Splendid Isolation

This statue of King Louis IX – canonised as Saint Louis – stands in splendid isolation on a corner of the mighty basilica of Sacré-Coeur, which dominates the skyline of the Montmartre area of Paris.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Isolated Subjects

Petra: Made by Humans

It almost beggars belief that the colossal monuments of the ancient city of Petra, such as this tomb carved out of sandstone, were created thousands of years ago by mere human beings.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Made by humans

Horny Old Goat

Don’t be fooled by the title: it’s not a selfie.

What it is, though, is a mountain goat – I’m afraid I can’t remember the particular species – spotted at Al Ain Zoo in the United Arab Emirates.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Horns

A sense of perspective

For this week’s Black & White Photo Challenge, Cee wants to see something ‘in the distance’. Perhaps like the main road that can just be seen at the far end of this narrow passageway in the medieval quarter of the town of Perigueux.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In The Distance

The Petrified Caves

Well, it’s certainly true that Black & White can be fun, so why shouldn’t it be a subject for Cee’s Fun ‘Foto’ challenge?

In the petrified caves (‘grottes pétrifiantes’) near Villandry, a steady drip of water percolating through the limestone has produced some bizarre shapes, such as this, which reminds me of something from the fevered imagination of H P Lovecraft.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black & White

The Lantern of the Dead

Although there apparently remains only one example in Britain, ‘lanterns of the dead (Lanternes des Morts) can still be seen in rural France and there are a couple of (fairly) local examples.

And what, you may be asking, is a Lanterne des Morts? This is how Wikipedia describes it:

“Lanternes des morts) are small stone towers found chiefly in the centre and west of France, pierced with small openings at the top, where a light was exhibited at night to indicate the position of a cemetery. These towers were usually circular, with a small entrance in the lower part giving access to the interior, so as to raise the lamps by a pulley to the required height.”

This small photo shows the exterior of the top part of the Lanterne in the village of Rancon:

However, Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week calls  for unusual perspectives, so this is what you would see if you were small enough to get inside the base of the tower and look up towards the sky.

 

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Unusual Perspectives

The Harp

For Cee’s Black & White theme this week of ‘music’, here is an image of a harp in the music room of the Chateau d’Amboise.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Music