Get your bicycles here

Like many towns and cities across the world, Nantes operates a ‘bicycle-borrowing’ scheme, whereby it is possible to take a bicycle from a rack provided by the local authorities and ride it around town, returning it to any other bike rack.

Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week is ‘things made from plastic’. As are the rear mudguards of these public bicycles, seen here lined up just outside the cathedral. In real life they are a very distinctive bright orange, although the monotone conversion allows the viewer to focus on the composition of the image.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Anything made from plastic

Spider, spider

Cee’s Black & White challenge this week looks for a large object. To me, ‘large’ is a relative term: any elephant would look large stood next to a mouse, even if it’s pretty average-sized as far as elephants go.

However, there’s no doubt that this is one large spider. On display in Nantes (as, indeed, is an extra-large mechanical elephant), it’s lucky that it’s a man-made object rather than the real thing, because I for one would be running a mile.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Large Subjects

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Old

This week, Frank at Dutch Goes The Photo! has returned to the theme of ‘Old’.

As this year is, of course, the centenary of the end of World War I, this image seems appropriate. It is a French Army helmet of the period, now housed in the Museum at the Chateau des Ducs in Nantes.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Old

Thursday Doors: Nantes Cathedral

For the final instalment of doors from the French city of Nantes, we are looking at the magnificent cathedral, which has recently undergone extensive – and, I think, very sympathetic – renovation.

The first thing you notice about the external doors is how tall and narrow they are:

As I was snapping away, somebody had the temerity to walk into shot by coming out through one of the doors. At least it gives some perspective on how tall they actually are:

From the inside,they’re even more interesting:

…and any door within a door is worthy of a closer look:

Rather arrestingly, this door is halfway up a wall:

Door-shaped holes rather than actual doors on the Confessional:

Thursday Doors 25 May 2017

W is for Wrought Iron

This wrought iron balcony dates from about 1740 and is now on display in the Chateau des Ducs museum in Nantes. The pattern is complex enough on its own but the shadows add a further dimension.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: W or X

Thursday Doors: More From Nantes

This is the third instalment of doors from the French city of Nantes (and there will be more…), but this time without a specific theme.

According to TripAdvisor, the top attraction in Nantes is the Botanical Gardens. This is the rather grand greenhouse:

Less exotically, a couple of doors from the immediate environs of the Chateu des Ducs, which was featured last week.

I like the contrast of black door and red shutters in this example:

Speaking of black(ish) doors…

I was drawn by the unusual ‘font’ of the number on this door:

And finally a well-worn old wooden door:

Next week, some rather grander doors (again) – this time from the cathedral.

Thursday Doors 18 May 2017

Tuesdays of Texture: Sea Chest

Lots of textures in this detail of the ornate iron lock of a wooden sea chest, found in the Chateau des Ducs Museum in the French city of Nantes.

Tuesdays of Texture 16 May 2017