Roses In Decline

Sic transit gloria mundi.

Madame’s very lovely Mothers’ Day bouquet, two weeks on.

(An experiment with the HDR function of my new phone camera app).

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Rusty or decayed

Mosaic

This mosaic floor is just a small part of the rich decorations of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Triangles, Diamonds or Squares

Chicken Run

Cee’s CMMC Challenge this week is looking for a subject that contains either ‘Ch’ or ‘ck’ in the title.

The obvious answer, ticking both boxes, is ‘chicken’, so here’s a photograph taken at the annual Christmas Fair in the nearby village of Blond. The USP of this particular event is – or was, at any rate before Covid-19 (and a prior outbreak of Avian ‘Flu) the racing chickens.

Actually, the whole event is called the ‘Foire Aux Chapons’ – the Capon Fair. Capons are sterilised male chickens; they tend to be larger (and probably grumpier) than ordinary ones and a group of them is raced, if that’s the word (‘ushered’ is probably more like it), down the main street, amid scenes of overwhelming excitement. It’s like nothing so much as curling, but with poultry.

This is the aftermath of the race, as the runners and riders, so to speak, are ushered into their coop.

CMMC 24 March 2021: Must contain Ch or ck

An Owl In The Hand..

An owl perches on a gauntlet at a birds of prey display in St-Germain de Confolens.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Birds

Aerobatics

A French Air Force display ‘plane goes through its paces at the ‘Estevol’ air show.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything That Flies

Sunday Morning At The Station

The railway station at Beverley, in East Yorkshire, on a tranquil Sunday morning.

CMMC 17 March 2021

I’ve Had A Bucketful

Our grandson really needs to cut down on his drinking…..

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pail or pale

Unleash the Unpasteurised Brie

We’re ready for you….

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Found In A Kitchen

‘Floating’ Poppy

A bit of bokeh and a judicious angle makes this orange poppy appear to be floating in mid-air.

CMMC: Orange

Hole In The Wall

Is a window without a pane really anything more than just a hole in the wall?

A bird resting in the fort of the Hili Oasis, near Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Hole or Whole