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Karim SAARI

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Calanques

Published May 1st, 2014

A calanque (from the Corsican and Occitan words of pre-Indo-European origin calanca (plural calanche in Corsican, calancas in Occitan) with meaning "inlet" ) is a steep-walled inlet, cove, or bay that is developed in limestone, dolomite, or other carbonate strata and found along the Mediterranean coast. A calanque is a steep-sided valley formed within karstic regions either by fluvial erosion or the collapse of the roof of a cave that has been subsequently partially submerged by a rise in sea level. (Wikipedia)

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The French Basque Country

Published December 25th, 2013

The French Basque Country or Northern Basque Country (French: Pays basque français, Spanish: País Vasco francés, Basque: Iparralde, i.e. "the North Side") situated within the western part of the French department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques constitutes the north-eastern part of the Basque Country.

With 2,869 km², it is delimited in the north by the department of Landes, in the west by the Bay of Biscay, in the south by the southern Basque Country and in the east by Béarn (although in the Bearnese village of Esquiule Basque is spoken), which is the eastern part of the department. Bayonne and Biarritz (conglomeration BAB) are its chief towns. It is a popular tourist destination and is somewhat distinct from neighbouring parts of either France or the southern Basque Country, since it was not industrialized as Biscay or Gipuzkoa and remained agricultural and a beach destination.

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Quiet Places

Published December 7th, 2013

some shots of my favorite places

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Biarritz

Published July 23rd, 2013

Biarritz (French pronunciation: ​[bjaʁits]; Basque: Biarritz [biarits̻] or Miarritze [miarits̻e]; Gascon Occitan: Biàrritz [ˈbjarits]) is a city on the Bay of Biscay, on the Atlantic coast in the Pyrénées Atlantiques department in southwestern France. It is a luxurious seaside town and is popular with tourists and surfers.

Biarritz is located in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in the Aquitaine region. It is adjacent to Bayonne and Anglet and 11 miles (18 kilometres) from the border with Spain. It is in the traditional province of Labourd in the French Basque Country.

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Lavender

Published July 20th, 2013

Lavandula (common name Lavender) is a genus of 39 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, southern Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. Many members of the genus are cultivated extensively in temperate climates as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, for use as culinary herbs, and also commercially for the extraction of essential oils. The most widely cultivated species, Lavandula angustifolia is often referred to as lavender, and there is a colour named for the shade of the flowers of this species.

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★ Provence, la côte bleue

Published June 1st, 2013

The Côte Bleue (Provençal Occitan: Còsta Blava) is part of Provence's southwestern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, reaching from Marseille to the Étang de Berre.

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★ Sunset Dreams 2

Published April 28th, 2013

Sunset or sundown is the daily disappearance of the Sun below the western half of the horizon...

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[M]arseille

Published January 20th, 2013

Nestled between sea and hills, Marseille is an amazing city that moves with the seasons and passions. Founded 2600 years ago, the oldest city in France combines the richness of a unique heritage, an intense cultural life, and an exceptional location.

Sometimes affectionate, sometimes rebellious, she loves to seduce the visitor who seldom resists the charm of 111 different districts, the mild climate and the secrets of its gastronomy.

Although it is France's second largest city, it has remembered and retained values ​​of sharing that have shaped its territory for centuries and is still known as the "Phocaean city" in memory of the ancient Greeks from Asia Minor who founded the city here.

It is a port city with a strong identity, and has also kept abreast of the changes throughout time to become an important capital of the Mediterranean Basin open to the world .

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[Euskadi graffitis]

Published December 30th, 2012

In modern times, paint, particularly spray paint, and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials.

In most countries, marking or painting property without the property owner's consent is considered defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable crime.

Graffiti may also express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic expression is based upon spray paint graffiti styles. Within hip hop culture, graffiti has evolved alongside hip hop music, b-boying, and other elements.

Unrelated to hip-hop graffiti, gangs use their own form of graffiti to mark territory or to serve as an indicator of gang-related activities.

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[Marseille | L'Estaque]

Published November 13th, 2012

L'Estaque est un quartier de Marseille, situé dans le 16e arrondissement, à l'extrémité nord-ouest de la ville, entre mer et colline, et comportant un petit port. Ses habitants sont les Estaquéens.

Ancien hameau isolé de pêcheurs et de fabricants de tuiles, L'Estaque devient à la fin du XIXe siècle un village d'ouvriers d'usines et une station balnéaire. Entre 1870 et 1914, ses paysages sont une source d'inspiration pour des peintres célèbres, tels que Paul Cézanne, Georges Braque, ou Auguste Renoir. À partir des années 1940, l'économie industrielle s'effondre et L'Estaque est ravagée par la crise économique et les problèmes d'urbanismes, comme l'illustrent des films de René Allio et plus récemment de Robert Guédiguian, avant d'importantes actions sociales et urbaines à partir des années 1990.

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★Cloudy Skies

Published September 30th, 2012

In meteorology, a cloud is a visible mass of liquid droplets or frozen crystals made of water or various chemicals suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of a planetary body. These suspended particles are also known as aerosols. Clouds in earth's atmosphere are studied in the cloud physics branch of meteorology. Two processes, possibly acting together, can lead to air becoming saturated: cooling the air or adding water vapor to the air. In general, precipitation will fall to the surface; an exception is virga, which evaporates before reaching the surface.

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★ Biarritz, The Basque Coast, South West France

Published September 15th, 2012

Biarritz is one of the principal resorts on the Basque Coast and the most famous part of the Basque country...

Biarritz came to fame in the mid 19th Century, when Empress Eugenie (the wife of Napoleon III) fell in love with this part of the Basque country and built a Palace on the beach at Biarritz (which is now the world class Hotel du Palais) and a centre with natural springs at Eugenie les Bains in the Landes.

Eugenie invited foreign royalty to stay with their entourages and courtiers; Queen Victoria of Britain, who came regularly over a period of 30 years, and sundry Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, German, Russian nobility.

The Russians built their own magnificent Orthodox Church next to the Palace.

The principle architecture in Biarritz was not typically Basque, but rather a blend of 19th century city residences, large and expansive, made of local stone bricks. If you bought one of these houses now, you would probably find titles such as the Prince, Duke, Baron, Marquee etc. on the tit ...

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★ High dynamic range Images

Published September 14th, 2012

High dynamic range (HDR) images enable photographers to record a greater range of tonal detail than a camera could capture in a single photo. This opens up a whole new set of lighting possibilities which one might have previously avoided — for purely technical reasons. The new "merge to HDR" feature of Photoshop accomplishes this by combining a series of bracketed exposures into a single image, which encompasses the tonal detail of the entire series.

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★ Little Big Planet

Published September 9th, 2012

These are complete immersive panoramic images (A complete spherical field of view... It's like a 0mm lens...You can use software like Hugin to stitch them, and Flexify to manipulate them. By taking 360x180 panoramas and stitching them in certain ways, the environments will look like little planets, inverted planets, or a number of other crazy things.

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★ Sunset Dreams

Published September 7th, 2012

Sunset or sundown is the daily disappearance of the Sun below the horizon in the west as a result of Earth's rotation.

The time of sunset is defined in astronomy as the moment when the trailing edge of the Sun's disk disappears below the horizon in the west. The ray path of light from the setting Sun is highly distorted near the horizon because of atmospheric refraction, making the sunset appear to occur when the Sun’s disk is already about one diameter below the horizon. Sunset is distinct from dusk, which is the moment at which darkness falls, which occurs when the Sun is approximately eighteen degrees below the horizon. The period between sunset and dusk is called twilight.

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★ Macro photography Flowers

Published September 5th, 2012

Macro photography (or photomacrography or macrography, and sometimes macrophotography[3]) is extreme close-up photography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size (though macrophotography technically refers to the art of making very large photographs). By some definitions, a macro photograph is one in which the size of the subject on the negative or image sensor is life size or greater. However in other uses it refers to a finished photograph of a subject at greater than life size.

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★ Sk8 attitude ~ Sosh Freestyle Cup (World Cup ...

Published September 3rd, 2012

Skateboarding is an action sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard. Skateboarding can also be considered a recreational activity, an art form, a job, or a method of transportation. Skateboarding has been shaped and influenced by many skateboarders throughout the years. A 2002 report found that there were 18.5 million skateboarders in the world. 85% of skateboarders polled who had used a board in the last year were under the age of 18, and 74% were male.

Skateboarding is relatively modern. Since the 1970s, skateparks have been constructed specifically for use by skateboarders, bikers and inline skaters.

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★ Colour Of Provence

Published September 2nd, 2012

Imagine fields of bright purple and delicate mauve under a deep blue sky, take a deep breath and experience the true scent and colour of Provence.

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★ The Basque Coast

Published September 1st, 2012

Everything is possible on the Basque Coast, an nothing is ever too far away.

Because you can stroll through streets steeped in history at your leisure, delve into the essence of Basque culture, take

part in the ritual of its gastronomy, or be a citizen of the world in Biarritz and Donostia - San Sebastian.

What´s more, the Basque Coast is the ideal place for indulging in nature, sports. A broad sports and leisure infrastructure covers all the possibililites you can imagine: sailing, surfing, underwater diving, horseriding, golf,...

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★ The calanques between Marseille and Cassis

Published September 1st, 2012

The calanques between Marseille and Cassis are popular amongst tourists and locals alike, offering several vantage points (such as the Corniche des Crêtes and Cap Canaille) allowing spectacular panoramas. A great number of hikers frequent the area, following numerous pre-marked trails. The cliffs are also used as training spots for rock climbers. However, this excessive use has posed problems of potential damage to this delicate microhabitat.

Most of the calanques are also closed to the public during the summer (typically July through September) due to the risks of forest fire that often happen during the dry season.

The best time to visit calanques is probably March through May, when temperatures are still quite fresh and, unlike autumn and winter, rain is usually quite rare. As no fresh water sources are available in the calanques, it is advised to carry large supplies of water, especially during the hot summer to prevent serious dehydration.

Boat tours are also available starting ei ...

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★ Dream Views Made in Marseille

Published September 1st, 2012

Massilia (Gr. Marseilles) was a Greek city of Gallia Narbonensis situated on the coast of the Mediterranean, east of the Rhone. Marseilles contained a wonderful harbor on a small half mile inlet forming a narrow opening.

Marseille (in English traditionally spelled Marseilles, pronounced /mɑrˈseɪ/; French pronunciation: [maʁsɛj]; locally [mɑχˈsɛjɐ]; in Occitan Marselha or Marsiho [maʀˈsejɔ, maʀˈsijɔ]), formerly known as Massalia (from Greek: Μασσαλία), is the second most populous city in France, after Paris, with a population of 852,395 within its administrative limits on a land area of 240.62 km2 (93 sq mi). The urban area of Marseille extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of over 1,420,000 on an area of 1,204 km2 (465 sq mi). 1,530,000 or 1,601,095 people live in the Marseille metropolitan area. Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is France's largest commercial port and largest French city on the Mediterranean coast. ...

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