Right up until the most recent post in the Fun Foto Challenge, this week’s theme has been ‘candid’, but now it’s ‘catching people unawares’. It’s too late for me to change now, so you’re getting the post I’d already prepared.
At a recent Sunday market in the town of Chabanais there was, for no obvious reason, a small pen containing a few miserable-looking donkeys. The baleful stare that this one gave me suggests that he wasn’t happy to be photographed – or to be there in the first place.
For this week’s ‘Fun Foto’ Challenege, Cee is looking for a macro or close-up image. Well, here is a look into the heart of a flowering lily. Be sure to keep that pollen off your clothes, because you’ll never get it off.
Cee wants to see some images of tools this week. I spotted this in the Museum in Perigueux.
As the card states, it’s a pair of scissors for shearing sheep. They’ve been in the museum since 1914, but date from some time in the late 19th century at a guess. They are made of iron, no doubt by a village blacksmith.
Nowadays, sheep are sheared using electric clippers, which is obviously a lot quicker than this traditional method – although only a few years ago we watched our neighbour and his wife shearing one of their sheep with a pair quire similar to these.
Next year, the World Sheep-Shearing Championship (yes, there is such a thing) will be held in the nearby town of Le Dorat. I sense a major photo opportunity.