychelles.

I often take my book and remember the soft, warm winds, the sound of the ocean and feeling of the sand under my bare feet and how good it feels, getting up very early and touching warm tiles with your bare feet.

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Take care!

(as always: click on the photos to see them in a bigger size)

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

dsc_1344-ec_wAt “The Daily Post” they asked for this weeks “Photo Challenge” for photos with the wow factor. Actually, there are many photos on my computer and online as well. I guess, to pick a photo for this competition, it’d would be the easiest way, to look on my walls. Some of my best photos are hanging framed on my walls. But, there are some still only on my computer or here in my blog.

So, I picked a photo taken at my trip to a dreamy island. An island in the sun!

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Daily Prompt: Travel

My contribution to the “Daily Prompt” was taken on Mahé, Seychelles. It shows the quick ferry to Praslin during on boarding.

When the ferry arrives, all the luggage of the arriving passengers  is put on the quay, just where the luggage is deposited from the passengers waiting for on-boarding.  You have to search your luggage in the crowd. On the other hand, if you want to get your luggage on board, have an eye on it, to make sure, the steward put it on the ship.

Have a nice trip! 🙂

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animals, photography, travel, world

remembrance to beautiful birds

Have you ever seen paradise birds flying free in the sky? I have, and it was so wonderful to look at them. It seemed to me that they had so much fun in flying. It seemed to me that they were playing tag with each other and flying one loop after another just for fun.

This is the White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus ). I saw them several times and it was a pleasure to observe them. Their flights impressed me very much.

I also saw the black Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, a very rare black paradise bird. I only saw one bird twice. When I it first I didn’t have a camera with me, because I came back from snorkeling. At the second time I saw one I was unable to place a good shot because the bird only flew short distances from one tree to another hiding itself in the leaves. According to Wikipedia  there are only about 200  black Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher couples living on La Digue. So I’m happy for have seen one.

There were also some other birds. But until now I’m unable to identify them all. I’ll post them later.

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Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher

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I’m back … from the paradies

Unfortunately I’m really back: out of the sun in to the cold.

Even my car didn’t want me to go to work this morning. Frozen windows and an empty battery greeted me when I came to my car.

I’m well, I’m healthy and I’ve hundreds of photographs to watch over, edit and publish. Much work and much to remember.

It was a nice trip with nice people to a beautiful island.

I got up at 5:30 a.m on Saturday (that’s 3:30 in Germany because the time is 2 hours ahead during daylight savings time in Germany). At 4 p.m. we drove to the harbor to get the shuttle boat back to Praslin island to get the last shuttle catamaran back to Mahé island where the airport is located. At Sunday morning 1:50 a.m. our plane stated to Dubai. It was completely booked out. We arrived at 6:20 a.m. in Dubai and started at 8:40 a.m. back to Duesseldorf where we arrived at 1:50 p.a.

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I’m still alive …

… and I’m still in paradise. This island is so beautiful and has so many aspects to see, that you are busy to visit all the nice spots. I guess, you could stay for month until you have seen everything. Beautiful beaches, exotic birds, unknown voices, interesting insects and geckos beside the well known animals like cats, dogs, goats, hen or cows. Here I only consider the island itself and not considering the life under water.
One member of our group was out for some diving trips and he brought some very nice photos back.

In Asia it’s still monsoon time. So the waves are are hitting the rocks very hard and the water sprays very high.