A Baleful Look

Right up until the most recent post in the Fun Foto Challenge, this week’s theme has been ‘candid’, but now it’s ‘catching people unawares’. It’s too late for me to change now, so you’re getting the post I’d already prepared.

At a recent Sunday market in the town of Chabanais there was, for no obvious reason, a small pen containing a few miserable-looking donkeys. The baleful stare that this one gave me suggests that he wasn’t happy to be photographed – or to be there in the first place.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Catching People Unawares

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Challenge

Frank’s challenge for this week is ‘challenge’; which is a bit of a challenge in itself.

However, at the Cassinomagus Gallo-Roman archaelogical site of Cassinomagus, in the neighbouring département of Vienne, they sometimes put on gladiatorial displays, where two fighters challenge each other to combat.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Challenge

The Wind Tower

Cee’s theme for this week’s Black & White Photo Challenge is ‘Hot and/or Cold’. Here is an image that encapsulates both. This is a wind tower in al-Bastakiya – what’s left of the old part of Dubai. It works on the principle of drawing in the desert breezes at the top and funneling them down to provide a cooler draught at ground level. Air-conditioning, in other words.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Hot & Cold

Thursday Doors: Perigueux

Another selection of old doors from the town of Perigueux. Mostly brown, of course, but not this first – comparatively unusual – specimen:

But normal service is soon resumed, with these satisfyingly tatty specimens:

Most old doors aren’t completely straight or rectangulat, but this one takes it a bit far:

And finally double bonus points for two doors within doors:

Thursday Doors 6 December 2018

Consider The Lily

For this week’s ‘Fun Foto’ Challenege, Cee is looking for a macro or close-up image. Well, here is a look into the heart of a flowering lily. Be sure to keep that pollen off your clothes, because you’ll never get it off.

Cee’s Fun ‘Foto’ Challenge: Macro

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tranquil

Being fortunate enough to live where we do, in the rural Limousin region that is part of ‘la France profonde’, finding a tranquil image to meet Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge is not exactly a problem.

However, my go-to place around here for tranquility (apart from home itself) is down by the River Vienne in Confolens on a calm sunny day, where the Pont Vieux casts flawless reflections like these:

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Tranquil

Champagne as far as the eye can see…

The hills around the village of Ay are given over almost entirely to vines growing the grapes that will later be turned into (particularly good) champagne.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Field