Our family and friends in Europe and North America are under heavy snowfall and unexceptional cold weather this year. I sometimes miss the snow and a good dry and cold white Christmas like we had in the old days... Anyway, here in Southern Africa, we relax at the beach at this time of the year.

I send to all of you my warmest wishes for the new season 2011!

And now...

...pour le plaisir des yeux... a slideshow of some prime images of Madagascar... 

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Photo #0

I travelled for 3 weeks with a friend photographer and we tried to capture every moment, like this little girl walking like a funambulist between the paddy fields.

Photo #1

Stay tuned if you want to read more about this astonishing country, with many happy faces and fascinating wildlife, such as the mother ring-tailed lemurs with their youngsters.

Photo #2

Children are everywhere, most of them display a big smile while some can be terrified to see a real vazaha - a white person! 

Photo #3

Clay brick making from the paddy fields is very intensive work where the whole family is involved, including children.

Photo #4

Spectacular but dramatic erosion creating these colorful tsingy all around the country.

Photo #5

Poor agricultural techniques using traditional 'slash & burn', that destroy the forests for ever.

Photo #6

Majestic mango trees producing delicious mango.

Photo #7

Baobab trees can not be missed in Madagascar, especially these Grandidier's baobabs near Morondova.

Photo #8

Malagasy people are hard-working farmers who grow rice in paddy fields wherever the water can reach, even high in the mountains.