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Sunday 6 May 2012

There will be wine

Collobières Printemps 2012

Vine in spring

Reben im Frühling

Vignes en printemps

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Thursday 29 March 2012

Spring, second helping

Printemps à Collobrières

Spring at Collobrières

Printemps à Collobrières

Frühling in Collobrières

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Cutting Roads

Cutting a road through the Massif des Maures

Travaux incisifs


Cutting Roads

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Sunday 18 March 2012

Spring Cleaving


Fission Tree

Arbre fendant


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Saturday 4 February 2012

Provence in Winter

Mimosa enneigé

Schnee in der Provence

Neige en Provence

Snow in Provence

After hardly any winter to speak of, the mimosas had started blosoming in Collobrières about six weeks ahead of time. Let us hope they survive the sudden relapse into the season we had expected to be over. (Click on the images to enlarge)

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Tuesday 28 December 2010

Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year 2011

Nuages ou ciel clair ? Peu importe ! - Je vous souhaite beaucoup de bonheur et de succès en 2011

Whether under clouds or clear skies - I wish you a happy and successful year 2011

Ob unter Wolken oder blauem Himmel - ich wünsche Euch ein glückliches und erfolgreiches Jahr 2011

Hans-Josef Jeanrond

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Saturday 22 May 2010

Spring - Printemps - Frühling 2010

Collobrières 18/04/2010

Spring at last!

Printemps enfin !

Frühling, endlich!

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Monday 16 February 2009

Reflets - réflexions : Port d'Hyères

Port d'Hyères, soir

Spring, evening lights in the water
Printemps, la lumière du soir dans l'eau
Frühling, Abendlicht im Wasser

We are still back at 25 January, the same day we discovered the mimosas in full bloom. (See the posting before this one).
Ending the day with a coffee on the quay of the port of Hyères, I was able to chase a few more reflections in the water. The port of Hyères is rather "modern" and mostly devoid of charme. Nevertheless, the soft evening light and the palm-trees at the edge of the harbour basin made for a few nice images. At least I hope you agree they are nice.

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Friday 6 February 2009

Bormes les Mimosas - Printemps !


Early Spring!
Printemps précoce !
Früher Frühling!

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Sunday 1 February 2009

Vineyards and the Massif des Maures at Gonfaron

Gonfaron Massif des Maures

Fog clearing below the Massif des Maures
Nebel lichtet sich am Fuss des Massif des Maures
Le brouillard se lève au pied du Massif des Maures

31 January marked the end of the season for "season greetings" in France. This extended season gives French people a lot more time than those in most other countries to recover from celebrations before sending their New Year's wishes. It shows we have a different sense of time. (I say "we" since I have adapted a long time ago. Having to be exactly on time has become a strain...)
So it is time, even in France, to follow the greetings-entry of this blog with a new posting.

Even though we have already had a glimpse of spring last Sunday (25 January) seeing the mimosas blossom in Bormes les Mimosas, let us first come back to the spot that figured on the greeting card in the last posting.

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Saturday 27 December 2008

Bonne année - Happy New Year - Ein glückliches Neues Jahr

Bonne année 2009

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Wednesday 6 August 2008

Collobrières #3

Le platane protecteur Décembre

Les arbres protecteurs
Protecting trees
Schützende Bäume

December 2007
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Driving, cycling, and hiking through the countryside of the Var, you often see trees planted next to sheds in the fields (and next to houses, of course). Some of these sheds are very small, most of them very old, and one wonders why it should be so important to have big trees so close to them, trees that sometimes seem to crush the sheds.

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Wednesday 23 July 2008

Collobrières #2

Collobrières - à droite de mon bureau

Vue de ma fenêtre - droite
Looking out of my window - right
Sicht aus meinem Fenster - rechts

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As promised in the last posting, here are images made looking out of my office window to the right, across the seasons.

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Monday 14 July 2008

Collobrières dans le Var

Collobrières Vignes automne et laurier

Change of scenery
Changement de décor
Neue Umgebung

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Moving to Provence is a challenge:

Most French people think that you are retiring. Well I am not, and given the state of retirement finances in France and in Germany, I will probably never be able to retire. I hope my customers and prospects don't think I am retired, and they don't need to call upon me any more!
The people in the south suspect, that if you are not retired, you will not live here during the whole year. Probably thinking « no need to integrate these people », they won't be around most of the time.

Worse still: How do you move from a project of rather abstract photography at La Défense to the postcard-landscapes of Provence, photographed a million times before you get there? Or how do you write about your experience without subconsciously plagiarising Marcel Pagnol or Peter Mayle?

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