Frank was probably thinking more about domestic pets for his theme this week of ‘Cat’. However, we haven’t had a pet cat since the late eighties, so we will have to settle for another member of the feline family, rather higher up the food chain.
This cheetah was in the game reserve on Sir Bani Yas island in Abu Dhabi. They’re very elusive (as well as rather noble-looking), so we were lucky to be able even to see one in the flesh, let alone to get close enough to capture a halfway decent image.
Frank’s chosen theme this week is ‘Trees’. We live in one of the most wooded areas of France, as it happens, so I’m certainly not short of pictures of trees to choose from. However, this image is from a little further afield : it’s the esplanade of the Chateau d’Amboise, in the Loire Valley. It’s perhaps best known for being the burial place of Leonardo da Vinci.
We chose a rather overcast day (in fact, it rained heavily for much of the time) to visit, but when the sun did peek through, the light was nigh-on perfect.
At the turn of a decade, Frank has chosen the theme of ‘Retrospective’ for his challenge this week.
Ten years ago, we were living in Abu Dhabi and our daughter and her family – including our then two years old twin grandsons – were memorably with us for the Christmas holiday. One day we took them to the water park in the Corniche gardens, where they had great fun getting soaking wet.