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A hot air balloon over the trees, on the poster of the Adventure Screens festival of Dijon 2021, but still...
This is the Cinebulle
of Dany Cleyet-Marrel
! And she's sailing low in the canopy of Makay (Madagascar)... This photo was taken by Evrard Wendenbaum
, in December 2010, during a scientific expedition led by Naturevolution, which led to the creation of the Makay protected area.
Evrard Wendenbaum, founder of Naturevolution, tells the story behind this photo.
"The drones at the time could not yet carry the movie cameras we had for filming. So we turned to the Geo Trouvetou of the air, Dany Cleyet-Marrel and his Cinebulle. Dany took the opportunity to test (for the first time) an electric version of his Cinebulle and, although the Makay terrain was not the easiest to fly - as it has very complicated terrain and aerology that only allows flying at sunrise - we were able to make many flights (some of which ended in more than scabrous ways). Dany and I have a few interesting anecdotes to tell about this.
This photo shows one of the canyons of Andakatomenavava in the South Makay, a canyon I had spotted three years earlier and which seemed to me to preserve a quite exceptional ecosystem. Indeed, the entire bottom of this canyon is filled with water, the thousands of palm trees and Pandanus that we see under the balloon are almost all swimming in it. So much so that in a good part of the canyon, you can move in packraft by slaloming between the palm trunks and floating palms. It is magic!
All the more magical because these palms (Ravenea Rivularis) are on the one hand inhabited by certain species of birds (notably parrots) and two species of lemurs that cohabit noisily, which on the other hand are practically the last wild representatives of their species. When botanists saw them, they were amazed because they thought this species was practically extinct in the wild. Only 4 individuals were known to be still alive some 200 km south of Makay. In addition, we observed in the small lake under the Cinebulle a large crocodile that - for some scientific observations and sampling - we tried in vain to catch, especially during a rocky night session. And still in this same canyon, we discovered a new species of Pachypanchax, a small fish that a priori only exists there anymore. Finally, we also observed a species of lemur there that was only known in the east of Madagascar (while Makay is in the west).
These discoveries were valuable evidence of the inestimable value of the Makay as a biodiversity refuge. This canyon is now one of the most sensitive areas of the Makay protected area that we have managed to create with Naturevolution."
Good news: Dany Cleyet-Marrel will be in Dijon from October 14 to 17 with an exhibition and a model of his Radeau des cimes, as well as the gondola of his Cinébulle. As for Evrard Wendenbaum, he too will be present, with films in the retrospective selection, in theaters and online. For more information lets go to:
Interview by Cléo Poussier-Cottel