One Horse Or Two?

I took this photograph a couple of years ago at a ‘Spectacle’ featuring birds of prey in nearby St-Germain-de-Confolens.

The answer to the rhetorical question in the title is actually ‘two’, although the optical illusion is that it’s just a single horse, albeit one with a very long neck. Either way, I think the image is quite striking.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Animal

Weekly Photo Challenge: Against The Odds

“Maybe it’s a photo of something you’re not sure you’ll be able to do.”

At France’s elite equestrian academy, the Cadre Noir, these acrobats are undoubtedly doing something I know I wouldn’t be able to do:


Weekly Photo Challenge: Against The Odds

Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 14 – Wrong Position

A perfectly okay photograph of a line of horses of the ‘Cadre Noir’ of France’s national equestrian centre. Apart from the flowerpot emerging from the centre rider’s hat. And the apparent rotor-blade on number 3’s hat. Oh, and if the leader hadn’t had his tongue out, that would have been good too.

Other than that, spot on.

Wrong Place

Hugh’s Photo Challenge: Week 14

Weekly Photo Challenge: Muse

This week we’re asked ‘what subject do you turn to frequently, more inspired each time?’

Well, I don’t know about the ‘more inspired’ bit, but I do like a nice reflection: as I’ve described it before, Nature’s best buy-one-get-one-free deal. So, here are three images I’ve captured over the past couple of weeks.

The first was taken from a boat on the Dordogne River:

Dordogne riverbank

Dordogne riverbank

The second is from the same boat trip, but I flipped the image 90 degrees clockwise for a more dramatic efect

A different perspective

A different perspective

And finally, taken at a display by the Cadre Noir elite team at France’s National equestrian School in Saumur, a rider passes in front of a mirror

Cadre Noir

Cadre Noir