vendredi, juillet 15, 2011

Yesterday we spent a few hours visiting the Kerguelen islands (also called Desolation islands) on (sorry, restricted access), because there is a 3 months artist residence that has just opened there. It's one of the last place in the world where it takes time to go: no planes, no city, no airport, 2 weeks on the ocean to reach this extraordinary area. The last maps have been completed recently; we saw a TV program with a cartographer giving a lake his wife's name, Michèle. In the 1950's, Port aux Français inhabitants released a couple of cats for killing rats and mice in this small base. Now, there are about 8 to 10 000 wild cats on the island. And they eat annually one million bird eggs. Rabbits also grew exponentially after having been introduced by humans, eating the precious Kerguelen cabage, a very rare species full of vitamine C. This is the only place in the world where you can see elephant seals, penguins and cats together.