Monday, August 31, 2015
The landscape of Touraine is carpeted with mile after mile of vineyards. The name Touraine refers to the area around the nearby city of Tours. As usual, I snapped this panorama from one of the bike paths that splits this gigantic plot of vines.
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Sunday, August 30, 2015
I'm not around to capture the American Days celebration for 2015 this weekend, so I'm showing you a vintage shot from last year's. This '58 Chevy brings back a lot of fond memories of my youth. The cars of this era had bench seats. I'm guessing not everyone knows what those are.
By the way, the festival consists mainly of showing off restored American cars and motorcycles. But there's also authentic country line dancing (with lessons).
Friday, August 28, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
There have been lots of hot air balloons over Amboise in recent weeks. I can hear their roars as they fire up the burners in the quiet of early morning. That's my "wakeup call" to go running with camera in hand down to the river to catch sights like this.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Saturday, August 22, 2015
This sunset didn't last long but it was long enough to catch this family on the "beach" of the tip of the Ile d'Or.
On a side note, I am about to start the first of a series of "road trips" all the way to October. I've got many (but not all) of my posts queued up for Blogger to post automatically for me in my absence. Hopefully, I'll be able to get the rest completed. So I want to apologize in advance for not responding to comments on a regular basis. Likewise, to my fellow bloggers, I apologize for not posting my comments on your sites. A bientôt.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
I caught this beauty while tending the garden of our neighbor a few weeks ago. This has been a good year for peaches and I love them... maybe too much. Thus today's title which also points out the importance of accent marks in French. "Mon péché est de manger trop de pêches." "My sin is eating too many peaches." Given this and the story of Adam and Eve, it seems to me the forbidden fruit should have been a peach. (On the other hand, in my wife's view, punning is the bigger sin.)
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
This is not a great photo but it's the best I have gotten with the elusive swift. I tried "panning" (following a bird in flight by moving the camera) but quickly found it to be impossible as they fly way too fast. In fact, to get this shot I simply made many, many random shots into the sky at a very fast shutter speed in the hopes of catching one. And this blurry image is the best so far.
Anyway, we love the swifts and swallows (hirondelles in French) around our house, as they eat prodigious amounts of insects. And, to us, they make an interesting chirping sound as they swoop around scarfing up dinner. Some of our neighbors, however, are probably not pleased with their nests that the birds build underneath the eaves of the houses. (We don't have eaves, so no problem for us.)
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015
I happened upon this project on a little "island" in the Loire that has been exposed by the dry weather this summer. I'm envisioning a budding young civil engineer spending his or her afternoon digging this rather complicated series of canals and ponds. And I'm wondering if this youngster is from the middle east as, to me, the central design resembles a recumbent camel. Bon weekend, tout le monde.
Friday, August 7, 2015
It's not permitted to build in the area between the levee and the river Loire, so much of this space is devoted to gardens (I took this shot from the top of the levee). This panorama shows a typical layout of garden plots where the owners grow vegetables and sometimes flowers and fruit trees. It's a lot of work to keep these tended and watered as we learned while minding a neighbor's garden in July. But the results are absolutely worth it.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
I have an ongoing fascination for manhole covers (plaques d'égout) like this. Even when we go on vacation, I am always on the lookout for interesting ones. This one nearby my house was manufactured at a foundry in the town of Point-à-Mousson which is on the Moselle river in northeast France.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015
This dig in an area known as the plateau des Châtelliers took place this July right next to la Butte de César (click on this link to see the butte itself). The purpose of the dig is to try to learn the origin and purpose of the butte. I have yet to see any published results or conclusions, but I'll be keeping my ear to the ground, so to speak.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
The first of every month is theme day for the bloggers of City Daily Photo, so click here to see how the other bloggers interpreted this theme. For my shot I choose this photo of my bike taken near the end of a week long bike trip down the Loire from Amboise awhile back.