Stone Steps

No doubt a safety hazard, but these stone steps have obviously survived everything the Noth Sea has thrown at them for a very long time.

CMMC 24 November 2021

Self-catering

A century and more ago, there were no school canteens – at least not in little village schools like this one in Montrol-Sénard. Pupils brought their hot lunches from home and kept them warm on the stove in the middle of the classroom.

CMMC 17 November 2021

Blue Sky Thinking

The bluest of blue skies above the town of Perigueux.

This image has been cropped but is otherwise completely unretouched: the sky really was that blue.

CMMC 10 November 2021

Looking Into The Lily

It’s macro week in Cee’s ongoing midweek challenge.

This is another image captured on my iPhone using the Halide photo app, which features what I think is a pretty impressive macro capability.

CMMC: November Macro

Ducks on a lake

A tranquil scene as ducks swim on the lake next to Linlithgow Palace in Scotland.

CMMC 27 October 2021

Sound Advice

I spotted this weatherbeaten sign down at the harbour in the small fishing village of Crail, in Scotland.

Personally, I wouldn’t need to be told once, never mind twice.

CMMC 20 October 2021

Consider The Lilies

These orange lilies were a gift from a friend. Not only are they very orange, but there is also a little piece of light green peeping between the leaves.

CMMC: Orange and Light Green

The only good hornet…

Apologies to Cee, who I know doesn’t really like creepy-crawlies, but just this once I wanted to plead her indulgence.

This evil-looking b*****d is a hornet (‘frelon’ in French) and you don’t mess with them. Their sting is extremely painful and toxic and they are psychopathic about using it.

Swat one and they release a pheromone that summons the swarm. Do that outdoors and you’d better get inside and close the doors and windows pretty sharpish, because their mates will be round looking for revenge. Swat one indoors – well, just stay there.

At this time of year they are dying off (how sad; never mind) and this specimen was crawling on our doorframe one morning, barely alive and about to breathe its last. I wouldn’t have got so close with my smartphone otherwise.

Sorry again, Cee.

CMMC: Macro 6 October 2021

It’s That Time Of Year Again

The nights are drawing in, it’s turning chillier and drifts of fallen leaves are starting to gather in the local sheep market.

Autumn is upon us.

CMMC: Autumn or Spring

Clock

The Collegiale church in Le Dorat has an imposing tower with a four-sided steepled roof. Fortuitously, there is a clock on each side of this sloping roof (which meets the criterion for this week’s Black & White Challenge) and as the sun sets on a very bright day, there is a pleasing contrast between the light and shady sides.

Indeed, I think this is brought out more effectively with a monochrome treatment, as here.

CMMC: Must have an ‘o’ in the middle of the word