Fallow Ground

Five minutes walk down the road from here is this field, which last year had a late crop of maize. This year it’s been left fallow, but this is what it looked like in January.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Ground

Red Hot Poker

With an open topic from Cee for this week, I was naturally drawn to one of my favourite subjects, particularly as it’s not listed for the coming weeks.

This image is a detail from a photograph I took of a ‘Red Hot Poker’  (Kniphofia if you want to be properly botanical about it) that flowered last week.

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Not that I’m a gardener by any means (that is Madame’s domain; I just cut the grass and do some of the heavy lifting) but macro photography is one of my particular interests and flowers are an inexhaustible source of subject matter

Just so you can see where it’s come from, here is the original image. Fun with Lightroom did the rest.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Open Topic

Aaaww, meerkats

Who doesn’t love a meerkat? This photograph was taken at Al Ain Zoo a few years ago. I particularly like the quizzical expression of the one on the left.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Animals

Relics

Our house is well over 200 years old and on the land that comes with it there have, over the years, been many other buildings – barns, outhouses, even another cottage – that have long ago disappeared.

However, occasionally relics of bygone ages turn up in the ground, including these two ancient forks and part of a doorlatch. The heavy rusting gives an interesting texture, especially in black & white. So here you have a new photo of something very old.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge.

Horse’s Head (Detail)

Detail of a carved wooden horse that sits on a table in our salon. The monochrome conversion (the real thing is actually bronze-coloured) highlights the interesting textures of the piece.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge.

Bottle Bank

A bit of a stretch maybe, but there is definitely liquid in these bottles: wine from the St. Emilion area of Bordeaux.

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Abandoned

Here in the depths of the French countryside there is no shortage of abandoned buildings – the ones that even the hardiest expats won’t buy.

A colour version of this image was included in a post entitled ‘Rural Reflections‘ that I put up last year, but I think that the greyscale conversion works well.

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