Ceratophrys ornata

Welcome Abroad!

This webplace is about Nature, People, Travel, Things and Technology.
It Is the record of personal experiences, both related to work or spare time. You will probably find that most of the thoughts digested here are related to “writing with light”, that is taking a picture. It is about walking with your gear in your hand, sort of fiancé. It is wandering in the woods in search of strange amphibia and not taking a single shot, spending hours with Aperture or Lightroom trying to squeeze a single bit of soul from every snapshot. Most of the time is sitting beside strangers and hearing their stories, before asking them a permission to “steal their souls”. Uh, and “Welcome Abroad!” is not a mistake, is my personal motto for “go out of doors, from one place to another”. Me? It all started with b/w film and astronomy pictures back in the 80’s. My photography is deeply merged with my love for graphics and the WWW. I’d rather prefer “shooting at animals” and i don’t love taking pictures of my hometown at all.

Abroad: go out of doors, from one place to another.

“The Line makes itself felt,– thro’ some Energy unknown, ever are we haunted by that Edge so precise, so near. In the Dark, one never knows. Of course I am seeking the Warrior Path, imagining myself as heroick Scout. We all feel it Looming, even when we’re awake, out there ahead someplace, the way you come to feel a River or Creek ahead, before anything else,– sound, sky, vegetation,– may have announced it. Perhaps ’tis the very deep sub-audible Hum of its Traffic that we feel with an equally undiscover’d part of the Sensorium,– does it lie but over the next Ridge? the one after that? We have mileage Estimates from Rangers and Runners, yet for as long as its Distance from the Post Mark’d West remains unmeasur’d, nor is yet recorded as Fact, may it remain, a-shimmer, among the few final Pages of its Life as Fiction.”
– Thomas Pynchon, Mason and Dixon

Places + Experiences

“Some of us are afraid of dying; others of human loneliness. Profane was afraid of land or seascapes like this, where nothing else lived but himself.”
– Thomas Pynchon, V.

Amphibia + Reptiles

“Life’s single lesson: that there is more accident to it than a man can ever admit to in a lifetime and stay sane.”
– Thomas Pynchon, V.


“Earth, withal, is a Body, like our own, with its network of Points, dispos’d along its Meridians, – much as our medicine in China has identified, upon the Human body, a like set of Lines invisible, upon which, bead wise, are strung Points, where the Flow of Chee may be beneficially strengthen’d by insertions of Gold Needles.”
– Thomas Pynchon, Mason and Dixon

For the Cause

Today, as a Species, we face an increasing number of challenges. I.e. policy priorities of the Europe 2020 strategy addresses major concerns shared by citizens in Europe and elsewhere as Health, demographic change and wellbeing; Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research, and the Bioeconomy; Secure, clean and efficient energy; Smart, green and integrated transport; Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials; Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies; Secure societies – protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens.

But it is not possible to put a focused effort on every task in every domain. So, to me, Nature conservancy is of utmost importance, with special reference to Amphibians and Rhino conservation.