The Eyes Have It

Cee’s topic this week is birds. As selective colour is permitted – and, I think, really works in this case – here is an owl (I’m afraid I cannot remember what kind).

The plumage is black and white in any case, so all I had to do was desaturate the greens in the background. Those orange irises are really very striking.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Birds

‘We value our privacy’

They like to keep themselves to themselves in Chabanais:

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

Bateau Mouche

The bateaux mouches are the tourist boats that ply the River Seine in Paris. Business wasn’t so good on this particular day….

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Chairs and tables

Circulation Perturbée

Down here in la France profonde, the more common causes of circulation perturbée (traffic problems) – such as roadworks or a jack-knifed lorry – are just as likely to be supplemented by finding yourself on a country road  behind a local farmer in the process of moving his flock of sheep from one field to another.

The ubiquitous white van is the modern-day sheepdog.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: must end in ‘ock’

Portents

Well, if it’s not actually raining, it soon will be….

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Clouds

Muddy tracks

There are many ‘roads’ like this one around here – access tracks for agricultural equipment. You certainly wouldn’t want to try and get your shiny new roadster along here, or even your flash SUV, probably.

It has been a very wet winter here and the ground is very muddy, which accounts for the almost three-dimensional set of tractor tracks in this image.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Roads

Wheels within wheels

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week, another image of our neighbour Terry’s lovingly cared-for motorcycle:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Cycles