Diffraction

Patterns of reflections and diffraction from a half-full (or should that be half-empty?) glass of water sitting on our dining table.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Patterns

Under April Skies

I took this photo from outside my front door at dusk one evening back in April this year. The exceptional mackerel sky was too dramatic to ignore.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Weather

Sweeping

This old stone staircase in the Bordeaux town of Saint-Emilion is rather grand, especially considering that it’s not in a stately home but rather an open-sided building housing a number of artisan workshops.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Steps

Turning Stones To Bread

The theme for the Fun Foto Challenge this week is ‘We Are The World’, which – at least in this blogger’s personal opinion – is a cloying, cliché-ridden dirge produced (or should that be ‘perpetrated’?) by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, who really could – and should – have done better. Or just not bothered.

But I digress. I have no image to go with this title. However, in part the lyrics read “turning stones to bread”.

Stones have an integral role to play in the making of bread, from the millstones that grind the wheat to the bricks that make up the ovens that bake the loaves.

That gave me the inspiration to post this image of the interior of a very large communal bread oven, in the open-air museum of Montrol-Sènard. The ceiling is quite a triumph of the bricklayers’ art.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: We Are The World

Keep Out – Or Keep In?

‘Fences and gates’ is what Cee is looking for in her Black & White Photo Challenge. ‘Fences and gates’ note: strictly speaking, this is not an either/or.

Okay then, how about this?

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

Complexity

This close-up of a small part of the infrastructure of the Sydney Harbour Bridge gives some idea of the intricate complexity of the steelwork.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bridges

Learning To Ride

My grandson, moving up from a three wheeled to a two-wheeled cycle.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: One, Two Or Three Wheels

Looming

Definitely a large subject for Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week is this looming tower, part of the medieval fortifications of the city of Perigueux.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Large Subjects

Shear Hard Work

A sheep shearer shows off his skills at a village display in nearby Saint-Martial-sur-Isop.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: People at work

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 (étang).

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