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

What colour is this bench?

Pink, actually. And although it looks metallic, it’s wooden.

However, as I was rendering the image into monochrome to meet Cee’s theme for this week, I accidentally hit on the Blue Hi-contrast filter pre-set in Lightroom and got this image. It just seemed too good to miss.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bench

This way to the dumpster

This hand-made – and most definitely unofficial – signpost in the city of Cahors, in southern France, points the way to a number of exotic locations. And Brussels.

However, the most practical pointer is probably the one which shows the way to the nearest benne à ordures: the garbage dumpster.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs

Fountain

This fountain, with its abstract design, is to be found in the formal landscaped gardens of Chateau Villandry, in France’s Loire Valley.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fountain

The Water Pump

The French equivalent of the Fire Brigade is the Sapeurs Pompiers. At last October’s Expo in Mézières-sur-Issoire, the local Pompiers put on a display of some of their ‘veteran’ equipment, including this mobile water pump that dates from 1949.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fire Service

The Swan

This swan was sailing, as majestically as only swans can, on the waterway that runs through the formal gardens of Chateau Villandry.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Birds

One Horse Or Two?

I took this photograph a couple of years ago at a ‘Spectacle’ featuring birds of prey in nearby St-Germain-de-Confolens.

The answer to the rhetorical question in the title is actually ‘two’, although the optical illusion is that it’s just a single horse, albeit one with a very long neck. Either way, I think the image is quite striking.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Animal