Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

Birds of prey are on a perpetual quest for food – even those that have been trained to take part in this ‘spéctacle’ at St-Germain-de-Confolens earlier this summer.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest

Blues Knight

Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week is looking for an image of two unrelated items. So, here’s a random juxtaposition of a suit of armour and a basket of flowers, seen in the Chateau d’Amboise.

I don’t often use selective colour, but I think it works in this case.


Thursday Doors: St-Germain-de-Confolens – the sunny side of the street

More from St-Germain-de-Confolens this week. I should explain that the village’s main (effectively only) street runs more or less north to south alongside the Charente river. In practical terms that means that on sunny afternoons the shadows can be quite harsh. However, I think the doors are still worth looking at.



This door’s obviously still in use:


Unlike this one, opposite, of a closed-down restaurant…

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…which echoes the colours of the building that houses the Post Office. The modern door doesn’t have a lot to say for itself, but I like the strong geometric shape of the security grilles:

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Finally, my favourite of this week’s bunch – gloriously decrepit, with the finishing touch of a rose growing next to it:

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Thursday Doors 22 September 2016

Tuesdays of Texture: Skull

We came across this oryx skull during a safari drive on Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Lots of texture here, especially rendered in this high contrast monochrome version:


Tuesdays of Texture: Week 39

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 7 – Time

This photograph was taken – as you can see – on New Year’s Day 2012, in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It shows the date on both the Gregorian and Islamic (Hijri) calendars, as well as the names, in Arabic, of the five daily prayers (the display alternates with the time that the prayers are to be said on that specific day).


52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 7 – Time

The Ghaf Tree

In the desert outside Al Ain, in the United Arab Emirates, this single, isolated, ghaf tree somehow manages to flourish.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Isolated Subjects

Thursday Doors: St-Germain-de-Confolens

St-Germain-de-Confolens is yet another pretty little village that’s only a twenty minute drive from here at Tranquility Base (we’re surrounded by them, but who’s complaining?), although it’s in a different département – Charente as opposed to Haute-Vienne.

Effectively, it’s just one street that runs parallel to the Charente river. However, the doors are interesting and there are enough of them to need two instalments to dispay here.

You need to be careful stepping out of this one:

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These two are actually next to each other in real life, as it were:

In this one, I like that the gateway echoes the shape of the door behind it:

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The door’s okay in this one, but I was particularly drawn to the tatty shutter on the window at top left:

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And finally for this week, you can’t help wondering if there’s a secret garden behind this little door:

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Thursday Doors 15 September 2106