Posted on January 18, 2019
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.
Posted on January 11, 2019
Posted on January 4, 2019
In the old cafe at the rural museum in Montrol-Sénard there’s a wood-burning stove range. This is one of the hotplates.
Posted on December 28, 2018
Cee’s Black & White theme this week is the wide-ranging one of ‘all about nature’
The monochrome treatment of this image of the centre of a round cactus really helps to highlight the inherent symmetry to be found in nature
Posted on December 21, 2018
Posted on December 16, 2018
Although this looks a little like a lunar landscape, in fact this photograph was taken on Sir Bani Yas island in Abu Dhabi. The long shadows of approaching sunset provide plenty of detail.
Posted on December 7, 2018
Cee’s theme for this week’s Black & White Photo Challenge is ‘Hot and/or Cold’. Here is an image that encapsulates both. This is a wind tower in al-Bastakiya – what’s left of the old part of Dubai. It works on the principle of drawing in the desert breezes at the top and funneling them down to provide a cooler draught at ground level. Air-conditioning, in other words.