Archive for October, 2009

Wine harvest in Vernou(Vendange 2009 à Vernou)

The wine harvest in France happens in October. Fall. L’automne. I present some images here from two weeks ago when we had a day of harvesting grapes/vendange in the biological vineyards of friends, where picking is still done by hand.  A family/friends day, where all family and friends started the Saturday off early morning with coffee and croissants, picking with vigour, enjoying a big lunch, restarting with heavy limbs, but still enough energy to engage in grape fights, and ending the day sticky, dead tired, but content and with fun memories. Until next autumn.

…early morning start…

vendange- in the vineyard

…fit as a fiddle…


…empty the buckets…


…into the remorque…


…piling up…


…picking some more…

vendange-picking 1

…soon to be…

vendange-grappe de raisin


vendange-casse croute

…afternoon picking…

vendange-vignoble 1

…taking a break…


..going home…


An entry for Sundaystills.

Catching the wave.

With time speeding towards the end of the year, our Hawai’i  holiday feels far in the past. But the memories of a holiday spent in beautiful weather and in beautiful surroundings will stay vivid and and alive.

Having spent a whole morning just watching and capturing the surfers gave me some real burnt shoulders, but also some nice images. I used my long lens to get hold of the surfers deep in the ocean. The waves and surfing were much more spectacular the previous day, but as is always the case, I didn’t have my big lens on me. This young surfer caught my eye as he really showed no fear, took absolutely every wave he could, sometimes “literally eating dust ” (if that can happen inthe water!) and took such pleasure in his board and the waves that he became the focus of my camera. Such uninhibited joy can’t go unnoticed and should be recorded!

…catching the wave…!

surfing 8

…cool riding…!

surfing 4

…climbing high..!

surfing 7

…calculated tumult…!

surfing 3

…courageous flip…!

surfing 10

More pictrues of the Hawaii trip can be seen here at Myfrenchkitchen: travel.

An entry for Sunday stills.