Endings and beginnings

Hey! Long time no see, right?

Indeed, I haven’t posted here since March, and even before that I wasn’t as prolific as I used to be… I’ve been busy, you see, working on all sorts of projects!
Here’s an update, see English below 🙂

[fr] Vous l’avez sans doute remarqué, je ne publie plus beaucoup sur ce blog… la faute à tout un tas de projets en cours, et des retours de moins en moins nombreux. Néanmoins, j’ai encore envie d’écrire, pour pouvoir partager mes aventures dans un format plus cohérent qu’une succession d’images postées dans le désordre sur les réseaux sociaux. Aussi, je vous invite à rejoindre ma liste de distribution, en remplissant le formulaire à cette adresse : cliquez ici. Chaque mois, je vous enverrai un email pour donner de mes nouvelles, vous présenter mes travaux les plus récents… et plein d’autres choses, j’ai beaucoup d’idées ! Le truc génial, c’est que vous pourrez me contacter simplement, en répondant à mon mail.

Dans le premier numéro, que je vous enverrai lundi, je raconte ma première sortie en affût flottant, à la rencontre de canards et des combattants variés, ainsi qu’une balade en Laponie ce printemps, entre cailloux et grenouilles. Plus tard, je vous emmènerai en Australie.

Au final, ceci est mon dernier article sur Eiwawar. Merci pour votre soutien pendant toutes ces années, j’ai adoré ❤

A bientôt dans votre boîte mail,
Samuel

[en] You might have guessed: this is the end of Eiwawar. It’s not the end of my adventures though, and I still want to tell you about them in a format more coherent than a series of posts on social media. Therefore, I’m delighted to present you my new mailing list. Every month, I’ll send you news in the form of text and images, just like before. In addition, I’ll include photo tips and all sorts of goodies, always related to the natural world. I have many ideas!
I hope you’ll choose to trust me again, I promise it’ll be a cool ride. The best thing is that you’ll be able to contact me by simply replying to my emails. Subscribe here!

The first issue, out on Monday, is dedicated to my first experience in a floating hide, taking pictures of ducks and ruffs, and a very special hike in Lapland this spring, between rocks and frogs. Later, I’ll take you to Australia, I have a lot to show you from there.

Thank you for your support, it warms my heart every time ❤

See you soon,
Samuel

European common frog (Rana temporaria)

Print shop, newsletter and Bearded reedlings

Hi everyone, I hope this article finds you well. Here in Finland, spring has started, with the snow melting and the first migratory birds coming back from the south (swans, geese, larks, pigeons…).

In this article:

  • my new print shop
  • a newsletter in the making
  • Bearded reedlings in wintry Helsinki
Bearded reedling (Panurus biarmicus), male
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2019 in review

It might be a bit late to have a look back at year 2019, but life has been very busy since I came back to Finland in the beginning of the month and I haven’t had much time for the blog.

I started the year in Jaipur (India) with my family, taking a plane on that day to spend a few days by the sea in Goa. After that, I flew back to New Zealand for 9 more months of working holiday. I stayed on the South Island until mid-April, visiting wonderful Fiordland twice and living 2 months in Dunedin to volunteer for penguins on the peninsula. I then migrated north, visiting wonderful Castlepoint before reaching Rotorua, where I stayed for a month and gave a talk at the Rotorua Camera Club about my travelling through New Zealand.

I then had a three-week tour of the North Island with Vivien, visiting Taranaki in the process, and closed my year in kiwiland by a 1.5 month stay in the largest city, Auckland, exactly where it all started in August 2018. I spiced up that last stage with a week of volunteering on wonder island Tiritiri Matangi.

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Calendar 2019 for sale!

Hi everyone, here’s an article a bit different from the previous ones: I’m selling calendars for the upcoming year!

Each month is illustrated with images I’ve made. Among them, 7 bird images and 5 landscapes/cityscapes from Finland, France and New Zealand. Made of glossy high-quality paper, this calendar will look good in your house, or make a perfect gift to your friends and loved ones.

There’s a unique price of 28€ that includes shipping fees; I can also send invoices in New Zealand dollars.

Now with the schedule (please pay attention, it’s important ;)).
To guarantee this price and be able to manage everything before I go offline on a trip to the Subantarctic Islands, I need to know about your order very soon! Therefore, if you’re interested, don’t delay and fill in the form at the following link TODAY: https://samuelbloch.weebly.com/calendar-2019.html

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Opening of my print shop

I have thought about selling prints of my pictures for a long time, even before a reader here (maybe she’ll recognize herself) suggested it. It’s taken me some time to figure it out, but here it is: behold my print shop in its first iteration.

There you can buy almost any of my pictures, on three different media: a fine art print (on high quality paper), a canvas (like a painting) or an aluminium plate, so called Dibond (with the picture directly printed on it).

Why not buy this new picture, which I had never shown before?

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Lapland (March 2018): a wrap-up

I wanted to go to Lapland in winter, because I never had. I thought I might as well take a few friends from France with me, and add a few Northern Lights in the mix. Here is a wrap-up, with some detailed info about the planning and activities of this 1-week dream trip (all prices are for 4 people unless stated otherwise).

All the previous articles dedicated to this adventure:
Holiday on ice | Fluffiness against the cold | The greatest lie in the north

The timing

Winter is long in the north (7 months): how does one choose when to go?
My idea was that I wanted both day and night. We needed night to see the Northern Lights, but if we had been there in January, with only a couple of hours of daylight each day but clouds all the time, we would have got bored very quickly. In the end, I chose March, which was also my choice last year for Varanger. We had approximately 12 hours of night and 12 hours of light (and excellent weather 😉 ).

The region

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Calendar for sale!

I’m happy to present my first photography product, a calendar for the upcoming year!

It’s been crafted with love and care, with some of my best pictures: each one was taken during the month it illustrates 🙂 There are shots from Finland, Denmark, and a few surprises 😉
The European price is 40€, including shipping fees. I also deliver outside Europe, but there might be custom taxes, so please contact me.

OFFER: until Friday 27.10, the price is only 30€ !

If you are interested, head to this page to get a quote: Calendar 2018

Below are two pictures included in the calendar: can you guess which months they illustrate? 😉