Monet’s Garden

I recently visited Monet’s Garden, in Normandy. You’ve probably heard of it, and of Monet himself, the founder of Impressionism.

The garden itself is rightly famous, although I was surprised to discover that almost all of the plants there are quite common varieties, rather than horticultural curiosities. What grabs the attention is the way they are all closely planted in what is a comparatively small space.

The overall impact is quite stunning, but for me the details were even more impressive. Clever old thing, Nature.

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Recently, I went to a display of old cars and farming machinery in the village of Lesterps, not far from here. I now have many, many pictures of ancient tractors and some quite cool vintage cars, but this image of a child’s tricycle from yesteryear is perhaps a bit more than just a record shot.

Lesterps

Weekly Photo Challenge: Between

A piece of flotsam lies between two clumps of seaweed on Manly Beach, Australia.

Between

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-second story

This photograph was taken a few years ago from the balcony of my apartment in Abu Dhabi. A fire had broken out in a residential building just around the corner (on Electra, for the locals) and the emergency helicopter service was called in to rescue some people who were trapped on the roof. You can just see one being winched inside the hovering helicopter, hanging on to a crew member for dear life.

I converted the original to black and white, partly for dramatic effect but also to get round the impact of the smoke haze on the colour original.

Helicopter Rescue

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

Another staircase, this time from a hotel in Paris (which, fortunately, was also equipped with a lift).

staircase

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

As I may have mentioned, Madame is a quilter and quilting is undoubtedly an art form.

This is a waistcoat that she made for me a couple of years ago that was exhibited at the International Quilt Show in Dubai.  To my mind it is undoubtedly a work of art (and yes, I do wear it. In public, too).

Waistcoat

Weekly Photo Challenge: On The Move

Two paragliders from a local airshow last August.

Sooner them than me…

Onthemove