Captured In Ice

We have had a bit of a cold spell in recent days, with frosty nights – harsh enough to trap this oak leaf in a fold of the tarpaulin that covers our log pile.

CMMC 1 March 2023

Calf’S Head

With one eye on the calendar and the other on Bushboy’s ‘Last Photo On The Card’ challenge, on February 27th I took a perfectly pleasant picture of an oak leaf encased in ice. “That’ll do nicely”, I thought to myself.

However, the following day we visited our local butcher (a proper butcher, not a counter in a supermarket). When we entered the shop, one of the butchers was setting about this with a very sharp knife.

We’ve seen worse.

The Last Photo February 2023

Where are We?

“Siri, give me an image that shows where we are without saying where we are”.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things people visit

Underground Arches

A dramatic view of part of the subterranean church at Aubeterre-sur-Dronne.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Arches and Domes

On The Rocks

The rocky beach in the Sydney suburb of Manly.

CMMC 15 February 2023

Board Games

I have to say that I’m not a great fan of board (bored?) games: probably something to do with the sinking of my boredom threshold as I get older. Nonetheless, we have a decent selection in a cupboard.

For the young people, you understand.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Play with

Roman abstract

This photo shows a detail from the Roman museum in Perigueux. It’s part of a carefully reconstructed Roman villa which is replete with statuary and carved stonework. However, I thought this crop made for an interesting abstract image when rendered into monochrome.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Carvings, Sculptures and Statues

Ocean Colour Scene

Cee’s topic for her latest midweek challenge is ‘calypso (ocean) colours’. This exercise in the rule of thirds is of a jet ski racing up and down the coastline of Abu Dhabi along the Corniche.

CMMC 8 February 2023


Like arable farmers everywhere, the locals practice crop rotation. A couple of years ago our friend Jean-Claude gave over one of his fields to cultivating sunflowers.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Grow

The outside light

In France, it is a legal requirement that all doors with external access must have a light above them (although it doesn’t have to be on all the time). This one is above our kitchen door.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lighting