I was camped on the beach in front of stacks of Dyrholaey in Iceland, waiting the passage of a storm with winds at 120 km / h. Suddenly the rain stopped and in a strange light gray, the rocks appeared to me in all their beauty emerging from the stormy sea. Immediately prepared the equipment, but the strong wind moving my camera on the tripod, only with the help of 2 friends i was able to take some pictures, this is the best.
On a cold and windy morning in late October, in the Libyan desert, the sky was cloudy and the dunes had a special blue reflection, when suddenly the clouds on the horizon began to be torn letting a beautiful golden light, the contrast of colors was formidable
The last day opening of Denali National Park, I was coming back to the park gate, when broke out a storm on the Alaska Range, the camper bus driver was so kind to stop the bus, so to allow me to photograph it
In this place, everything was magical, the dunes, the sky, the light, the sand. Here you see how the sand converge radially towards the small dry lake at the base of barcana that you see in the background: a very special landscape!
I was in Monument Valley to photograph the rocky pinnacles when the twilight turned neighbor storm clouds of a particular yellow light , the reflected light is expanded in the landscape, giving this particular effect that you see in the picture.
I had just finished to visit a paleosol, rich in historical remains, when by radio came the news that a car of the group was blocked by sand. Waiting for the car rescue, I discovered this strange and high dune of colored sand that had on the base this band of purple sand characterized by abundant veins of different sizes. I tried to compose the shot so that the asymmetry of the band of purple sand was balanced by an equal range of blue sky: this is the result
I arrived on the shores of Lake McDonald in the afternoon and walking on the rocky shore I chose this stretch to photograph the sunrise the next day. The next morning I returned to the shore, the air was still and so is the water that reflected perfectly the mountains behind which the sun was rising
Was a hot day, I had spent doing trekking in the park, I decided to go up to Delicate Arch for sunset watching. Once there, a beautiful golden light illuminated the great arch making it majestic.
The area that I had chosen to compose the image was made from the dry lakebed is seen in the background, the water was a perfect mirror and the warm light of dawn made the scene magic
I was traveling in the backcountry of Adrar Hanet, when at a small Erg I saw this 4 dune cordons overlapped, each with a different color: looked like a painting.
One hour after leaving a wonderful place, I came across this one, which if possible was even more fantastic, a climb of soft golden sand, was inserted between two rocky walls eroded by the elements, such as to seem built from stone blocks, at the top of the hill you could see some cylindrical towers and everything was topped by a sky of an amazing blue just how you can see in high mountains
During the night, a strong wind had incessantly shaken my RV parked on the beach of Jokulsarlon in Iceland. Before dawn, but without conviction I went outside to find some beautiful scenes to photograph. A band with no clouds on the horizon was promising, the dusk was dyed by a lovely shade of orange that beautifully contrasted with the black volcanic beach sand and the deep blue of small icebergs that had stranded them: there was an absolute peace.
I arrived at the waterfall Skogafoss in the early afternoon, the sun was high and the air clear, I looked for a good place to photograph this force of nature, I decided that in center of the stream with water flowing beneath the camera was perfect. The human presence suggests the size of the waterfall
I was driving along the Alcan Highway, in Kluane National Park when I saw this wonderful landscape starting to turn yellow due to the arrival of autumn, taht shining under the sun in all its beauty, the contrast between the warm colors of the bottom and the cold of the upper part was fascinating.
I was driving on the track along the Dades valley in the late afternoon, when, after a curve I was struck by this wonderful landscape, in the total aridity of the High Atlas, the water and the work of man had created this miracle, a cultivated garden in the bottom of the valley flanked by small paths.
Here I was in the north of the Myrdalsjokull glacier in Iceland, during one of the rare sunny moments of that trip. A fantastic bed of silt shaped by the flow of the melting glacier, stretched at my feet. Its soft brown color, beautifully contrasted with the blue sky and the black mountains in the background. I remained a couple of hours to contemplate the landscape.
From Algeria to Mali I entered through the area called Adrar des Iforas. After 5 days in the desert, I came at last to the Niger River. The sight of this river that flows through the desert is beautiful, small villages where the economy is subsistence line the shores, the people are very friendly, but to be able to photograph this acacia on the shore, I worked a lot to move people who wanted to watch the shooting!
I had driven all day in the desert under a beautiful sun, trying to get the Indian Reserve where there is the Monument Valley to see the sunset set fire to the rocky pinnacles. Arrived a couple of hours before sunset, I walked looking for a good place to photograph and placed the camera on the tripod I composed the shot. At the time of sunset an incredible orange light ignited the pinnacles that were dominated by a dramatic sky
The area of Tin Merzouga south east of the oasis of Djanet, is famous for its red sand , the color is so intense that it seems fake, here I was struck by these five rocky cliffs that seem to listen to what is saying the bigger stack, which I nicknamed “the teacher”
I arrived in the afternoon in Seward and there were many fishermen intent to fish for salmon in all the rivers that flow into Resurrection Bay. The sky was gray and you could not see the sun, but at some point everything was gray first began to be tinged with pink, sky and water: a wonderful show
I was traveling in the Hoggar National Park to the south-east of Tamanrasset, when I came to this wonderful place, the brown rocks rose by stretches of golden sand, the sky was deep blue punctuated by great clouds frayed by the wind: I did not want to leave from there
This is a place that people go to Algeria absolutely must see. At 2680 meters above sea level, there is the hermitage of Charles de Faucauld, where you can admire the sunrise over the Hoggar volcanic peaks, surrounded by a beautiful golden light
During the night I slept in the car under a Baobab near the village of Sangha. In the morning just after sunrise I attended a performance of the past, a procession of women carrying 20 or 30 liters of water on the head, between the source and the fields of little onions, so they can irrigate it. Here you see a girl with a 20 liter bowl onto the path that leads to the source.
After another wonderful day of backcountry driving in the Hoggar, I decided to stop for the night in an area called Tiouardiouine Aguermane.
This is a place slightly raised above the surrounding desert, where beautiful rock formations emerging from a sandy desert,
the view is really great, but getting there is not so easy, the sand is very soft and the ATVs coverups are guaranteed. The next morning I decided to take some pictures of these two stacks emerging from a sandy basin,
The light was wonderful
and since that time
that place is in my heart.
This photo was taken at dawn the second time that I returned to Asskrem. The temperature at the time of the photo was 8° Celsius below zero, the wind cold and penetrating, but as always father Zibi who lives here in meditation from many years, has given us a good hot tea and cookies.
The place where I had spent the night, was nothing special, but the lonely tuft of grass draws attention in this abstract world, where form and color penetrate each other in a magnificent way.
In the afternoon I was along a beautiful sandy valley of an ancient wadi, flanked by dark cliffs, at a point sand began to rise on the wall almost to get on top of it, the contrast between the golden sands, the black rock and the blue sky was breathtaking.
The day’s journey was over, I decided to make camp near this rocky tower, walking around I saw the footsteps of a fennec that intersected diagonally sandy ridges. The surface of the sand in the meantime had taken a beautiful orange hue so I decided to record the scene and soon after the sun went down over the horizon.
In this quiet bay on Lake McDonald, I found this beautiful blue canoe that matched perfectly with the colors of dawn, there was a wonderful peace and you could hear the birds singing in the forest: the day was just beginning in the best way.
In this place I spent a wonderful evening under the stars on the last day of the year. At sunset the light was special and in this landscape I was struck by the very different characteristics and colors of sand, velvety apricot-colored dunes in the distance, strongly ridged on the plain in front and tobacco-colored, rough and studded with this microdune in foreground
I arrived at Jokulsarlon lagoon in the late afternoon, it was fresh and some sea lions swimming in the lagoon among the icebergs. Came the sunset but the light was bad, after a while time the sun over the horizon lit up the clouds from below and the lagoon water turned red: it was the most beautiful twilight I have ever seen
Approaching the waterfall Dettifoss, the roar of the water grew more and more, a dense cloud of spray wet the surrounding area downwind, the show was great, the water power was impressive and in this photo I think you will be able to feel it
I was in Wonder Lake from 2 days and the next day the Denali National Park would have been closed for the winter, yet without being able to see Mount Denali. On the morning of the last day the clouds were gone, a cold sun shining on a field of blueberries and finally Mount Denali was visible in all its glory.
In this place I spent a wonderful evening under the stars on the last day of the year. At sunset the light was special and in this landscape I was struck by the very different characteristics and colors of sand, velvety apricot-colored dunes in the distance, strongly ridged on the plain in front and tobacco-colored, rough and studded with 3 microdunes in foreground
This area of Adrar Hanet is very special, because we understand how they were formed sand dunes in this area, because beside mountains of black rock there are stunning dunes with the crests of black sand, as well as mountains partially covered up by sand
On the way back to Tunisia, I knew that one unexplored confluence was present near the Trans-Sahara Road, so I decided to go and see it: the show was great, a soft honey-colored sand, animated by endless undulations extended to the horizon was dominated by a dark blue sky
I was crossing the Icelandic interior desert from north to south, the landscape was bleak and monotonous, strong wind blew and solitude was total, but at one point appeared a colored spot that stood out clearly on the brown soil, was a small oasis of soft yellow-green moss surrounding this pond: I take a picture without trampling it!
In the summer of 2006, I decided to visit the west coast parks of North America, I was in Yosemite National Park and slept near this pond at the edge of the park. At dawn, the water was as still as a mirror, the air was calm and where I was, the sun had not yet risen but the mountains in front of me were already lit, their reflection on the lake was perfect
One evening I was returning to Jasper after visiting the Maligne Lake, when I was fascinated by the sunset on Medicine Lake. Realizing that this place at dawn would be magical, I decided to spend the night along the road, hidden under an embankment. In the morning I came down on Medicine Lake waiting for the dawn, when the light brightened the Mount Pyramid and its reflection lit up the waters of the lake I took 4 or 5 pictures, this is what I think is best
I was exploring the Libyan Akakus, which I found extraordinarily green because of the rains of some weeks ago. I was in a valley to photograph the contrast between sand, rocks and grass, when the twilight brightened with a special pink light the edges of these clouds, which in my head looked like swans.