Wednesday, 18 January 2017

GOTHIC BRIDGE OVER THE LOIR


The road to the small town of Lavardin crosses this Gothic bridge over the tranquil and gently flowing Loir River.

October 2011
OJ

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

EMBARRASSED?















































































The abbey of La Trinite in Vendome was founded in 1034.  Its interior contains elements of a variety of architectural styles from Romanesque to Gothic. This statue of a king or possibly a bishop shows traces of its original colouring and a remnant of red on the cheek gives it an embarrassed air.  Would he be less embarrassed if the abbey was better maintained?

OJ

Monday, 16 January 2017

GREEN


My Monday posts usually feature a photograph which celebrates the essential ingredient of photography
- LIGHT.


I have entitled this photograph which I took in the Loir valley near the village of Troo, "Green".

It highlights various shades of that life-sustaining chemical, chlorophyll that has the ability to convert carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen using the energy of light and giving the leaves of plants their green colour.

Have a good week!

OJ 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

WEEK-END WISDOM - (16) - BERTRAND RUSSELL ON POLITICIANS


A comment on politicians from Bertrand Russell in "New Hopes for a Changing World"

“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.”

Thursday, 12 January 2017

NOTRE DAME AT SUNSET


Notre Dame cathedral photographed from the Left Bank at sunset with the fading light adding a pink tinge to the twin towers of the church.

Paris - December 2013

OJ

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

CANAL DE L'OURCQ CRUISE


Cruises on the Seine and the canals of Paris are very popular and a relaxed and convenient way of seeing the city and its environs. The most extensive is the all-day cruise on the Canal de l'Ourcq from the departure point at the Bassin de la Villette (shown above) to the Porte de l'Arsenal with a stop for lunch in the village of Claye-Souilly.  The distance covered is 108 km and the trip takes 8 and a half hours.

OJ

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

AIRBORNE


Simonstown, South Africa
December 2016

Two young lads seem to defy gravity as they dance enthusiastically to the beat of their jemba thumping accompanist.

OJ