Residency in Dubai

Last week, Cee wanted images of old buildings; this time it’s modern homes. I stayed (relatively) local for the old buildings – being pretty much surrounded by them in this part of France, quite apart from actually living in one myself.

Of course there are modern homes here too, but most of them are just not very interesting to look at. Whereas in Dubai pretty much everything is modern and a lot of it is architecturally noteworthy. This is the Pearl Resdence, one of the almost literally countless residential apartment blocks in the city. That’s another one reflected in its plate glass frontage.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Modern Homes

Shadows and reflections

Cee’s theme for her Black & White Challenge this week is shadows and reflections. You’re more likely to get just one or the other in a single image, but this picture of a well-preserved stone sarcophagus in the cloister of the local museum at Perigueux manages to combine the two thanks to the strong shadow cast by the bright sunlight and the reflection of yours truly (sadly, rather less well=preserved).

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows and reflections

Monday Window: Bernard’s Barn

This window is in the back wall of our neighbour Bernard’s barn. Reflected in it are the camellias that festoon the garden fence of my mother’s little house.

Monday Window 10 August 2020

The orange boat

Judy at Lifelessons has had the brilliant idea of posting the last image from either your SD card or phone. As she says, it’s something to pass the time while we’re all in solitary confinement in isolation.

This, from my iPhone, is one of the model boats (pleasingly, the other is blue) that one of our neighbours floats onto the pond at the centre of our little hameau when the water level permits. As it’s rained more or less constantly since September, that is no constraint.

 

52 Week Smartphone Challenge: 8 – Leading Lines

This is week 8 of the Smartphone Challenge being hosted by Khürt at islandinthenet.com, and we are looking for Leading Lines – more specifically, how they can be used to show the concept of infinity.

In the nearby town of Confolens there is a little bridge over a small tributary of the Vienne river. The parapet on the right provides a leading line, while the bridge itself, as well as providing an interesting reflection (itself a nod to the concept of infinity) obscures the course of the river, adding an element of mystery to the image.

Or something like that.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 8 Leading Lines

52-Week Smartphone Challenge: 5 – Symmetry

Week 5 of Khurt’s 52-Week Smartphone Challenge has the theme of ‘symmetry’. Reflections are always a good place to start when seeking symmetry, and bodies of water are always a good place to find reflections.

This pond is just across the road, about a hundred feet from our front door. It was completely dry back in the summer, but it’s done very little except rain here since late August, so it’s now an impressive little body of water.

52WeekSmartphoneChallenge: 5 – Symmetry

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fantasy

Frank’s theme for this week is ‘fantasy’. I suppose one way of defining that is as something that doesn’t actually exist but you would quite like it if it did.

The possibilities are almost endless, but on a very still day on the River Charente in the Dordogne there’s more than a suggestion of fantasy about the reflections of the riverbank.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Fantasy

Trees in the water

There’s an abstract, almost painterly feel to this image of trees reflected in a nearby pond:

Posted in response to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Trees

Behind the bust

At the Chateau Azay-le-Ferron, in the Indre département of central France, this bust of a former owner sits on a mantelpiece in front of a mirror that gives away some of the secrets of its construction.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Worship

Frank has set the theme of ‘Worship’ for the Tuesday Photo Challenge this week.

Always pleased to have an opportunity to showcase one of the most visually stunning places of worship you’re ever likely to see – he Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Worship