didn’t originally plan on going geek today but a little research on what this visual effect might be called shows that “The stroboscopic effect is a visual phenomenon caused by aliasing that occurs when continuous motion is represented by a series of short or instantaneous samples. It occurs when the view of a moving object is represented by a series of short samples as distinct from a continuous view, and the moving object is in rotational or other cyclic motion at a rate close to the sampling rate.”
in other words, like dancers at a disco, the subject should be moving in one way or another for us to get the out-of-sync effect whereas the gif above and others i’ve shared here of similar concept; several otherwise static images from a single original photo edited differently and giffed as one seem stroboscopic but aren’t since nothing is actually moving. there are three images in this gif, the colour original, a HDR filter colour version and a black and white version. what appears to be moving is just the eye/mind’s out-of-sync reaction to the different edits.

now, stroboscopic doesn’t have an antonym and i’m not even sure the term would apply anyhow so all i’m left with is a throbbing headache from researching all this whilst this damned landscape of a Pyrenean valley i photographed yesterday keeps on blinking… and i’ll have to leave the title at that. i still hope you like the image, even if it hurts.


Aude valley
photographed this afternoon in a place i love to go to think about nothing in particular and even if that nothing always has some elements of fly fishing, today’s post doesn’t have much to with fishing but since i’m always interested in seeing where other people live i thought i’d start doing the same. this area is the french département named Aude. like all other départements in France its named after the major river that runs through it.

starting off in the Pyrenées mountains somewhere near the highest peak visible in the background, it does what rivers are supposed to do; give us peace, fill our ears with nice gurgly sounds and of course give birth and provide life to all sorts of lovely creatures but today’s little trip was about taking in the sky, something that’s a lot harder to do riverside, specially when that riverside is mostly at the bottom of often steep canyons.

dry excursions like this are a little like knowing you have several bars of good chocolate in the cupboard while not giving in to the natural reaction of reaching for them. happy in the knowledge that they’re impatiently waiting to be nibbled, they’ll remain untouched until the calling calls.

aude valley 2

long cuts:

they’re the opposite of short cuts.

i know that doesn’t make a lot of sense. going the longer way from point A to B isn’t cutting anything, this greatly increases travel expenses and the term doesn’t really exist anyhow but it somehow sounds appropriate.
course sunset m.fauvet:tlc 27-1-15
i’ve always had this fantasy of pushing this long-cutting to the extreme by going all the way around the globe to reach point B.
i guess i’ll have to start saving up to get a decent camper vehicle and a lot of memory cards for the cameras. but then, if i do, i guess i won’t really be aiming to come back to point B…


Stonefly exoskeletons  (order: Plecoptera) found near a french Pyrenean river. it’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly but i believe them to be of the Leuctra ariega species even if they seem to be a bit too big for that particular bug.
whatever they are they’re beautiful and i know the trouts like them too…


one and six

as much as i tried, don’t always make seven.

as waters at home are all frozen, yesterday was my first fishing outing of 2012. i was after perch trying out some new streamer designs on a little lake in the Pyrenean foothills (southern france) and although i got a few follows, the only thing i caught where trout. go figure…

here’s no 1
 and here’s  no. 6 !
life doesn’t always go as planned but i won’t complain…

fishin’ hole

one of my favorite playgrounds.

nestled in the french pyrenean foot hills, it’s filled with smallish native brown trout or Farios as they’re called locally (Salmo trutta morpha fario). because of the difficult terrain they see very little fishing pressure which makes them sometimes rather easy to catch.
access isn’t as easy as it looks… and in some areas, navigating from one area to the next necessitates either swimming or drifting downstream but it’s a welcome treat during the hot summers and well worth the extra trouble to see these magnificent creatures close up !