Sooner Watch Paint Dry

This little dog was tucked under its owner’s arm, not remotely interested in the horse-racing at the La Sagna Hippodrome, near Le Dorat.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Candid

In Memoriam

Cee’s theme for her Black & White challenge this week is ‘textures’. This stone tablet, mounted high on a wall in St Mary’s church in Beverley, East Yorkshire certainly meets that brief, but additionally has quite a poignant tale to tell.

The inscription is very worn and quite difficult to read, but this is what it says:

NEAR

Are the ashes of Mr Richd Greyburn

Who was ye only son of Mr Willm

Grayburn of this town, Alderman

IN

The dearest memory

Of so dutiful a son

So honest a tradesman

So pious a Christian

Who died ye 18th of May

Anno Domino 1720

In ye 31st year of his age

HIS

Mournful father

hath created

this Monument

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Texture

Ladder

The theme  for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is ‘Shadows’. This is the top of a ladder which allows sailors to step down into their boats from the jetty at Saint Andrews harbour, in Scotland. The low, bright sunlight casts strong shadows on and from the freshly painted metalwork – too red not to apply some selective colour to the image.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows

Elephants!

Cee’s topic this week is ‘small subjects’. So here are a pair of elephants.

I should explain that this carving – part of Madame’s extensive elephant collection – is in fact only about an inch long.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Small Subjects

The Corridor

Last week I visited the grand old Franciscan Abbaye de la Réau, which is currently undergoing substantial restoration. On the first floor of the accommodation block is this long corridor with, it must be said, rather palaial ‘cells’ (more like ‘suites’) leading off it.

The combination of light and shadow is what makes this image particularly suitable for monochrome treatment. Further interest is added by the model of a monk sitting on a bench away in the distance on the left.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: New Photo

The Path To…..?

This little-used track runs off the ‘main’ road between here and the nearby village of Saint-Martial-sur-Isop. It probably leads to an isolated farmhouse, but who knows?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Paths

Dhow #179

The wooden dhow is the traditional sea-going vessel of the Arabian Gulf. This one had been taken out of the water for maintenance in the Bateen area of Abu Dhabi.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Numbers