Saturday, April 7, 2018

going for the gold

Yesterday was the warmest day of the year so far, 20C/70F.  "And the flowers bloomed like madness in the spring".  (Name that tune.)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

the first tastes of spring

Spring is very slowly starting to make its presence in Amboise.  Finally.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

CDP Theme Day - One color

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

These trees behind the Amboise annual outdoor ice skating rink were lit in many colors... but one color at a time.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

the long path to spring

Although technically, it arrives today, the freezing temperatures this morning belie that fact.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

the aliens

These aliens (aka the floodgates of the river Amasse) were as cold as us locals last week when the temperatures were hovering around freezing.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

the path of snow

It'll be awhile before this bike path is again filled with cycle tourists that will arrive in spring.  This snowy day I had it all to myself.

Monday, March 5, 2018

le glacier

The French word glacier is shop where ice cream is made (or at least sold, by my own observations).  The French word glace means ice cream or just ice.  I thought this view of a café on Place Debré brought both of these words together last week after the snow.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

snow removal

This is how snow gets removed in Amboise.  Not to worry about the cold too much though (note the green sign) since temperatures here are on the Centigrade scale.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

stairway to pigeon heaven

These stairs lead up from the left bank of the Loire to the level of the open market place.  On that level is found this pigeon shelter.  Of course, the shelter has the dual purpose of also trying to control the pigeon population.  So they may not actually find it so heavenly (they are not killed but some of their eggs are injected to render them neutered).

Friday, March 2, 2018

lightning strikes twice

Figuratively anyway.  In fact, after a five year "drought" from snow, Amboise had its second snow of this winter yesterday.  So guess what you're gonna be seeing for awhile here !

This the top of the levee, with the Loire on the left, and the château in the distance.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

CDP Theme Day - "play"

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

During Carnival festivities a few years ago, these guys were having a great time playing characters from times gone by.  I too am playing as though I have six pack abs.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

this just in, it's still winter

This shot taken before the holiday decoration were taken down from rue Nationale sums up the winter here so far:  long nights, lots of rain, low (for Amboise) temperatures.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

shadows on the levee

Shoppers leaving the Sunday market have a great view of the Loire from the levee, but they're missing out on the shadows.  This shot is quite in contrast to yesterday's which was taken very close to this one.  But no more snow now.  The sun has returned yet it's quite cold (for Amboise).

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.