Scary

It’s just a grasshopper (deceased).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Close-ups

Look up

A view of part of the mightily impressive vaulted and domed ceiling of the Cathedral of Saint-Front in Perigueux.

I did my usual trick of lying the camera on the floor pointing upwards, setting the timer and hovering just out of shot to make sure that nobody steps on it. It gives a different perspective and also stops you getting a crick in your neck.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Domes and Arches

The old florists’ shop

This shop, formerly a florists’, is one of many in the town of Bellac that is now closed and boarded up. But it’s a lot more attractive than most.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Storefronts

Disused railway tracks

Disused tracks just outside the old railway station in Chabanais.

(I applied an infra-red filter in order to enhance the impact of the vegetation – a polite way of saying weeds).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trains and tracks

Through the archway

I spotted this little statue of a sanglier (wild boar) through an aRchway in the old town of Perigueux.

The curve of the boar\s back echoes that of the archway and contrasts with the more formal geometric shapes of the stonework and the steps.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: must contain the letter ‘R’

Welcome shade

Most benches in Abu Dhabi tend to come with an accompanying shelter to provide some shade – essential when the sun beats down all day and air temperatures routinely exceed 40 degrees.

These benches are on Yas Island and, it must be said, are rather less interesting than the sinuous curves of the structure that shades them (not entirely successfully).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Benches

Oryx

A safe home in the Sir Bani Yas game reserve, Abu Dhabi.

Posted in response to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: All About Nature

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