On the path of a meaningful life

Texts, photographs and videos by Claire B.

Sustainable buildling and light habitats. to transform the act of building and rethink our relationship with living things.
Transition tales. towards an ethical, sustainable and united future.
Travel dispatches. discovering the world between solo journeys and life experiences.
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Category: France

A straw bale extension

Third stay with Jules to participate in the construction of a straw bale extension with vegetalized roof.

Roofing and tiles

Continuation of the renovation worksite in the Hautes-Alpes with finishing of the roof and laying of tiles.

Hands in senses

Being amazed at the contact of herbalists persons, discovering a project that makes sense and finding answers for the future.

Rabou, Hautes-Alpes, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Observing paradise

Living on the heights of Gap in winter and immerse myself in the shapes and the perfect landscapes of the Gapençaise region.

Ried valley, Alsace, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

On the way to light habitats

What does living in a Tiny House mean? Making a choice and orienting myself professionally on the path of eco-construction.

Limousin, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

About raw wood furniture

Using wood in a raw and respectful way to put creativity and simplicity back at the heart of our living spaces.

Limousin, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Harvesting chestnuts

Discovering what it means to harvest chestnuts in a traditional way in one of the main producing region, the Limousin.

Limousin, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

In contact with the Simples

Living on a family farm for two weeks in the heart of Limousin and realizing that things are not that simple.

Volunteering in eco-construction, Presqu'île de Crozon, Bretagne, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Earth and lime plasters

Application, during a participatory worksite, of lime plaster on the exterior walls and earth plaster on the interior walls.

Volunteering on a straw house construction site, Crozon peninsula, Brittany, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

For a living architecture

Volunteering on the construction site of a house built in straw located on the Crozon peninsula at the end of Brittany.

Normandy, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

An oasis in Normandy

Two weeks of wwoofing in the heart of Normandy to discover within an eco-farm the beginnings of permaculture and another way of living.

Volunteering in eco-construction, Presqu'île de Crozon, Bretagne, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Opening

One day at the end of August 2020 I left. My head full of questions about the future of our lifestyles and our societies, I set out to discover and learn other possibilities.

Dévoluy, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Rays of light

Summer stretches between heat, walks and questions and my future branches off towards a new direction.

Vercors, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Nature and beauty

Observation, poetry and naturalism. I continue to observe nature and its intrinsic beauty.

Chamonix, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Changes to come

The end of the confinement is looming and I return to Provence with questions in my head.

Chamonix, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Mountain diversity

Nature is complex, diverse and beautiful. Taking a poetic approach, the new point of view reveals the beauty all around us.

Chamonix, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

In a world at a standstill

France is confined to try to slow the spread of the virus and I observe nature budding with the arrival of Spring.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Greater Flamingos

Aesthetic appearance, courtship displays, large colonies, Greater Flamingos are special birds.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Mimicry

Early January, I note the increase in belligerent behavior between Greater Flamingos and wonder about their mimicry.

Provence, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

End of the year in Provence

Stroll in the Provencal landscapes in winter, rediscovery of the Garrigue and conclusions about this end of a decade.

Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Land of nature and men

What is Camargue? How have history and human exploitation shaped this deltaic plain? And what are the current challenges for the natural environment?

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Flamingo ballet

Movements of a colony of Greater Flamingos illustrated through rhythm and repetition.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Flights and behaviors

Observation at the end of the day in Camargue of flamingos’ flights and behavior.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Pink feathers

Pink, red and white. Poetic impressions about the Flamingo of Camargue.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Courtship displays

Observation of a flamingo colony doing courtship displays in Camargue.

Greater flamingos in Camargue, France © Claire B. - Please do not use without authorization

Close-up discovery

Discovery of Greater Flamingos up close at the Pont de Gau ornithological park.

The Vallée Blanche, Chamonix, France © Claire Blumenfeld

The Alps

The Alps are a very large mountain range with diversified relief spanning across Europe.

Interval in Provence

After seven months in Chamonix, I returned to Provence to visit my parents and prepare my next travels.

A breath of Spring

End of my stay in Chamonix. Spring is back, I find motivation again and I take the opportunity to do a few activities.

The black hole

The first months of 2019 are difficult. Winter is passing in Chamonix and I am facing depression.

In the arms of winter

The good weather has passed, the tourists are back in the streets of Chamonix and my morale is playing hide and seek.

Lac Blanc, Aiguilles Rouges massif, Chamonix valley, France © Claire Blumenfeld

Enchanted hikes

The Chamonix valley is ideal for hiking and I take advantage of the perfect weather to explore it.

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