Mounting the steps

This set of five stone steps is a feature of my son’s house and that’s one of his mini Schnausers about to climb them.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Steps or ladders

Stretching Away….

Although the local sheep market is a relatively small affair, it’s still possible to get a perspective of the sheep pens disappearing into the distance.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Vanishing Point

Boulangerie РTermin̩

This – really very good – boulangerie in the village has just closed down without notice and no indication of why. At least we still have the local superette (which used to be based in these premises – hence the ‘Viveco’ sign), where the bread was better anyway, although not quite a match when it came to patisserie.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Storefronts or signs

I’ve been framed

I do still have a ‘proper’ camera – it’s in the title of this blog – but nowadays it only comes out for special excursions. Smartphone cameras are now so good for normal occasions, and much more convenient than lugging around an old-school full camera kit all the time.

This is yours truly, hiding behind my iPhone 12.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Cameras and Photographers

Cloudscape over Anstruther

The monochrome treatment certainly adds a lot of drama to this cloud formation, seen over the Scottish fishing village of Anstruther (pronounced ‘Anster’)

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Clouds

Underground Arches

A dramatic view of part of the subterranean church at Aubeterre-sur-Dronne.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Arches and Domes

Roman abstract

This photo shows a detail from the Roman museum in Perigueux. It’s part of a carefully reconstructed Roman villa which is replete with statuary and carved stonework. However, I thought this crop made for an interesting abstract image when rendered into monochrome.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Carvings, Sculptures and Statues

The outside light

In France, it is a legal requirement that all doors with external access must have a light above them (although it doesn’t have to be on all the time). This one is above our kitchen door.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lighting


There’s a metal five-barred gate that allows tractors to get into the fields behind our house. It’s secured by this bolt, as seen on a very frosty morning.

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

Tree rings

This tree obviously had a fw years under its belt before it was cut down and turned into logs, like this one from my woodpile.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Circles and curves