The Weir

A different angle on the River Vienne as it flows over the weir in the middle of the town of Chabanais.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Water

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Quotidian

For this week’s Tuesday Challenge, Frank at Dutch Goes The Photo! has set the theme of ‘quotidian’, in the sense of the normal everyday that could, in photographic terms, repay a closer view or a different perspective.

What could be more humdrum than a drain, you may wonder? But this drain-cover in the gutter of a street in Chabanais is surely worth a second glance, not only for the interesting structure of the ironwork, but also for the contrast provided by the autumn leaves that have become trapped in it.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Quotidian

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting on 2017

The final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge of the year is to post the ‘most meaningful’ photograph that we’ve taken in 2017.

I was surprised to discover that my Lightroom catalogue has expanded by well over 2,000 during the course of this year, so there’s plenty to choose from. I wouldn’t describe any of them as being particularly  ‘meaningful’; I just enjoy ‘spotting’ images and capturing them in photographs.

Probably my favourite subject, though, is reflections, so here are two images (I coudn’t choose between them) that haven’t been posted before.

The first was taken from a boat on the River Lot in the town of Cahors and is of a buoy, which has the inestimable advantage of constituting a red foreground object. I also like the contrast between the sharpness of the buoy and the blur of the reflected trees and buildings. With a bit of post-processing, it’s also possible to see why it’s there.

The second is of the River Vienne in the town of Chabanais on a peerlessly calm and sunny day: in October, no less.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Best of 2017

Fence

Bright sunlight casting strong shadows made this fence by the riverside in Chabanais a good subject for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Fences

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

There are few things that convey a greater sense of serenity than a perfect reflection, as in this image of the River Vienne as it flows through the town of Chabanais.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

Misty Morning

Early morning mist on the river Vienne at Chabanais (which thoughtfully also provided the inspiration for an earlier post in this weekly challenge)

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Weather

Thursday Doors: Chabanais

The town of Chabanais stands on the Vienne river in the neighbouring département of Charente.

It’s about a 45-minute drive from Tranquility Base and we used to go there quite regularly for pub quizzes – until the pub in question closed down abruptly and without explanation (the inevitable rumours suggested that this may have had something to do with tax payments, or absence thereof).

So I hadn’t really seen the town in the daytime until recently, when we visited on a Saturday morning. While Madame did her thing with the quilting group, I slouched off with my camera in search of more doors for your delectation.

Although there’s not much left of the old parts of the place, it can still boast a few interesting doors, so my quest wasn’t entirely fruitless.

As it turns out, most of these images form natural pairs, such as these green doors:

And then there were these:

Two adjacent doors:

And even this single door is a double door, if you see what I mean:

Thursday Doors 9 November 2017