Monthly Archives: February 2015

(of) humpback whales & néné geese…:-)

Maui and Kauai are a hub and an official sanctuary for the Pacific humpback whales. They spend the winter here, bearing their young in the warm, shallow waters. Newborns are 3-4m long and weigh a svelte 1-2 tons. Adults may reach 14m in length, and weigh 30-40 tons. During the mating season, males produce a hauntingly beautiful “song” – a series of whistles, groans, creaks, screeches, that are supposed to help establish territory or attract females. Strict federal regulations forbid boats from moving too close, but these intelligent creatures may approach them to our joy. Tail markings are used to identify whales – they’re similar to human fingerprints. Watching them, I simply felt swept away by a tide back to an era where time did not exist since it has begun with mankind…

N.B. The fate of the largest animal on the planet has been in jeopardy for decades, like that of hundreds of other species. Days and hours pass by, but time, unfortunately, is not on their side. Their survival depends on us all: let’s save and let’s protect the endangered species!!! Read or reread the legendary novel “Moby Dick” (The White Whale) by Herman Melville and/or (re)watch the classic movie with Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab. Last but not least: @the “Pacific Whale Foundation”, everyone respectfully mentioned the famous French Commandant Cousteau and his son, Jean-Michel who continues his papa’s work via “Ocean Futures Society”. 🙂

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Néné(nay-nay) or the Hawaiian endemic goose has been proclaimed the state bird in 1959; it looks like its Canadian “cousin”, but it’s smaller: 1,2 – 2,5 kg. The regal “néné” is kinda sweet and calm, it has a black face and crown and cream-colored cheeks. The neck is pale grayish, streaked with black and has a narrow dark ring at the base. The body plumage and folded wings are gray-brown with transverse barring. Its bill, legs and feet are black and the iris is dark brown. Both sexes are similar in appearance, but males typically are larger. They are found only in the Hawaiian Islands and are the only extant species of goose not occurring naturally in continental areas. I approached them in the crater of Haleakala, Maui and in Kilauea, Kauai – between 1,200 and 2,400m above sea level. Classified and protected as an endangered species, and just about 2000 are still living across the Hawaiian islands. These cute birds reminded me of “Nils Holgersson’s wonderful journey across Sweden”(by Selma Lagerlöf) with his wild and smart goose… 🙂

au-dessus des nuages, sous le vent…:-)

motto:”Tous les jours de ma vie, j’ai autant désiré voyager sur le bon chemin que de prendre mon propre sentier errant…”(Sigrid Undset – Kristin Lavransdatter)

je voyage au-dessus des nuages et au-delà de mon imaginaire en sachant que le soleil s’y cache… je regarde passer des îlots paisibles de soie dentelée dans l’immensité du ciel bleu avec l’espoir de vie et de survie… mes pensées, mes rêveries, mes souvenirs s’envolent vers un lieu éphémère, imprévisible, mystérieux… en bas, les vagues de l’océan turquoise sont piégés dans un vaisseau invisible qui semble voguer à travers un abysse d’étoiles… nous venons de rentrer d’un royaume lointain et inoubliable sur les ailes de l’albatros métallique, mais notre plage pacifique nous attendra toujours… le temps défile devant mes yeux, je me lève et j’essaie de l’attraper – sous le vent… 🙂
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Garou & Céline Dion – Sous le vent:

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motto:“All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant pathway…”(Sigrid Undset – Kristin Lavransdatter)

I travel above the clouds and beyond my imagination, knowing the sun is still there… I look at the quiet islets, made of silky lace, spread all over the vast blue sky with the hope of life and survival… my thoughts, my dreams, my memories fly to an ephemeral, unpredictable, mysterious venue… down below, the waves of the turquoise ocean are trapped in an invisible ship that seems to sail across a starry abyss… we’ve just gotten back from a remote and unforgettable realm upon the wings of a metal albatross, but our Pacific beach will always wait for us… time is running before my eyes, I get up and I try to catch it – in the wind… 🙂

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