Monday, May 22, 2017
Every May there is what I would call a "home" fair in Amboise. It's an opportunity for vendors of home products and services that are in and around Amboise to display their wares. As a photographer, I really love the white tents and in this case, the shadows on them.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Yesterday I (digitally) posted a shot of the interior of this clever building. I say clever because the following is a description that is (physically) posted outside:
"The dovecote or "fuye" of the Château du Clos Lucé was built in 1480 by Etienne le Loup .... The dovecote, unique of its kind in the Touraine, consists of a square exterior and an octagonal interior, and is built of brick, tuta limestone and mortar. The angles between the outer and inner walls allow for a constant circulation of air essential for the successful hatching and rearing of young birds. Two thirds of the way up the outside wall is the "larmier", a flat outcrop of projecting stones, convex on the lower side, to which slates were nailed to prevent predators, rats, ferrets, weasels, from climbing into the dovecote to steal eggs, drink the blood of young pigeons and drive away the parent birds. A gap at the base of the roof timers allowed the birds to enter and leave the dovecote. The roof is covered in flat tiles and topped by a finial in the form of a phallus, symbolizing fertility."
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Monday, May 15, 2017
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo. To see how the others interpreted today's theme click here.
I had to do a little digging for a decent photo for today's theme and so this shot of tomatoes was actually taken in September at a nearby Tomato Festival.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Well, I hope by now you're aware that today is election day in France. To win the presidency outright a candidate must get 50% of the votes and this year (as usual) no candidate is expected to get that. So there will be in all likelihood a runoff election in two weeks between the two top vote getters in this round 1 vote. Personally, I think runoffs are a great idea. And, by the way, what you're seeing is pretty much the only permitted election advertising allowed (no TV or radio ads, etc.). Political fund-raising as Americans know it doesn't really exist here.
Friday, April 21, 2017
I have been remiss in not already capturing the players of petanque, but this opportunity allowed me to resolve that as well as capturing the tulips in full bloom. Petanque is a French national pastime and for Americans it would seem to be somewhat a combination of bowling and horseshoes. It's not only played for fun but also for serious competitions.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
I've lived in Amboise several years now and have visited the local post office (La Poste) many times. But only recently when I was waiting outside for the doors to open for business did I notice this nice carved stone panel above the entrance. It's been 500 years since Leonardo himself moved to Amboise. Clos Lucé turned out to be his last home as he died there in 1519.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017
The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo. Today's theme is "wet" and you can see how the others interpreted the theme here.
For ADP, I chose this scene on the banks of the Loire, taken from the bridge Leclerc above.
Today I am announcing the winding down of Amboise Daily Photo. I think I have taken this blog pretty much to its limits for a small town such as Amboise. I am now finding it is increasingly difficult to post fresh ideas on a daily basis. However, ADP is not going away. I will make additional posts whenever I have a shot that is worth sharing.
But also today, I am announcing the start of another blog upon which I will focus my photographic energies. It's called France and Beyond because I will post photos from our many travels in France, Europe, Asia, the Americas... well, anywhere.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
I rarely see power boats on the Loire. This one has a small outboard that made hardly any noise at all and seemed to struggle a bit in going upstream, especially under the bridge. But this couple picked a great evening to motor about and take in the color.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Every February, the town of Amboise has an outdoor skating rink brought in for the great amusement of the winter vacationing school kids as well as the school kids at heart (that would be me). Last night was the grand opening with top level ice skaters putting on a show of how it's done.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
The three French public school groups are starting their winter vacations this week. Each gets two weeks off but the three are staggered so that the highways and ski resorts are less inundated. It's looking like that would be the only way I'll get any snow pictures this year. But fortunately there's still the fog.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
By local standards it's been quite cold recently. That would be around the freezing point and below (the average temperature historically are around the mid-forties F). That's probably warm by the standards of many of you so I don't expect too much sympathy. While there's no snow in the forecast, conditions are really good for frost.