Catherine de Medici was the Queen of France from 1547 to 1559 as the wife of King Henry II. This statue in the Jardins du Luxembourg portrays her as an austere, rather forbidding lady. Was this the result of Henry excluding her from state affairs, preferring to favour his mistress, Diane de Poitiers? Probably. OJ
In the passages (arcades) of the 9th arrondissement of Paris, one finds a variety of antique shops, brocantes or simply "junk shops". I find these fascinating and there is always the possibility (however remote) that something of real value might be lurking in there somewhere ... OJ
A group of kudu cows stand and listen - their large funnel shaped ears scanning the surrounding bush for the sound of a predator. This photograph was taken late in the afternoon when the kudu, being mainly nocturnal, prepare for their night-time grazing.