Monday, March 6, 2017

tremendous color

Last night was the last night of ice skating on the open air ice rink in Amboise.  I kept putting off getting a shot of the brightly lit trees on the levee just behind the rink, but last night I finally got 'em.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

winter streets

Winters are pretty quiet in Amboise.  This little street leads up to Clos Lucé (Da Vinci's former home) and is normally packed with tourists in warmer weather.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

sunset cruise

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

dawn / l'aube

Silhouette at dawn of the château, the hôtel de ville, chapelle Saint-Hubert, l'église Saint-Florentin, and the bell tower over rue Nationale.  First time I ever got them all in one shot.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

five years and counting

It's been five years since I took this snow snap in Amboise.  I'm beginning to wonder if it's ever going to come back.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

opening night

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

winter haze

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

CDP Theme Day - loving life

The first day of the month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo and today it's "loving life".  To see how the other bloggers interpreted the theme click here.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

it's cold in Amboise

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.

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.