Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

From last winter, trees reflected in Tranquility Base’s very own étang.



What’s the bloody point (and click)?

A few thoughts on the cult of the ‘selfie’ after a recent trip to Venice

the only deadhead in the hameau

What is it with ‘selfies’? Why do so many people feel the need to remind themselves constantly of what they look like?

Personally, that couple of minutes twice a day looking in the bathroom mirror while brushing my teeth is more than sufficient for me to keep the old memory banks topped up, self-image wise. I’m pretty sure I’d recognise myself anywhere, with no need for further training.

Of course there’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking a picture of yourself and/or your loved ones, either as a free-standing portrait or ‘on location’ (we were here, this us what we saw). But on a recent trip to Venice I couldn’t help but feel that the whole selfie thing had got out of hand.

Venice is undoubtedly one of the most photographed places on earth. And why not? It’s beautiful and – apart from the teeming tourists – fully deserving of its description of ‘La Serenissima’

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Signs

We’ve all seen signs like this (from the door of a church in Venice). But who knew that those early Nokia mobile phones could shoot video?


Weekly Photo Challenge: Nighttime

I’ve been waiting ages for an excuse to post this picture. Taken from the balcony of my apartment in Abu Dhabi during a particularly spectacular thunderstorm.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

The blue paint on this old door in the nearby village of Bonnefont, here in Haute-Vienne, has obviously endured whatever the local climate has thrown at it over many years.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

This is from a few years back. On a trip to Oman, we went out to to look for dolphins. Khaled didn’t waste the opportunity to catch his dinner.


Butterflies on Buddleia

An hour or so on a sunny afternoon, loitering with intent around the buddleia (well named as the ‘butterfly bush’) produced these images: