Sunday, January 22, 2017

fronds in winter

There is at least one advantage to the sun being so low in winter here*.  It makes it a lot easier to shoot subjects back-lit by the sun.

* We're about the same latitude as the northern border of Maine.

Saturday, January 21, 2017


Now that the Loire has subsided a bit from its recent higher level, one can see how the waters have combed over the vegetation underneath.

Friday, January 20, 2017

if only

We've had all the right conditions except for one thing. Precipitation.  So in the meantime, here is a flashback to 2012.  Another lesson in learning to live with what life brings us.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

moon set and sunrise

I woke up the other morning and looked out to see a beautiful bright moon heading for moon set.  I dashed down to the banks of the Loire to find the morning mist had not yet cleared as sunrise was in progress.  It was really cold but I was glad I made the trip.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

tutu fast for me

Last Saturday there was the fourth annual road race la Ronde Solidaire de Saint-Vincent.  While this shot may look a little frivolous it is in fact very competitive.  (One of the top women finishers also wore a tutu.)  Alas, I had to sit out this one as it was a bit icy and I have been fighting a cold for over a month.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

sunset for Saturday

Another chapter in the ongoing story of sunsets posted on Saturday.  This one taken from our front door in December. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

reflections on Friday the 13th

Despite the bad press of the 13th, I think today will bring good fortune to those who seek it.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

casting the long shadow

Just before sunset, the château at Chenonceau casts a long and dark shadow on the surrounding trees.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

warm and cozy

Here's the Renaissance heating system at work in the Château of Amboise.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

back to the well

This elaborate well resides on the plaza in front of Château Chenonceau.

Monday, January 9, 2017

spiral Monday

Another one of those amazing spiral staircases at Château Chambord.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

nearly sunset

It was because it was nearly sunset that Château Chenonceau was bathed in this warm glow.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

les feuilles mortes

Today's title recalls a famous French tune by the same name from the 1940's (the words are from a poem by French poet Jacques Prévert and it was first performed by Yves Montand).  In 1947 Johnny Mercer wrote English lyrics and it has become the pop/jazz standard "Autumn Leaves".

Thursday, January 5, 2017

half moon at sunset

The sun seemed to be setting really fast at Chenonceau when I caught the moon behind this tower.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

the handrail

Another recent frosty photo.  This one in the crevice of a steel handrail.  Perhaps a congealed spider's web?

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

looking a lot like winter

Everywhere you go.  (Still have those Christmas tunes running through my head.)  But to follow up on yesterday's post, here is what the river bank looked like that same day...  a thin layer of frost on everything and a bit foggy.

Monday, January 2, 2017

frosty days

Temperatures have been running a little below average recently, and will be for the foreseeable future.  There's been no rain or snow (darn it), but that doesn't stop the frost from accumulating when temps are below freezing.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day - Photo of the Year

Happy New Year's everyone.  It's also of course the first day of the month so it's Theme Day for the worldwide photo bloggers of City Daily Photo.  Traditionally, the first Theme Day of the year is "Photo of the Year".  You can see how the others interpreted this theme here.  I chose this "6 pack" of shadow shots that I posted back in August.  I think the original blog title "so many directions" is very much appropriate for what looks to be an unpredictable year 2017.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New Year's eve of 2017

We're back in Amboise and awaiting the new year.  In this shot you can see the château decked out in its holiday lights.  Have a joyful and safe New Year's eve !

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve 2016

I'm still in the States celebrating with family but here is a recent shot of the belfry over rue Nationale in Amboise.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

what in the world

Another parting shot as we are off to the States for Christmas, so there won't be a post every day but I'll do what I can.  For my parting shot, though, I am leaving you with a little mystery.  I dashed over to château Chenonceau to get photos of their holiday decorations but I snapped this shot out the window as the sun was setting from one of the galleries that span the river Cher.  The question is, what in the world are those floating triangles?

Sunday, December 4, 2016

showing their colors

The Chapelle Saint-Hubert completes this nice trio of blue, white, and red.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


No, not a scandal, but a fortunate projection of one of our neighbor's gate onto the wall of another neighbor's home.

Friday, December 2, 2016

wine delivery American style

This old Chevrolet delivery truck has been perfectly restored (or perfectly maintained for all I know).  While it no longer makes deliveries, it serves as a great advertisement for a local seller of whiskeys and wines.  Here it was on display on Place Debré during the festival celebrating the arrival of the first bottles of wine from the 2016 harvest (known as Touraine primeur).

Thursday, December 1, 2016

City Daily Photo Theme Day - "transitions"

The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo.  You can see how the other bloggers interpreted the theme here.  For my post, I chose this old windmill that to me has a very Jules Verne style to it.  I understand there are a number of them in this area; here is another one I snapped earlier this year.  I was greatly surprised and pleased to recently find this one in my own "backyard" in Amboise.  It's located at the high school that teaches wine production.

Of course, these old style windmills marked a transition to a new type of energy source in their day.  I'm hoping their modern "offspring" will mark an energy transition for us as well.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

the spray

This tortoise sprays water into the air in the fountain designed by Max Ernst, much to the amusement of the kids who stop by after a long day of touring the château and Clos Lucé.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

a beautiful day

It was another beautiful autumn day when I grabbed this shot of the levee and the château... and of course the golden leaves.