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

Bateau Mouche

The bateaux mouches are the tourist boats that ply the River Seine in Paris. Business wasn’t so good on this particular day….

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Chairs and tables

Circulation Perturbée

Down here in la France profonde, the more common causes of circulation perturbée (traffic problems) – such as roadworks or a jack-knifed lorry – are just as likely to be supplemented by finding yourself on a country road  behind a local farmer in the process of moving his flock of sheep from one field to another.

The ubiquitous white van is the modern-day sheepdog.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: must end in ‘ock’

Portents

Well, if it’s not actually raining, it soon will be….

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Clouds

Muddy tracks

There are many ‘roads’ like this one around here – access tracks for agricultural equipment. You certainly wouldn’t want to try and get your shiny new roadster along here, or even your flash SUV, probably.

It has been a very wet winter here and the ground is very muddy, which accounts for the almost three-dimensional set of tractor tracks in this image.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Roads

Wheels within wheels

For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week, another image of our neighbour Terry’s lovingly cared-for motorcycle:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Cycles

Mystery building

I’ve been intrigued by this building ever since I first saw it over ten years ago. It is just outside the boundary of a shopping centre on the outskirts of Limoges.

I have no idea what it is, but the combination of shapes – including a spiral staircase – certainly fits the bill for Cee’s Black & White theme this week of ‘Geometry’.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Geometry