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VI. A step towards future

Opening to the world

After five years of traveling, I am back in France with the desire to jump in the future. The first step involves the creation of content reflecting my skills and intended for my candidacy in the University of Bristol Wildlife Filmmaking Course. I focus on nature and animals. The world around me. During the months of November, December 2019 and January 2020, I work on the creation of videos, photographs and articles on the subject of Camargue and more broadly on the theme of flora and fauna. I seek to develop my understanding of the environment around me and my observation of wildlife. Then in February 2020, I am back in Chamonix for a second season in hospitality while awaiting the response of my application to Bristol. As I have been working for several weeks, a global health crisis starts following the appearance of a new virus and the world ends up in quarantine.
Keywords: flamingos, Camargue, nature, observation, chamonix, tourism, pandemic, coronavirus, readjustment, decision.

Nine months – November 2019 to August 2020 – France

dispatches.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

photos and videos.

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

Mountain diversity

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

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.

An artic fox - Hornstrandir - Iceland - © Claire Blumenfeld

Wildlife

Wild animals are a source of discovery and permanent inspiration.

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

Pink feathers

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