Tuesday Photo Challenge: Steep

A characteristic of the many notable medieval buildings in the Dordogne town of Sarlat is their very steep roofs. In this image of one of the churches, this steepness is exaggerated by the camera angle that’s necessary to capture the entire edifice.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Steep

Lateral Thinking

Instructions:

  1. Take bog-standard photo of a grazing horse at the French National Stud in Pompadour
  2. Crop
  3. Rotate
  4. Post in response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with the theme of ‘Animals

The Lantern of the Dead

Although there apparently remains only one example in Britain, ‘lanterns of the dead (Lanternes des Morts) can still be seen in rural France and there are a couple of (fairly) local examples.

And what, you may be asking, is a Lanterne des Morts? This is how Wikipedia describes it:

“Lanternes des morts) are small stone towers found chiefly in the centre and west of France, pierced with small openings at the top, where a light was exhibited at night to indicate the position of a cemetery. These towers were usually circular, with a small entrance in the lower part giving access to the interior, so as to raise the lamps by a pulley to the required height.”

This small photo shows the exterior of the top part of the Lanterne in the village of Rancon:

However, Cee’s Black & White Challenge this week calls  for unusual perspectives, so this is what you would see if you were small enough to get inside the base of the tower and look up towards the sky.

 

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Unusual Perspectives

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

The rope twisted into a knot leads the eye in to this detail of a wooden dhow that I spotted in the Bateen area of Abu Dhabi city. The traditional boat is contrasted with the modern office blocks in the background.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

Perspectives on the Pont Valentre

The Pont Valentré, which bridges the river Lot in Cahors, dates from the fourteenth century, so certainly qualifies for Cee’s category this week of anything over 50 years old.

Then again, so do I….

The bridge’s four towers makes it visually appealing not only from a distance but also – unlike some – when you’re actually standing on it.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Over 50 years old

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

This image shows the stairwell of the bell-tower of the restored Abbaye de La Reau, in central France.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ascend

The Tower

From ground level, the stonework of the tower of this church at Chabanais looks particularly imposing:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bricks & Stone