Crocuses

Presenting a monochrome image of a flower that’s at least as interesting as the original is quite challenging, since one of the main selling-points of flower photography is the colour. Hopefully, though, this picture of a couple of crocuses does the job – helped by the lead-in lines provided by the leaves.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flowers

Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy

Here is an image you could describe as creepy. Or maybe just plain weird. Taken through a shop doorway in Venice last year.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy

Moving Parts

Not a refugee from a Transformers movie, but a close-up of one of the cylinders on a propeller engine from an old aeroplane.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things With Engines or Motors

Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”

 – Oscar Wilde

In nearby Le Dorat, some council workmen were marking out parking bays in the main square, using these shiny metal studs. In their pristine state, they provided some lovely reflections.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Beneath Your Feet

Sabots

Until well into the last century, the ‘ default’ footwear in rural France was wooden clogs, made by the local ‘sabotier’ (the French word for clog is ‘sabot’ – from which the word ‘saboteur’ is also derived). Indeed, part of our house was once the local sabotier’s workshop, as shown in the second image at the bottom of this post.

Nowadays, clogs are mainly used for decorative purposes (we have a couple of old pairs ourselves), but they are still used by a local traditional dance troupe, as shown in this image.

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(On this occasion I decided to use a sepia tone as it seems more in keeping with the ‘retro’ subject)

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Hands, Feet or Paws

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This room is now our entrance hall. It’s been done up a bit since this was taken.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration

Having a camera means seeing the world with a photographer’s eye. It can also mean being able to see things that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. That’s inspiring.

This photograph illustrates the point. Last weekend was the annual airshow (‘estevol’) at Blond. It was a cloudy, overcast day which at least meant that the sky provided a good neutral background. It was also very windy.

One of the regular features of the estevol is a very colourful display of kites. The wind was perfect for flying them, but it took a camera – and only 1/8000 of a second – to ‘freeze’ this particular ‘cerf-volant’, which otherwise would have been just a blur.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration

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