Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

According to this reflection in a distorting mirror at Chateau de Maillant, I seem to have lost quite a bit of weight recently. And that is unusual.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delta

The snow will melt; the tracks will disappear, the trees will bud again. Even in the 1/6000th of a second it took to record this image, all these processes of change were under way.

[I know I’m not the only one to be a little miffed that this week’s theme of ‘Delta’ is remarkably and unimaginatively similar to last week’s ‘Transient’]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Delta

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

This blossom on a silk tree is lovely now, but will soon be reduced to the dried, shrivelled state of its neighbour.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Transient

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

This slightly blown rose was standing all alone in the nearby village of Lesterps and for some reason which I cannot now remember I was unable to get very close to it for a conventional sharp flower image.

However, by cropping as I have and retaining some of the blurred, out-of-focus background (reinforced by a little vignetting and dehazing in Lightroom) I think it stands out at least as well as it would have done if it filled the whole frame.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

Weekly Photo Challenge: Order

In the cellars beneath Épernay, bottles of champagne lie maturing in racks.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Order

Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

What could be more ‘soon passing…quickly fading or disappearing’ – evanescent – than a firework?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage

We live in a very rural part of France, where agriculture remains a crucial element of the local economy.

As most farms remain family businesses, they are typically much smaller than the vast agri-industrial enterprises to be found elsewhere. Modern methods are used, of course (nobody uses a pair of horses for tilling any more, apart from at the annual ploughing competition), but there is still plenty of heritage, in the sense of evidence of the way things used to be done.

In particular, there is the open-air museum of rural life at nearby Montrol-Sénard, which includes this barn, still containing old cattle byres. There were some just like these in our own barn when we bought it, but they were too far gone and disappeared during the restoration process.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Heritage