Tranquil reflections

A scene from the bustling metropolis that we call home and refer to as Tranquility Base. Our house lies behind these two, which are reflected in the village pond (├ętang).

The ripple – probably caused by one of the myriad frogs that colonise the pond – adds interest and helps to balance the image.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Reflections

Wherever the road leads

Who knows where this farm track leads?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Outdoor paths

A Fort Near Al Ain

You can’t help but admire the uncompromising geometry of this restored desert fort outside the city of Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes

Doom and gloom

The looming clouds and silhouetted trees bring a sense of menace to this image, which is further heightened by the thorns on the branch of a rose bush that cuts diagonally across the frame.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trees

The White Rose

This rose climbs on a trellis in our garden. The petals are pure white, but the ‘working parts’, as it were, are vibrant yellow and orange.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge 24 June 2021

Stuffed And Mounted

Visit any medieval chateau that’s open to the public and you’re almost certain to find a whole array of mementos in the form of stuffed heads – like this example, from near Sarlat in the Dordogne.

I suspect that this is the head of a much-prized bull rather than a hunting trophy.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Pets or stuffed animals

A Deckchair Made Of Roses

This is not something you see every day. Unless you happened to be at the Festival of Roses in Douai La Fontaine a couple of years ago.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge 4 June 2021

Five Shelves Of Shoes

The keyword for Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week is ‘five’.

The peerless Madame is the President of a local charity shop which sells – among many other things – clothes and shoes. So here are five shelves of shoes (and that’s a lot easier to read than to say).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Five

Wherever The Road Leads

Cee’s Black & White Challenge for this week is to show places to walk or hike. Out here in the French countryside the ‘proper’ roads are few and far between, but there are many mysterious-looking tracks, used only for farmers’ access, that are well worth exploring on a country walk.

In this case, I particularly liked the strong shadows of the trees across the path, which look almost like railway sleepers as they recede into the distance .

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Places to walk or hike

Architectural Incongruity

I was struck by the incongruity of the balcony plonked in the middle of this house in the village of Lesterps.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Buildings