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Stefan Cruysberghs Photography
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Stefan Cruysberghs is a software developer and a passionate world traveller and travel, wildlife and landscape photographer from Flanders (Belgium).
Stefan Cruysberghs is a software developer and a passionate world traveller and travel, wildlife and landscape photographer from Flanders (Belgium).

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The Belgian travel agency Joker organizes a photo contest every year. A lot of beautiful travel photos were submitted at the end of 2016. A public prize was awarded and the jury selected 7 of the most stunning photos. I received the first price with my photograph of a chameleon catching an insect in Madagascar.

https://www.joker.be/nl/reisblog/bewonder-de-winnaars-van-de-fotowedstrijd-2016

#Joker #PhotoContest #Photography #ScipBe #StefanCruysberghs
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In September 2016 Heleen and I traveled to São Miguel, the main island of the Azores. We stayed there one week. The Azores is an archipelago composed of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean about 1300 km west of Portugal. The Azores have a very rich vegetation by the Atlantic climate, with mild temperatures and high humidity. We explored the capital city, the many picturesque villages, the rugged cliffs, the lighthouses and churches and the 3 volcanos Sete Cidades, Fogo and Furnas with our rental car. We also did some short walks in the countryside and went a day at sea to spot dolphins. Especially at sunset we went out to make good photos. I finally found some time to process my photos and publish a small selection on my website. http://www.scip.be

#Azores #SaoMiguel #PontaDelgado #SeteCidades #Furnas #Mosteiros #Photography #ScipBe #StefanCruysberghs
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A varied selection of photos from the past year 2016 the castle of Horst and the nearby chapel in Sint-Pieters-Rode (Holsbeek, Flanders, Belgium) are now online on my website: http://www.scip.be. The photos were taken in different seasons at day time but also at night. The castle of Horst was built in the mid-14th century and is still quite authentic. The small chapel of Saint Joseph is located in a field under an old linden tree nearby the castle. It has been built in the beginning of the 19th century.

#Belgium #Flanders #VlaamsBrabant #Holsbeek #SintPietersRode #Horst #CastleOfHorst #Castle #Chapel #Photography #ScipBe #StefanCruysberghs
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This week the newest book of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been released. "World Nature" shows the very best nature photos by 2016. The WWF organizes an annual photo competition together with Frans Lanting, one of the most famous and most respected nature photographers in the world. More than ten thousand (11,500 this year) photos were judged and the 170 best ones were selected and published in this book. This book shows the extraordinary beauty of nature. Each photograph is a story in itself. Touching. Fascinating. Confronting.

Also one of my photos has been selected. On page 42-43, the image of a giant chameleon catching a bug can be found. I made this picture in Isalo National Park in southern Madagascar.

You can order the (Dutch) book online for € 39.95 and thereby support the protection of nature and animals. https://www.wnf.nl/frans-lanting-wereld-natuur/over-het-boek.htm

#WWF #WorldWildlifeFund #WorldNature #FransLanting #Photography #ScipBe #StefanCruysberghs

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In early 2014 the 13 years old Mongolian Kazakh girl Ashol-Pan became famous on the social media worldwide with some photos of her with her golden eagle. She is the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. We met this lovely girl during the Golden Eagle Festival in October 2014 in Ulgii in the Altai mountains. At the same time a documentary movie was filmed by Otto Bell.

Some weeks ago the movie “The Eagle Huntress" (http://sonyclassics.com/theeaglehuntress) has been released by Sony. Ashol-Pan has been travelling to the New York and Los Angeles to promote this film about her life.

When I saw some pictures of her online and watched the trailer of the movie it remined me to the wonderful time we had in the Altai mountains in Mongolia. We attended the Golden Eagle Festival in 2014 and were fascinated by the unique traditions of the Kazakh eagle hunters and the inspiring story of Ashol-Pan. This is a small series of photos I made of this wonderful girl in 2014.

More photos of the fascinating eagle hunters and Mongolia can be found on my personal website http://www.scip.be/index.php?Page=PhotosMongolia

#Mongolia #Kazakh #Eagle #EagleHunter #EagleHuntress #TheEagleHuntress #AsholPan #Berkutchi #Altai #Altay #Ulgii #Olgii #GoldenEagleFestival #Photography #ScipBe #StefanCruysberghs
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27-11-16
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Autumn is currently at its peak. So last weekend I went to the region of Malmedy in the Belgian Ardennes with some friends. It was beautiful and the result are some photos of the valley of the Hoëgne, the waterfall of Bayehon and the castle Reinhardstein. A small selection of these photos can be found on my website http://www.scip.be/index.php?Page=PhotosBlog#2016-11-01

#Belgium #Wallonia #Malmedy #Hoegne #Bayehon #Reinhardstein #Autumn #Fall #Photography #ScipBe #StefanCruysberghs
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The nature reserve 's Hertogenheide in Aarschot is a forest area located between two hills. In the center there is a small but beautiful heathland which has been restored the last few years. I went there a few times in the early morning to photograph the sunrise and the blooming heather.

#Belgium #VlaamsBrabant #Hageland #Aarschot #Hertogenheide #sHertogenheide #Heath #Heathland #Sunrise #Photography #ScipBe #StefanCruysberghs

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04-09-16
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Last weekend I went out at night to the nearby castle of Horst trying to photograph the castle together with the Perseids meteor shower. The moon was almost down and many bright stars were visible. I photographed the castle for almost a hour and I saw a couple of meteors. But finally my camera didn't capture any meteor. Nevertheless, I still like the night photo of the castle with the starry sky.
 
#Belgium #Flanders #Holsbeek #SintPietersRode #Horst #CastleOfHorst #Castle #Night #Stars #Photography #ScipBe #StefanCruysberghs
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In the Benelux live five species of woodpeckers. They are beautiful fascinating birds but they are also quite shy and cautious. The great spotted woodpecker is the least shy and is quite common. The green woodpecker can be seen in gardens. The last months I was able to make some good photos of great spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker and black woodpecker and a selection of 10 photos  can now be found on my website http://www.scip.be

#Benelux #Belgium #Netherlands #Woodpecker #Birds #Photography #ScipBe #StefanCruysberghs
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The Oostvaardersplassen in Flevoland is the largest national park in the Netherlands. It is a large wetland with reed plains, rough grassland and ponds that attracts thousands of birds such as geese, spoonbills, cormorants, herons, .... 25 years ago they introduced red deers, Heck cattle and Konik horses and this park is a very good example of rewilding. Now there live about 1100 wild horses, the largest population in Europe, almost 3300 red deer, 40 Heck cattle, around 50 roe deers and a healthy population of red foxes that are also active at daytime. I recently went there on safari and now I published 10 of my best photos on my website http://www.scip.be.
 
#Oostvaardersplassen #Wildlife #Safari #Rewilding #Wildernis #Fotografie #Photography #ScipBe #StefanCruysberghs
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