This day I am recording some ambiences of the city of Biarritz. At this place, the sea is agitated and generate high waves. This is thus a great spot for surfer. It also deliver highly noisy sea shore soundscape. The sound captures were interesting, let’s continue in ‘Pais Vasco’ (Pays Basque)…
I have been exploring some place in the peninsula.
I have to say some places are breathtaking.
I have been riding through the Snaefellsjoekull National Park up to Hellnar and Arnarstapi.
It is pretty much lava fields all the way through which makes it looks more alien than any place I’ve seen.
The absence of trees or even bushes is stunning! The soil is a raw mixture of sand, rocks, moss and grass.
The fauna is therefore sparse, which is great to get some silence.
However these winter days are quite cold and windy!
This puts to the land an odd dimension of inhospitality while still attractive by its features.
Although I could capture some birds ambiences, and of course wind again!
From Anarstapi to Hellnar, the cliffs are majestic, they cut straight into the ocean, with colonies of thousands birds living right on the cliffs!
Just after Hellisandur, I found this high antenna that sparked my curiosity, unfortunately it did not emit any sound.
I began to climb on the trail that leads to Snaefellsjoküll glacier!!
The mountain is one of the most famous sites of Iceland, primarily due to the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne, in which the protagonists find the entrance to a passage leading to the center of the earth on Snæfellsjökull.
During the last three days, I have meandered through this incredible little fishing town. Situated on the pacific coast of Ecuador, the scenery with its extra-stretched beach of many kilometers and an omnipresent sun makes it a place from heaven where time would stop. Thus making us enjoy the present towards happiness.
With its 2000 inhabitants, the vibe is gorgeously “tranquilo” (laid-back). I have met so many wonderful people with a big heart. Their way of living is at the opposite of the stressful urban jungle. They are truely authentic people from which we can draw life lesson. It goes without saying that the meal I found there is also terribly delicious.
One year ago, this village got struck by a huge earthquake (magnitude 7.8). This got in the news all around the world. 100 people lost their lives and 90% of the buildings were destroyed.
This is a terrible reality, however people don’t like to talk about it too much. They already turned the page. Daily life has taken its place back. People are successfully dealing with what they have, and what they can do, healing wounds. Many building already got rebuilt. Tourists are back even if they are in low numbers. Kids are playing in the rumbles, the roosters are crowning, the shops are opening again. All along the beach, restaurants, bars, cevicheria are sprawling back again. In fact life is buzzing again with this unmistaken latino feel.
Every afternoon, the ocean gets more agitated and the waves gets more powerful as the tide gets higher and the wind blows stronger.
The sound of the sea thus shifts towards a more bassy constant roar.
At these times, the natural elements just recall us how powerful they can be.
Therefore reflecting how Nature goes beyond the human scale as could be earthquakes.
After my 3 days recording sea and ambiences, I just felt how connected this village was with nature, from the sea they got fish, water, tourists. From the land, plants, stone, and roads.
They are more than any other place I have seen intertwined with the mother nature (for its good and its bad humor).