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Alaska cruise August 2023

Left Montreal for Vancouver to board the Sapphire Princess on the 23rd.


Sapphire Princess

We had a cabin with a balcony (smaller than expected) on the 12th beck. Princess is recognized for the quality of food but have not been impressed.

The boat made 3 stops; Ketchikan, Juneau, and Skagway, in addition to entering Glacier Bay (only 3 companies have permission to navigate there).


We did some searches before departure to know what to wear and what to see and we chose our excursions accordingly. Unfortunately, we have not seen bears, wild goats, or eagles, but we have seen many marine animals including whales. I took 2 cameras: The Sony Cybershot for landscapes and the Nikon Z6ii with the 100-400 zoom for animals.

Before our departure, we expected to have cold and rainy weather, but the weather was gorgeous during our trip!

On the 25th in Ketchikan, we attended a Lumberjack show and then visited the Bight Totem Park and made a city tour during which we could see the salmon swimming up the rivers.

On the 26th in Juneau, we went to see the Mendenhall glacier and, in the afternoon, took a boat excursion to see the whales. The weather was ideal and we were spoiled by the show the whales put up.

On the 27th in Skagway, we took the White Pass Train at an altitude of more than a thousand meters, a good part of the road to reach the train was in the clouds, at certain times we did not see 5 meters ahead. After that went to a ranch to do the panning followed by a barbecue (not good). In the afternoon we went for a walk in town (tiny).


On the 28th at sea, the boat entered the Glacier Bay, The weather was superb, and we were treated to a wonderful glacier show. At the front of the boat, it was extremely cold, we had to wear winter clothes, tuque, scarf, gloves … We also saw some seals, otters, and orcas.

On the 29th College Fjord in the mist

On the 30th Anchorage, the ship docked very early in the morning in Wittier, disembarked and took a bus to Anchorage for the flight to Vancouver.
The 31st back to Montreal.

Exhibiting at ART TRAM Salon 2023

I am exhibiting several photographs at the Salon

Salon ART TRAM 2023

Salon ART TRAM 2023



The best photos taken at the Technoparc of Montreal – 2020

Every Saturday since May I go on an image hunting expedition at the Technoparc in Montreal. It is a preserved wetland where birds of all kinds swarm. I have listed 25 species and I am sure there are many more!

I am using a Nikon D750 with a 200-500 zoom lens. Usually I take my pictures there at extremely high speed, typically between 1/1000 and 1/2000 of a second. And often I “shoot” in bursts of 3 to 6 photos per second. This is how I managed to take some intersting sequences that I present to you here.

Some shots are not as sharp as I would like them to be because either the birds are really very far away and therefore I do a lot of cropping to represent them, or the light conditions are not ideal and since I am working at very high speed necessarily the ISO increases and the grain too! For “post-processing” I use Adobe’s Lightroom.

The sequences

(Click to see)

Egret taking flight

Egret landing

Egret fishing

Woodpecker the mating season


I have also prepared a slideshow of a selection of the best photos from this season.  You will see photos of the following species:

Egret, Goose, Night heron, Cardinal, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Greater Yellowlegs, Starling, Falcon, Canadian Jay, Heron, Green Heron, Swallow, Black Swallow, Waxwing, Kingfisher, Blackbird, Tit, Sparrow, Flycatcher, Warbler, Woodpecker, Flaming Woodpecker, Common Tyrant, Hawk

The slideshow

The most beautiful photos


Cape Horn Cruise

23 day trip, started in Buenos Aires, where we spent 5 days, followed by a 14 day cruise on the Norvegian Star, 2,300 passengers, which took us around Cape Horn to the port of San Antonio at Chile, from there transfer to Santiago to take the plane back.


Our cruise

We really liked Buenos Aires, a very beautiful city that reminded us a lot of Paris. Very beautiful avenues, buildings with architecture from the beginning of the 20th century, very beautiful parks, beautiful statues everywhere.

Our hotel was in a great location, opposite the obelisk, very close to the Colon Theater and near a superb park, Lavalle. We have adopted a charming bistro a stone’s throw from the hotel “Le Petit Colon” for our coffee breaks.

Took a city tour, visit the famous Recoleta cemetery, the La Boca district and a superb 3 De Febrero garden. Went to  a Tango dinner show

One day, we went to see the Iguazu Falls, 2 hours by plane, very impressive. A tiring day, we walked for almost 4 hours under a blazing sun.


Iguazu Falls

We really enjoyed the cruise, the boat was very good, food, in general excellent, courteous and kind services, high quality shows, lots of activities every day to keep you busy if you wanted. We had a cabin with balcony on deck number nine, very comfortable and well designed.

Norvegian Star

Norvegian Star

The boat made 6 stops, Montevideo in Uruguay, Puerto Madryn in Argentina, Stantley in the Falkland Islands, Ushuaia in Argentina and Punta Arenas, Puerto Chacabuco and Puerto Montt in Chile. We took 6 excursions, 4 were excellent, one was OK and one bad.

In Montevideo we did not take an excursion but went down for a walk, we ended up on a corniche which reminded us a lot of that of Alexandria.

In Puerto Madryn and the In Puerto Madryn and the Falklands we visited penguin colonies, saw an albino penguin, something very rare.





At the Falklands

In Punta Arenas we went to a sheep farm, where we were treated to demonstrations; shepherd dog, swimming and shearing sheep.  We were welcomed with Pisco Sour cocktail and an excellent meal of braised mutton was served with Chiliean wines.


Shearing of a sheep


Berger avec chien

In Ushuaia and Puerto Montt we are we went on catamaran trips and visited national parks, perfect weather (incredible! We were told to dress warmly, but it was not really necessary) and breathtaking landscapes



Magda and I were a great team taking  a lot of photos.

The weather was ideal during the whole trip, which is remarkable because it is often windy, the sea is rough and it rains in this corner of the world. At Cape Horn, where the weather was superb, the captain, who was Greek, said “This is what happens when the captain speaks the language of Poseidon“.

At Cape Horn

At the Cape Horn

In 2 places, at Cape Horn and in front of the Chilean fjords the captain had the boat made a 360 degrees so that everyone could admire the view.

Taken nearly 2,000 photos, we had 2 cameras, the Nikon D750 with 2 lenses, including the 200-500, The CyberShot and my Galaxy phone.

In Santiago again the hotel was very well located. Took a city tour and then stroll a bit to the Plaza de Armas. We witnessed a shoplifting theft in a pharmacy, where the security guard caught the thieves. ”

Santiago is a beautiful city unfortunately disfigured by graffiti, the result of violent demonstrations that took place in the fall.

Quelques photos du voyage

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Submitted several photos to the photos contest “La montagne en image”

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