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Welcome to SCIP.be, the website of software developer, passionate world traveller and travel & nature photographer Stefan Cruysberghs.

On this website I show my most beautiful images. As a travel photographer I cover multiple genres but I am particularly intrigued by beautiful and desolate landscapes and seascapes, nature and wildlife, colorful people and authentic tribes.

This website also contains a lot of my own articles about software development (.NET, Delphi, Web, Mobile, Cloud, ...) and in addition you can download several older components and freeware applications.

Below you will find the most recent additions.

Nocturnal animals in our garden
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The wildcam in our garden often registers all kinds of mammals at night, such as stone martens, hedgehogs and various types of mice. It seemed to me an exciting challenge to make some beautiful images of these nocturnal animals with my Nikon cameras. Not an easy task, however. With a laser trigger and a few flashes, with all kinds of setups and after many attempts, I managed to make a few but varied images of the stone marten and hedgehog.
Racoon
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During one of the nights that I stayed in the observation cabin in the Ardennes, I was able to photograph the raccoon. The little bears with Zorro mask and ringed tail look cute and cuddly, but they are not. The raccoon is an invasive exotic species that has been introduced in Germany since WWII and has since spread to neighboring countries. There are probably more than a thousand in the Belgian Ardennes. Raccoons are mainly active at night and are therefore rarely seen.
Wild boars
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This summer I went three times to the Belgian Ardennes to an observation hut on the Plateau des Tailles to photograph wild animals. I was able to take a varied series of images of the wild boars. A small group of young pigs often showed up before sunset. The big family with heavy boars and sows and also young squeakers only came at dusk or when it was already dark.
ROB tv
Publication
At the end of July 2020, the peak time was to see Comet NEOWISE with its luminous tail in the starry sky. I then went to the Maagdentoren in our city Scherpenheuvel-Zichem to take some pictures. I tried to illuminate the tower in different ways with a pocket and LED lamp. Now we will have to wait 6,800 years until we can observe the comet again. A day later my images were shown during the news on the regional television station ROB tv.
New version TscExcelExport
Component
A new version of the TscExcelExport component and an updated demo application and documentation. This Delphi VCL component is an advanced, powerful but easy to use component which enables you to export all records of a dataset from Delphi to Microsoft Excel. Version 4.41 offers support for Embarcadero Delphi 10 to 10.4 Sydney and all Excel versions from Office 97 to 2019.
Vlaanderen Vakantieland
Publication
In June 2020, Vlaanderen Vakantieland (Flemish Tourist organisation) launched a campaign to promote tourism in Flanders again with the title 'We missed you' and the hashtag #welcomeback. They used a series of beautiful images, including one of me from the castle of Horst
Slovenia
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A small selection of photos of our family vacation through the beautiful Slovenia. First we visited Salzburg in Austria . Afterwards we drove to the south of Slovenia and visited the karst formations of Rakov Škocjan and Lake Cerknica. I was able to photograph wild bears there. After this we went to the Adriatic coast with the impressive caves of Postojna and Škocjan, the castle of Predjama and the picturesque coastal town of Piran. Finally we went to the Julian Alps with the Triglav NP and the beautiful lakes of Bled and Bohinj, Velika Planina and we also visited the capital Ljubliana.
Birds of prey
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A small selection of images of the most common birds of prey in Belgium and the Netherlands; buzzards, hawks, sparrowhawks and kestrels. Birds of prey hunt for smaller birds, rodents and amphibians, are therefore somewhat larger and have sharp claws and large crooked beaks.
Sunrise at the heathlands
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The end of August is always a good time for landscape photographers. In the morning there is often atmospheric fog and the heather is in full bloom in our regions. This is a small selection of photos of sunrises on the flowering heathlands. A few photos are made this year in the beautiful nature reserve the Teut in Zonhoven. The other images are from past years in Gerhagen (Tessenderlo), Veerle heide(Veerle-Laakdal), Averbode heide (Scherpenheuvel), 's Hertogenheide (Aarschot) and Blekerheide (Lommel).
Little owls
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A small series of photos of the cute little owls with their bright yellow eyes. The little owl is one of the smallest owls (21 to 27cm) in the Lowlands. The little owl is mainly nocturnal and can be found in a wide range of habitats including farmland, woodland, heathland, … It feeds on insects and small vertebrates like mices.
Viajes National Geographic
Publication
In July 2019, a nice article about Madagascar was published in the Viajes (Travel) magazine of National Geographic in Spain that included a photo of mine. I took this photo of a ring-tailed lemur with a baby on her back in 2014 in Isalo National Park in southern Madagascar.
Black-tailed godwits
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The Black-tailed godwit is a beautiful wader and a meadow bird par excellence. They hibernate in Africa, but they return to the Low Lands early in the spring. During the breeding season the godwit shows spectacular court flights. I was able to photograph them courting and mating in Friesland in the Netherlands.
Ethiopia
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Photos of our short trip to Ethiopia. First we travelled through the Rift Valley and we enjoyed the thousands of flamingos and endangered hartebeests. Than we travelled to the Bale Mountains. There we could spot the mountain nyala and the Menelik bushbuck and at the Sanetti Plateau at an altitude of 3000 to 4000 meters we could observe Africa's most endangered carnivore; the Ethiopian wolf. Then we descended to the subtropical Harenna forest. In Debre Zeit I photographed many colorful birds and we visited the Jemme River Gorge to watch the gelada baboons.
Red squirrels
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One of the cutest mammals in our forests is the red squirrel. I have been able to photograph them very often and this is a varied selection of my best images. Squirrels can easily climb trees and jump from branch to branch. They have a beautiful bushy tail and in the winter they also get ear plumes. Squirrels do not hibernate in winter time but they very active during autum when they will bury nuts and seeds. They also eat mushrooms, berries and insects.
Green woodpeckers
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This summer, a juvenile green woodpecker and his mother visited our garden in Scherpenheuvel (Flanders, Belgium) almost every day. Green woodpeckers almost exclusively search for food on the ground and our lawn was the ideal place to find ants. A couple of days I layed down under my camouflagenet to photograph them from a low angle and at close distance.
National Geographic finalist
Photo contest
My photo of the Saint Joseph chapel in Sint-Pieters-Rode in the snow was one of the finalists of the prestigious National Geographic photo contest 2018 in October 2018.
Hageland by night
Photos
A series of photographs of famous and less well-known monuments in the Hageland region (Scherpenheuvel, Diest, Bekkevoort, Holsbeek, Tielt-Winge) photographed during the blue hour or later at night. Often there was a beautiful starry sky and usually I use several lamps to illuminate the subject.
WildlifePhoto
Photo contest
In the international WildlifePhoto contest 2017 (organized by the famous wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas) two of my photos were shortlisted and finally my photo of Altai Mountains was selected as runner-up (2nd or 3th place). Even my photo of the sunrise at the heathland in Lommel was highly commended. Both photos will be displayed on a large outdoor screen in New York in March 2018.
Cluj-Napoca
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Some blue hour photos of the historical centre of the city of Cluj-Napoca in the region Transylvania in Romania. It is the second largest city in Romania and has a rich history and beautiful buildings and monuments.
WWF - Photo book
Publication
The newest WWF book 'Beeldverhalen' is available in the bookstores since this week and offers you the most amazing and unique photographs from nature. Every year the World Wildlife Fund organizes a photo competition together with Frans Lanting. Out of the 13,000 photos submitted, the 170 best were selected. Three of my photographs are also published in this book.
Nature in Limburg
Photo contest
In November 2017 I was invited to the opening of the photo salon of photo club Renovat in Sint-Truiden and the proclamation of the photo contest 'Nature in Limburg'. It turned out that I won the first prize of this contest with my photo of the Blekerheide in Lommel. Thanks Limburg province and photo club Renovat for the great price!
Nature Photographer of the Year
Photo contest
In November 2017 my photo of a “Funny sifaka” was one of the finalists and finally highly commended (top 5) in the category Comedy in the international photo contest Nature Photographer of the Year 2017. The photos of the finalists were exposed during the Nature Talks Photo Festival in Ede (Netherlands) on November 11th and 12th. Afterwards these images will be exposed in several museums, public places and companies.
Roe deer
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The population of roe deer is the Lowlands (Belgium & Netherlands) is increasing. But even though they are spotted more often and in different biotopes, they mostly remain shy animals that are difficult to observe for a long time. The past summer I really started observing and photographing them in the nature areas in Aarschot and Scherpenheuvel-Zichem. This is a small series of my most beautiful photos.
National Geographic block calendar
Publication
The new National Geographic block calendar for 2018 has been released. The National Geographic editors gave a photo assignment each month and asked the enthusiastic Flemish and Dutch photographers to submit their images and 365 images have been selected for the calendar. The result is a versatile palette of beautiful images, from places around the world, special people and impressive natural phenomena. I am very pleased that 7 of my photos were selected.
Trierenberg
Photo contest
Publication of my photo 'Castelo Branco' in the luxury photo book of the prestigious international photo contest Trierenberg from Austria. Around 40 000 photographs were submitted. I photographed the tower of the Castelo Branco at the end of the blue hour with some fog at the high hilltop. I used some flash lights to illuminate the insides of the tower. The Miradouro do Castelo Branco is a viewpoint at the main island São Miguel of the Azores.
Fox cubs
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Some months ago I had a great encounter with some red fox cubs (vulpes vulpes). Fox kits are always very cute and playful when they are around their brothers and sisters. These foxes weren't shy at all and I was able to lay down to get a nice viewpoint and photograph them near the water and in the sand dunes.
AA Traveller magazine
Publication
In the June issue of the South African AA Traveler magazine one of my photos was published. For the cover photo of the 'hiking heaven's edge' article, they used my picture of a sunset in the Simien Mountains. The article tells about the breathtaking and unique landscapes in the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia and the rare gelada baboons that live there.
Azores
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Photos of our trip to São Miguel, the main island of the Azores, in September 2016. We stayed there one week. The Azores is an archipelago composed of nine volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean about 1300 km west of Portugal. We explored the picturesque villages, the rugged cliffs, the lighthouses and the 3 volcanos Sete Cidades, Fogo and Furnas with our rental car, we did short walks in the countryside and went for a day at sea to spot dolphins. Especially at sunset we went out to make good photos.
First price Joker photo contest
Photo contest
The Belgian travel agency Joker organizes a photo contest every year. A lot of beautiful travel photos were submitted at the end of 2016. A public prize was awarded and the jury selected 7 of the most stunning photos. I received the first price with my photograph of a chameleon catching an insect in Madagascar.
Sint-Pieters-Rode
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Photos from last year 2016 of the castle of Horst and the nearby chapel in Sint-Pieters-Rode (Holsbeek). The photos were taken in different seasons at day time but also at night. The castle of Horst was built in the mid-14th century and is still quite authentic. The small chapel of Saint Joseph is located in a field under an old lime tree nearby the castle. It has been built in the beginning of the 19th century.
WWF - Book World Nature
Publication
In December the newest book of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has been released. 'World Nature' shows the very best nature photos by 2016. The WWF organizes an annual photo competition together with Frans Lanting, one of the most famous nature photographers in the world. More than ten thousand (11,500 this year) photos were judged and the 170 best ones were selected. Also one of my photos has been selected. On page 42-43, the image of a giant chameleon catching a bug can be found.
Customized tasks in VSTS builds
Article
The Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) have a totally new way of creating build definitions. There are many available tasks right out of the box. In this article I will cover some techniques how to customize the build process. I will show you how to implement PowerShell scripts and work with environment variables and arguments, how to load custom C# .NET assemblies and how to create extensions and upload them to VSTS.
India south
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Photos of our journey through south India. We began our a journey with a houseboat trip on the tropical backwaters of Kerala. Afterwards we went to the Western Ghats mountains with beautiful and rolling tea plantations and the 'hill stations'. We spotted the endangered and rare lion-tailed macaque monkeys and around 120 species of birds. We also went three days on safari in Kabini and we saw lots of monkeys, deer, elephants, crocodiles, flying foxes and a tigress. Then we visited the palaces in Mysore and the beautifully refined temples in Halebidu en Belur. We also visited the wonderful site of Hampi with beautiful temples and palaces. We ended our trip on the beach in Goa at the Indian Ocean.
Madagascar
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Photos of our journey through the fascinating Madagascar. Very special on the ‘Red Island’ are the unique endemic animals such as lemurs, sifakas, chameleons, geckos, lizards, frogs, birds, ... Moreover there are varied landscapes such as dense rainforests, dry forests, savanna, huge baobab trees, tropical beaches with palm trees, rice terraces, unique rock formations and canyons ... The country has many colorful people and everywhere you can still see traditional ox carts, old cycle and pulled rickshaws, dugout canoes, ...
Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblad
Publication
On October 2nd the Belgian newspaper 'Het Nieuwsblad' published a nice article in the paper and digital edition about my seven photos that have been published in the block calendar of National Geographic 2016.