Through A Window

The windows of the open-air memorial of Oradour-sur-Glane are all devoid of glass but offer many perspectives of what lies beyond.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Through A Window

Bramble-Resistant

For her Black & White Challenge this week, Cee wants to see a concrete structure.

So be it. This concrete pylon supports the electricity cables that still deliver power out here in the sticks. They are obviously pretty durable, as they have to be, but nothing is going to stop the ubiquitous brambles from having a go.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Concrete Structures

Clock

The Collegiale church in Le Dorat has an imposing tower with a four-sided steepled roof. Fortuitously, there is a clock on each side of this sloping roof (which meets the criterion for this week’s Black & White Challenge) and as the sun sets on a very bright day, there is a pleasing contrast between the light and shady sides.

Indeed, I think this is brought out more effectively with a monochrome treatment, as here.

CMMC: Must have an ‘o’ in the middle of the word

Diffraction

Patterns of reflections and diffraction from a half-full (or should that be half-empty?) glass of water sitting on our dining table.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Patterns

Under April Skies

I took this photo from outside my front door at dusk one evening back in April this year. The exceptional mackerel sky was too dramatic to ignore.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Weather

Sweeping

This old stone staircase in the Bordeaux town of Saint-Emilion is rather grand, especially considering that it’s not in a stately home but rather an open-sided building housing a number of artisan workshops.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Steps

Turning Stones To Bread

The theme for the Fun Foto Challenge this week is ‘We Are The World’, which – at least in this blogger’s personal opinion – is a cloying, cliché-ridden dirge produced (or should that be ‘perpetrated’?) by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, who really could – and should – have done better. Or just not bothered.

But I digress. I have no image to go with this title. However, in part the lyrics read “turning stones to bread”.

Stones have an integral role to play in the making of bread, from the millstones that grind the wheat to the bricks that make up the ovens that bake the loaves.

That gave me the inspiration to post this image of the interior of a very large communal bread oven, in the open-air museum of Montrol-Sènard. The ceiling is quite a triumph of the bricklayers’ art.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: We Are The World

Keep Out – Or Keep In?

‘Fences and gates’ is what Cee is looking for in her Black & White Photo Challenge. ‘Fences and gates’ note: strictly speaking, this is not an either/or.

Okay then, how about this?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates

Complexity

This close-up of a small part of the infrastructure of the Sydney Harbour Bridge gives some idea of the intricate complexity of the steelwork.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bridges

Learning To Ride

My grandson, moving up from a three wheeled to a two-wheeled cycle.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: One, Two Or Three Wheels