Palm tree at Hili Oasis

Another entry for this week’s Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge.

Taken at the Hili Oasis in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, this is the stump of a palm tree that’s had a severe pruning.

Palm trunk

The woodpile

Last year, we had a dead oak tree at the bottom of one of our fields. Patrice, the local forestier, cut it down for us and turned it into logs for our woodburning stoves. This year, it’s helping to keep us warm.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Wood

Freezing fog

In response to Cee’s latest Black & White Photo Challenge – Weather, an image taken last winter here at Tranquility Base.

Freezing fog

The link to the challenge is here.

 

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Feet

http://ceenphotography.com/2015/01/01/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-shoes-or-feet/

Detail from the base of a lectern in St Mary’s Church, Beverley. Of course the subject is the feet, but the reflection of the church interior provides context.

B&WFeet

Photography 101: Architecture

A view of – a small part of – the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

In ‘real’ life, of course, this would be shimmering white marble (topped with gold) against a clear blue sky.

Architecture

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-second story

This photograph was taken a few years ago from the balcony of my apartment in Abu Dhabi. A fire had broken out in a residential building just around the corner (on Electra, for the locals) and the emergency helicopter service was called in to rescue some people who were trapped on the roof. You can just see one being winched inside the hovering helicopter, hanging on to a crew member for dear life.

I converted the original to black and white, partly for dramatic effect but also to get round the impact of the smoke haze on the colour original.

Helicopter Rescue

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Oradour-sur-Glane is a village not far from here. In 1944 it was the scene of a Nazi atrocity, which can be read about here.

A new village was built nearby after the war, but the original is now preserved as a permanent museum and memorial to the 642 named victims.

Abandoned