Arches on a frosty morning

The raised beds on either side of the path to one of our outbuildings are bound together, metaphorically at least, by a couple of arches, suitable for roses to be trained over.

CMMC 25 January 2023

Tree rings

This tree obviously had a fw years under its belt before it was cut down and turned into logs, like this one from my woodpile.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Circles and curves

Misty morning

A cold and misty morning overlooking our neighbour’s fields.

CMMC 18 January 2023

The Musical Chandelier

This quirky and unusual chandelier hangs in the foyer of a hotel in Toulouse.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: music

Amber Glass

Madame made this at a glass-making workshop. Together with its companion pieces it adorns our terrace.

CMMC 11 January 2023

Duck Feathers

I took this photograph at Al Ain Zoo, in the United Arab Emirates. A bog-standard common duck may seem out of place surrounded by all manner of exotic fauna, but its feathers are nothing to be ashamed of.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathers

The curious lamb

This baby lamb was intrigued as we walked past their field about half a mile from our house (humans are vastly outnumbered by sheep in these parts).

The tangled undergrowth and monochrome treatment gives an almost abstract feel to the overall image.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Farm Animals

Mossy

This unusual growth was highlighted by the early morning sun shining on a moss-covered ash tree in a corner of our garden.

CMMC 4 January 2023

Wide-eyed and four-legged

This Shetland pony, who used to live with a few companions in a field a couple of hundred yards from our house, had a very docile temperament, although you’d never guess from this manic, wide-eyed stare.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Eyes

The Hand Of Buddha

I spotted this his bizarre looking item in one of our local supermarkets. The pink circle is actually a polystyrene basket, but those yellow tentacles are the Hand of Buddha.

It’s something I’ve never seen – or even heard of – before, so I wasn’t particularly inclined to shell out fifteen euros (about the same in dollars) to discover what it tasted of.

Apparently, it’s a citrus fruit that has an aroma of lemon blossom, no juice but a mild, sweet pith which can be eaten raw or zested.

At that price, I’ll just take their word for it.

The Last Photo