Autumn in the Japanese Garden

The city of Toulouse, in southern France, has a number of impressive formal green spaces, of which the Jardin Japonais is one of the finest, especially when the arrival of autumn makes the trees produce some dazzlingly vibrant colours.

CMMC: Autumn Colours

The Roman Column

There’s plenty of texture in this artfully lit section of a column dating from Roman times, on display in the Archaeological Museum in Toulouse.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Texture

September’s Last photo

A misty start to the day highlights the dew that has settled on this intricate cobweb.

What Lies through this window?

This mysterious window can be found in Aubeterre-sur Dronne.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Your Pick

Coffee Time

This highly decorative coffee service can be found at the Chateua de la Mercerie, in the Charente region of central France. It’s probably totally impractical (and certainly not dishwasher safe), but it is at least replete with curves and circles for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Circles and Curves

Stacked chairs

The centre of social life in our nearest village is the salle polyvalente – in effect, the local village hall. It hosts all kinds of meeting and functions and its furniture – including these remarkably uncomfortable chairs – are stacked neatly in another building, just behind the salle itself.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Tables and chairs

Magenta

I don’t know what these flowers are called, but I’d certainly say that the petals are tinged with magenta.

CMMC: Bright pink or magenta

The Buddleia in Our Back Garden

A mere twenty steps from our back door is a by-now well-established Buddleia bush, normally irresistible to butterflies and bees – although apparently not at the precise moment I took this photo a couple of days ago.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Fifty Steps Away

Soaring

For Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week,with the theme of ‘texture’, another dramatic image from the subterranean church at Aubeterre-sur-Dronne.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Soaring

A Big Old Moth

(with apologies to Cee for the creepy-crawly)

One morning last week, I opened our barn door and this blew out in a gust of wind. At first I thought it was a dried leaf, but when I stirred it with my foot, its wings opened. The wingspan is about three inches so it’s certainly bigger than your average moth.

CMMC: September Macro