Wooden walkway, Burano

A covered wooden walkway on the island of Burano, in the Venetian lagoon.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things Made From Wood

Lift your eyes towards the heavens

The eye-level architecture was impressive enough, but where could it be more appropriate and rewarding to look up than in a church like this one in Azay-le-Ferron?

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

A mighty chandelier

This enormous and ornate crystal chandelier hangs from the ceiling of the Grand Mosque in Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman

Posted in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Lighting

First Communion

Traditionally, when girls took their first communion in the Roman Catholic church they would wear ornately decorated white lace head-dresses such as this example:

Posted in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Backs of things

Box Kite

Cee’s theme for her Black & White Challenge this week is ‘anything that flies’.

That would certainly include this elaborate box kite, seen at the annual ‘Estevol’ air show at nearby Blond.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything that flies

Behind the bust

At the Chateau Azay-le-Ferron, in the Indre département of central France, this bust of a former owner sits on a mantelpiece in front of a mirror that gives away some of the secrets of its construction.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

Poppy

Last year, we (which is to say Madame) sowed a selection of wild flowers in a couple of raised beds in our garden. This year we have a colourful swathe of bright orange poppies, which have obviously self-seeded.

Monochrome, however, helps to bring out the detail of the heart of the flower.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flower