23 October 2015

"Bon pied Bon oeil" Photo Competition

The results are in!

"Nature in the city" or "Urban Nature" was the theme of this year's contest sponsored by la Maison Rhodanienne de l'Environnement. 80+ participants submitted more than 120 photos between 20 March and 30 August.

Winners were announced at the awards ceremony on 1 October 2015 at the bookstore Raconte-moi la Terre in Lyon.

If you visit the expo (tip: the photos are exposed in the café part of the bookstore, in the back), you just may recognise a photo from a previous Got France in my Pants post (here) hanging on the wall. It doesn't say so, but this photo was the public jury's choice for second place.

To see all the photos that were submitted for the contest, click here.

You can see all 12 winning photos at Raconte-moi la Terre until 2 November.

06 October 2015

Did You Know...? Part 13

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Of the 34 species of bat (les chauves-souris) found in France, 30 of them can be observed (right place, right time) in the Rhône-Alpes region.

The Rhône-Alpes region contains 8 départements — Ain, Ardèche, Drôme, Haute-Savoie, Isère, Loire, Rhône and Savoie — all of which offer the bats a rich variety of habitat of mountains, river basins, hills and plains, and a Mediterranean zone.

All species of bat living in Europe today are insectivores, meaning they help regulate insect population, everything from the smallest mosquito to the larger grasshoppers and June bugs.

In France, all species of bat are protected. What's threatening them? Human activity mostly, i.e. urban sprawl, loss of natural habitat, light pollution, wind turbines, etc.

So the next time you are in the Rhône-Alpes region and it's dusk, look up. You just might catch a glimpse of a winged shadow darting above your head, the ancestors of which flew through the same air 55 million years ago.

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And if you want to know more about bats, check out the book "Les chauves-souris de Rhône-Alpes" (Bats of the Rhône-Alpes) published by La Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux Coordination Rhône-Alpes (LPO Rhône-Alpes).

It's a beautifully illustrated, 480 page work (in French only) that, if you manage to read it all, will make you a living expert in the only mammal to have conquered flight like birds.

Any detailed information about bats cited above, which I certainly did not know before, came from this source:
Groupe Chiropètres de la LPO Rhône-Alpes (2014), Les chauves-souris de Rhône-Alpes, LPO Rhône-Alpes, Lyon, 480 p.

04 October 2015

Blood Moon, Supermoon

A lot has happened around the world in the six days since the moon slipped into, and then back out of, a total eclipse. Here are a few pictures of how it looked from Lyon, France during the early morning hours of 28 September 2015.

The next full eclipse of the moon will take place on 31 January 2018.

(click on the images to see a larger view)

04:47 GMT +2 - The moon in maximum eclipse

05:12 GMT + 2 — exposure time 2 seconds

05/16 GMT +2 — exposure time 4 seconds
The dots of coloured light come from an airplane passing in front
of the moon during exposure.

05:30 GMT +2 — exposure time 2 seconds
The moon on its way out of the eclipse.
images are ©Alex Quici

02 October 2015

The Canucks played hard, they played fast, but it wasn't enough to overcome a strong French team.

And how did Rémy Grosso do in his début match? He scored a try in the 74th minute.

This link here will take you to a highlights video of the game on the Rugby World Cup website (with commentary in English).

Up next for the XV de France — Ireland on 11 October to decide the winner of Pool D.