The Old Stone Bridge at Sainte Radegonde

The River Vienne is comparatively narrow as it flows between the villages of Sainte Radegonde and St-Germain-de-Confolens and it’s crossed by a very old stone bridge. Look over the side and you’ll see that the roadway is supported on a number of pontoons, such as this one.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Stones or Brick

Bridge of shadows

Bright sunshine in Cahors casts the shadow of the Pont Valentre onto the weir beneath it.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bridges

Bridge over the Vienne at Chabanais

The ironwork of the main road bridge across the River Vienne in Chabanais is perfectly mirrored in the water on an exceptionally clear, still and sunny day.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Mirrored

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Build

What you see here is one of the towers of the new Queensferry Crossing road bridge across the Firth of Forth just outside Edinburgh, while it was under construction. That should qualify for Frank’s theme of ‘Build’ for this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Considering that this photograph was taken with a mobile phone through the window of a car travelling at 50 mph – over the old road bridge – I don’t think it’s too bad.

This is what the finished article looks like; it’s stunning:

Tuesday Photo Challenge 28 November 2017

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bridge

Frank’s theme for this week is ‘Bridge’, so here’s a twofer: two of the bridges that span the River Lot in the town of Cahors.

This more modern road bridge isn’t too shabby, especially when the shadows make it look a little like a set of nutcrackers:

…although the famous one is the medieval Pont Valentré:

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bridge

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match

“A harmonious, pleasing combination” – the old stonework of the Pont Vieux that crosses  the Vienne river as it flows through the town of Confolens on a calm, sunny day.

And what  could be a better match than a reflection – especially when even the tall trees in the background echo the reflection in the water of the lamp post in the middle of the bridge?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match

Weekly Photo Challenge: Life Imitates Art

Claude Monet painted over 250 pictures of waterlilies, mostly those found in his garden at Giverny and most famously those which also included a view of the Japanese bridge. When visiting Giverny, it’s quite something to recognise a vista from one of Monet’s paintings and realise you’re standing in the same spot he must have done with his easel over a hundred years ago.

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Monet himself, of course, did it better; this version is now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Life Imitates Art