Saturday, February 24, 2018

frozen roses

Another shot from the snowfall of two weeks ago.  Here is a rose arbor on top of the levee next to the Loire.  The sky was very overcast, and I decided not to brighten this up as this is how it looked. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

gone but not forgotten

The snow of two weeks ago is gone, but not the photos of it.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

up on the rooftops

Sometimes in my photos, certain antennae seem to disappear.  Can't image how that happens.  But this time I think they add an interesting touch to this shot.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

it's so cold in Amboise ...

... even the polar bears are freezing.  This one is overseeing the temporary skating rink set up for the winter school vacation.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

At long last

After five years, the snow returned to Amboise yesterday.  While not a thick blanket as last time, it was enough to get some much needed snow shots on the trees and rooftops.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

No, not yet

Alas this shot from five years ago is a reminder of how infrequently it snows here.  There are a few hints in the forecast that there could be some this week but it seems to me that the ground is just not cold enough to allow it to accumulate.  I'll never give up hope though.

BTW, this view is one of my favorites in Amboise.  I've taken it in almost every season and weather conditions  you can think of.  For example, here it is in spring.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

shimmering lights

Holiday lights reflecting off a plastic tarp made this interesting dance of light.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

first flowers of the year

Recently planted beds of these guys make for a sharp contrast to all the grayness of this time of year.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

the floating bridge

The Loire is very high at the moment as are other rivers in France due to all the recent rains.  This bicycle path bridge in Amboise looks to be floating on the surface as the path on either side is under water.

Monday, January 1, 2018

CDP Theme Day - "Photo of the Year"

The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo and the first Theme Day of the year is "Picture of the Year".  To see how the others interpreted this theme click here.

For me, this photo from August, can represent a family's hopes as it enters the New Year.

Friday, December 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day - gift

If you're looking for that unusual gift, that may not be actually new, then a brocante is where you want to shop (in France anyway).

The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo and today's theme is "gift".  To see how the others interpreted this theme click here.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

international Thanksgiving

Today we are celebrating a mostly traditional American Thanksgiving with some of our French friends.  Alas, no whole turkeys could be found so we're having duck instead.   This boulangerie (just 50 yards/meters away) graciously offered to make American-style rolls just for us on this occasion.  We have so much for which to be thankful.

And here they are:

Friday, November 24, 2017

this red vine...

... is traditionally predicted to turn black today.

Its scientific name comes from the unusual growing form of the vine: Tee-Rexus Redus.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

fall finale

Trees along the top of the levee next to the Loire with the bridge Leclerc in the foggy distance.  And Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

the royal banners

Banners flying over the château of Amboise have the symbols of the 15th century residents King Charles VIII and his Queen, Anne of Brittany.