Barely off the ground

‘What is it?’ you may well ask when confronted by this stone artefact in the nearby village of Bonnefont.

It is – and there aren’t many of them about – part of a granite funerary ‘coffre’. The hole in the middle was designed to hold an urn of ashes and it would originally have stood on a pedestal. That has long gone, which is why the whole thing looks so short. It dates from the 4th century.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Short

A long head on a long neck

Cee’s theme for her Black & White Challenge this week is something long.

Well, a giraffe came to mind – such as this one in the Game Reserve on Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Something long

The Tip Of The Iceberg…

When we bought our French house (aka ‘Brokedown Palace’), this is the state that the barn was in. Those bales of rotting hay were all that were holding up not only the roof (such as it was), but pretty much the entire edifice. Since part of the bâtiment belongs to our neighbour, getting it fixed was something of a priority. It cost about as much as we originally paid for the house and land in the first place.

And that was just the tip of the iceberg…

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Decay

En garde

This fiercely proud lion stands guard in the Musée d’Orsay, on the left bank of the Seine in Paris. Notice the even fiercer lion standing guard behind him.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Heads

Spiral staircase

I’m always fascinated by the elegant geometry of spiral staircases.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Double bubble

Double the boys, double the bubbles.

Posted in response to Cee’s Black & White Challenge looking for anything with double letters.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything with double letters

Up in the clouds

‘Anything with an engine’ is Cee’s topic for her Black & White Challenge this week. So here’s a light plane showing its paces at the annual ‘Estevol’ air show near Blond.

This is an image which works much better in monochrome than colour, thanks mainly to the enhanced contrast of the plane with those big clouds.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge 9 April 2020

The old cart

When we bought our ruin house, there was a deconstructed old cart in what we now call our ‘Salon’ but was then a dirt-floored room that had probably housed livestock back in the day.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Wheels

The Eyes Have It

Cee’s topic this week is birds. As selective colour is permitted – and, I think, really works in this case – here is an owl (I’m afraid I cannot remember what kind).

The plumage is black and white in any case, so all I had to do was desaturate the greens in the background. Those orange irises are really very striking.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Birds

‘We value our privacy’

They like to keep themselves to themselves in Chabanais:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fences & Gates