Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be…

The latest WordPress weekly Photo Challenge is a particularly interesting – and difficult – one. We are asked to post an image illustrating what we would rather be doing.

It seems to me that one’s starting point is crucial here. It all rather depends on what I’m doing at the time the question is posed. I can think of lots of things I might (have to) be doing where watching paint dry would be a more acceptable alternative. Equally, there are a few things I would rather be doing than just about anything else.

Neither of these categories, however, really lend themselves to being pictured – and certainly not in the public domain.

The truth is, I would probably rather be taking photographs than anything else: this is, after all, my principal interest. And if I was being more specific, it would be taking photographs of interesting doors.

So this:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rather

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting on 2017

The final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge of the year is to post the ‘most meaningful’ photograph that we’ve taken in 2017.

I was surprised to discover that my Lightroom catalogue has expanded by well over 2,000 during the course of this year, so there’s plenty to choose from. I wouldn’t describe any of them as being particularly  ‘meaningful’; I just enjoy ‘spotting’ images and capturing them in photographs.

Probably my favourite subject, though, is reflections, so here are two images (I coudn’t choose between them) that haven’t been posted before.

The first was taken from a boat on the River Lot in the town of Cahors and is of a buoy, which has the inestimable advantage of constituting a red foreground object. I also like the contrast between the sharpness of the buoy and the blur of the reflected trees and buildings. With a bit of post-processing, it’s also possible to see why it’s there.

The second is of the River Vienne in the town of Chabanais on a peerlessly calm and sunny day: in October, no less.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Best of 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

There are few things that convey a greater sense of serenity than a perfect reflection, as in this image of the River Vienne as it flows through the town of Chabanais.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serene

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bridge

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:

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Bridge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek

Another dip into the archives for the Weekly Photo Challenge this time, as I’m still away from home and therefore from full access to my image library.

Here, my grandson takes a peek around the patio door of our apartment in Abu Dhabi. He – and his twin brother – are rather bigger now.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peek

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian

Pedestrians, but hardly a pedestrian setting.

In Venice, and also on the islands in the Venetian Lagoon, if you’re not in a boat then you have to be a pedestrian. These particular examples of the species are walking alongside one of the small canals on the island of Burano.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pedestrian

Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental

It’s not the easiest thing to find an image that shows all four primal elements at once.

However, this picture, taken along a lane about a mile from here, undoubtedly conveys three of them: air, water and earth. And since the sun was shining, perhaps that could be taken for fire. In any case, it’s a tranquil rural scene.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental