Name that tune

Detail from a piano in the Music Room of Chateau d’Amboise (where you can also find the empty chair). Posted in response to the latest of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenges.

Venice, Schmenice, it’s all about me!

It takes a lot to move me to incandescent rage, but my encounters with the phenomenon of ‘selfie sticks’ when in Venice last year prompted me to this rant. And I have to say that time has proved to be no emollient. As far as I can see, there is only one possible valid use for a selfie stick, and since science has already…

Wheels within wheels

Montrol-Sénard is a village in the Limousin countryside, not far from here, that is preserved as a living museum of rural life at around the turn of the last century. This image shows part of a piece of  machinery in the village smithy. Don’t ask me what it’s for. Posted in response to Cee’s latest Black & White Photo Challenge.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Construction

‘The Landmark’ is – or was – the tallest building in Abu Dhabi. Here it is under construction, pushing up through an early morning fog. Posted in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

The empty chair

For this week’s instalment of Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, here is a photograph taken at Chateau d’Amboise, in the Indre-et-Loire départment of central France. The chateau’s main claim to fame is that it’s the burial place of Leonardo da Vinci.

The sights of Venice

For this week’s entry to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, here is an image from Venice, which does feature a road (‘Calle’) leading down to the Grand Canal, although it’s a moot point whether the road is the principal focus for the gentleman on the left. The high contrast from the strong shadows works well in Black & White, I think, as does…

Palm tree at Hili Oasis

Another entry for this week’s Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge. Taken at the Hili Oasis in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, this is the stump of a palm tree that’s had a severe pruning.