Posted on November 22, 2017
Out here in the French countryside, many things are still done as they have been for generations – working off the lunar calendar, for example. However, the local farmers are by no means averse to using technology to make their life a bit easier.
So the horses have been put out to grass and the heavy work is now done with tractors. And that’s progress.
Just ask the horse.
Posted on November 14, 2017
Frank’s theme for this week is ‘Bridge’, so here’s a twofer: two of the bridges that span the River Lot in the town of Cahors.
This more modern road bridge isn’t too shabby, especially when the shadows make it look a little like a set of nutcrackers:
…although the famous one is the medieval Pont Valentré:
Posted on November 7, 2017
Frank has chosen ‘Kitchen’ as the theme for this week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge, so here is an image from the restored kitchens of the medieval Abbaye de La Réau.
Clearly, these are not the original pots and pans and jars – unless Bonne Maman has been making jam for a lot longer than anyone has ever suspected.
Posted on October 31, 2017
Still away from base, so for Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge this week it’s another dig into the archives to match his theme of ‘Broken’.
I must say, this is one of my favourite photos – a broken cartwheel seen through the window of the blacksmith’s shop in the nearby ‘living museum’ village of Montrol-Sénard. The blurring of the ancient glass and the spiders’ webs gives the image an other-worldly atmosphere.
Posted on October 24, 2017
Still away from base, so still reliant on the back catalogue to respond to Frank’s latest theme, of ‘Sky’.
This was originally posted as the ‘after’ image of a largely unregarded post-processing challenge a couple of years ago.
The photograph was taken at sunset in the giraffe compound on the Sir Bani Yas game reserve in Abu Dhabi. Because the island is largely desert and this was well inland, the sky was not in the usual blue to purple part of the spectrum.
Posted on October 17, 2017
For Frank’s challenge this week – ‘Bird’ – I need to apologise for re-posting an image I’ve used before. The fact is that I’m away from home for the next couple of weeks or so, and as the technicalities of the cloud are beyond me, I only have access to my WordPress photo library.
Anyway, with that confession out of the way, here’s an ostrich making his feelings felt while we were out on a safari drive a few years ago.
Posted on October 10, 2017
This week, Frank has chosen ‘sand’ as his Tuesday Challenge theme.
I think I can help you there. We lived in Abu Dhabi for ten years and were surrounded by the stuff.
This image, however, comes from the desert just outside the oasis town of Al Ain. It’s not that far from civilisation (witness the electricity pylons on the horizon), but the dunes seem to roll away endlessly in every direction. Note also the animal tracks.