Vine in spring
Reben im Frühling
Vignes en printemps
Sunday 6 May 2012
Thursday 29 March 2012
Saturday 4 February 2012
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)
Thursday 14 April 2011
Friday 16 July 2010
Of course, I could have reported on a trip to the newly opened
Centre Pompidou in Metz at the end of May, but it was cold and
raining then (!), and the light was not right for the pictures I wanted to
take. I will be back there soon, I hope.
Saturday 22 May 2010
Monday 9 March 2009
By Hans-Josef Jeanrond on Monday 9 March 2009, 15:20
Six weeks after the mimosas flowering in Bormes les Mimosas, spring is
finally arriving in the valleys beyond the coast line. It came about a week
later than last year, and the blossoming is not quite as abundant this
The image above is of our mirabelle tree. It has lost a few branches in storms and seems to have produced a ton of fruit last year in order to ensure procreation. Luckily it survived both storms and over-abundant fruit production (leading to the loss of more branches), but is flowering with a lot more parsimony this year
Monday 16 February 2009
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.
Friday 6 February 2009
Sunday 1 February 2009
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
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.
Thursday 28 August 2008
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Wednesday 6 August 2008
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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.
Wednesday 23 July 2008
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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.
Monday 14 July 2008
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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?