Wednesday, 19 October 2011

A Celestial Réunion

From NewsWatch on National Geographic:

"This slideshow of 35 pictures is the result of 18 months of night shooting realized on Réunion Island. These images show the diversity of landscapes of Réunion under the starry sky. Most of these pictures were done in the area of the Piton de la Fournaise, volcano area free from light pollution. The night sky is a unique show and this slideshow is here to attest: stunning Milky Way, planetary conjunctions, lunar eclipse, meteor, star trail, moonlight landscape. Each image is built so that the spectators feel the immensity of the universe and realize the fragility of their condition. Astronomy is a great science because it opens the gates of dreams. One of the targets of this slideshow is to carry you in this dreamlike universe and no doubt that the "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven will guide you. These 35 pictures of astro-photographic landscapes are currently the subject of an exhibition in the city of Saint-Denis in Réunion Island. They will be on display until 29 October 2011."

Links are mine.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Maido Forest Adventure Park

Last week we went with a group to "La forêt de l'aventure" which is a site near the Maïdo with tree top trails. Great fun was had by all!

There are lots of zip lines.

The course consists of several trees linked by different acrobatic elements made of rope and wood.

But also lots of trickier obstacles.

It takes about 2 - 2½ hours to do the whole course.

This one involved launching yourself on a rope towards a net:

Afterwards we had a Creole picnic with lots of different carris.

rougail saucisses (a carri with sausages)

carri ti-jacques (with jack-fruit and smoked meat)

If don't know Reunion Island and want to find out more here's a link.