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Continuation on my theme about the TE members I admire. To know what this is all about please read the introductory notes on the first post of the series.

Monsieur André Roberge. The wittiest and funniest guy on Trekearth. :)

My favorite members list is a serious business. To be on that list you have to be a great photographer, a member who embraces the true TE spirit or a person that I treasure for its incredible sharing abilities. I know, I know, some of you really deserve to be on that list… But why am I saying this? André is a real winner for me. Not only he is one of the most gifted photographers on site, but he is also an incredible human being. It’s easy to see that through his photography. Almost all his pictures share a light that is special. But what some of you might now know is that he himself also emanates that same luminous quality. He is indeed a luminous person, always keen to help, to share a though, to make you smile. I have a deep respect for human beings like him. And that shows in his photography. He never presents you a gloomy picture; gloomy in terms of lack of faith or negative feelings towards the world and life itself. He likes us to learn about the world though his incredible faith in beauty and compassion.

He is also one of the most talented members for choosing a title. Maybe we can support him by a dollar a day and he provides the titles for every photo posted in TE. :) His titles are always so wit. Want examples? What about "Standing Monk Hidden Dragon", or "The Original Teletubby" and " Bangcop"?

He is also a great critic. He always gives you something that helps you out on improving your photography or points something you never thought of. Always with a train of words that makes you think. And most of the times, smile too.

One of his passions here are landmarks. He must have the best collection of landmarks on site. Ah, and Barbie and Blue hour shots too. Really amazing. So I decided to offer him one of my photos from my last trip to Italy. La Foce's winding road is truly a Tuscan landmark. A bit uneasy to photograph too. At least in June when I visited the place. I took this shot one or two hours before sunset at a time where the tree shadows where falling down the road. The problem was that the sun was right in front of me, so my only option was to use a long zoom to compress the perspective and too get rid of the facing sun. But I don’t have a long zoom and André was not there to let me use his wonderful 70-200 L baby. So I took the long end of my 24-105 and clicked. The result is here for you.

Final words to you André. It was a pity that we didn’t met in Toronto as planned, but I am sure we will meet this year somewhere in this world. Keep enlightening us with your humanity. It’s always a pleasure to read your words and take a sip of that light that shines through your soul. Thanks for all. Now, I have to. I have a beach to catch ;)

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