Desert Landscape

Although this looks a little like a lunar landscape, in fact this photograph was taken on Sir Bani Yas island in Abu Dhabi. The long shadows of approaching sunset provide plenty of detail.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Rocks, Boulders, Stones

The Wind Tower

Cee’s theme for this week’s Black & White Photo Challenge is ‘Hot and/or Cold’. Here is an image that encapsulates both. This is a wind tower in al-Bastakiya – what’s left of the old part of Dubai. It works on the principle of drawing in the desert breezes at the top and funneling them down to provide a cooler draught at ground level. Air-conditioning, in other words.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Hot & Cold

Champagne as far as the eye can see…

The hills around the village of Ay are given over almost entirely to vines growing the grapes that will later be turned into (particularly good) champagne.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Field

Flight Path

I have to admit that this is a pretty free interpretation of Cee’s Black & White challenge this week of ‘public transport’. However, the image – which is really all about the clouds – does include an aeroplane, which is certainly a form of public transport.

This particular ‘plane is on its final descent into Heathrow Airport in London and is just passing over the railway bridge that crosses the Thames at Barnes.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Public Transport

Mist on the river

The Vienne river flows over the weir on a misty morning in the town of Chabanais.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flowing water

Glass of wine, anyone?

Shine a light through a glass of red wine and some of the effects can be quite pleasing.

(Same goes for drinkng it.)

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Liquid Drinks

Prelude to Prizegiving

These rows of plastic chairs were set out for the prize-giving ceremony at the Doué La Fontaine roses festival. We didn’t stay for that, but as the proceedings were scheduled to start during France’s World Cup semi-final match, I suspect that quite a few of them stayed empty.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Chairs