Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up

The heart of a poppy in Monet’s Garden at Giverney. I hadn’t spotted the flying creatures until I zoomed in on the image

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Close Up

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half

Against the background of a clear blue sky, rows of vines run up to the horizon near the village of Äy, in the Champagne region of France.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half

 

Classic Citroen

A beautifully restored classic Citroën car, certainly more than 50 years old, displayed at the annual Lesterps exhibition of vintage cars and agricultural equipment. The clouds reflected in the glossy bodywork, give an extra dimension to the image, while the dappled sunshine on the ground behind adds depth.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Older Than Fifty Years

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol

Next Tuesday, July 14th, is France’s Fête Nationale – National Day, or Bastille Day – so it seems appropriate for this week’s ‘Symbol’ challenge to show an image that symbolises our adopted country.

Accordingly, here is a detail of the Mairie (town hall) of the commune in which we live. It’s worth pointing out that administrative power in France is heavily devolved down to the local level, and pretty much anything you want to get done  – from getting married to having a new garage built – needs to be approved by, and go through, your local Mairie.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol.

 

Monumental

Large? You want large? Take a look at the human figures at bottom left of this image from Petra and you’ll get some idea of the scale of this monumental work.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Large Subjects

Art in the service of religion

In response to this week’s Black & White Challenge from Cee, here is an image of the extraordinarily intricate carving above the great door of Chartres Cathedral.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

This week we’re asked ‘what subject do you turn to frequently, more inspired each time?’

Well, I don’t know about the ‘more inspired’ bit, but I do like a nice reflection: as I’ve described it before, Nature’s best buy-one-get-one-free deal. So, here are three images I’ve captured over the past couple of weeks.

The first was taken from a boat on the Dordogne River:

Dordogne riverbank

Dordogne riverbank

The second is from the same boat trip, but I flipped the image 90 degrees clockwise for a more dramatic efect

A different perspective

A different perspective

And finally, taken at a display by the Cadre Noir elite team at France’s National equestrian School in Saumur, a rider passes in front of a mirror

Cadre Noir

Cadre Noir