Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Dreaming of Sunflowers

We missed out on seeing sunflowers this year, so I'm dreaming about them instead. Most of these are Loire sunflowers.


After the rain.


The bees like them too.


As far as the eye can see.


They also look wonderful from behind.


Bonne journée to you all.


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Golden Oxford Stone

I was born and brought up in Oxford, but as a teenager and young adult I confess I wasn't really looking around me and admiring the beauty of the place. I was too busy coordinating my gazillion and one part time jobs with a view to leaving town as soon as possible. Now, as a 'grownup', I've started to look around me more carefully and of course this city has some rather amazing historical sites to admire. What has struck me this visit is the beauty of the stone, a rich golden coloured sandstone with toffee overtones, prone to erosion and as a result full of texture. 

Here is the view you get as you walk behind the Sheldonian Theatre in the centre of town, looking towards the Divinity School.




The detail of the stonework is amazing, and why those stone mullions don't break is beyond me.



Filigree corinthian capitals.



I love these wall ties that punctuate the facade of the north wall of the Bodleian Library.



This windowless facade on the western wall of the Bodleian Library courtyard to the is so striking. 



The Divinity School was just closing as we arrived, but I managed to take a sneak photo as the door was being closed. Look at the groin vaults on that!


And as we headed towards home, I got a a quick glimpse of the (Oxford) Bridge of Sighs, so called because of its' similarity to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Though no boats passing underneath here.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Doors Galore

For a while I've been inadvertently collecting Paris doors. Here is a typical Parisian door.



Here is a ... not so typical Parisian door.



The detail of the carving is exquisite.



A small arched door into a cellar in a courtyard of Rue Durantin, Paris 18th.



More red. A door on a river boat on the Seine quite near the Eiffel Tower.



It's all in the details. Welcome.



Here is a typical Parisian door that has seen better days. Marché Saint Ouen.



A lovely arched and shuttered doorway to the Trianon in Les Jardins de Bagatelle.



A rectangular shuttered doorway.



This door by the vineyard in Montmartre always catches my attention because of its unusual proportions. So tall and thin. I also love the faded, blue paintwork, it almost looks patinated.



Here is a neighbouring art deco door.



Another fabulous art deco door on the riverside of the Palais de Tokyo. Gold.



A door to a gallery on rue Gabrielle, Montmartre. Silver.


A door less than 50 metres from the Sacré Coeur.



This photo is less about the door and more about the planting that surrounds it!



And this door is less about the door, and more about the planting within it!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Magical Monday - An Eiffel Turret



Every Monday, Magical Monday, I post a photo that is hopefully puzzling, fantastical, unexpected or just plain daft. Unless otherwise mentioned, no Photoshop involved.

More photos from the Magical Mondays series can be found here.