Monday, May 22, 2017

the fair at Amboise


Every May there is what I would call a "home" fair in Amboise.  It's an opportunity for vendors of home products  and services that are in and around Amboise to display their wares.  As a photographer, I really love the white tents and in this case, the shadows on them.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

the dovecote at Clos Lucé


Yesterday I (digitally) posted a shot of the interior of this clever building.  I say clever because the following is a description that is (physically) posted outside:

"The dovecote or "fuye" of the Château du Clos Lucé was built in 1480 by Etienne le Loup ....  The dovecote, unique of its kind in the Touraine, consists of a square exterior and an octagonal interior, and is built of brick, tuta limestone and mortar.  The angles between the outer and inner walls allow for a constant circulation of air essential for the successful hatching and rearing of young birds.  Two thirds of the way up the outside wall is the "larmier", a flat outcrop of projecting stones, convex on the lower side, to which slates were nailed to prevent predators, rats, ferrets, weasels, from climbing into the dovecote to steal eggs, drink the blood of young pigeons and drive away the parent birds.  A gap at the base of the roof timers allowed the birds to enter and leave the dovecote.  The roof is covered in flat tiles and topped by a finial in the form of a phallus, symbolizing fertility."

Saturday, May 20, 2017

inside the dovecote at Clos Lucé


This amazing dovecote (shelter for raising pigeons) at Clos Lucé was built in 1480, about 30 years before the arrival of Leonardo da Vinci there.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

the Renaissance juggler


This juggler put on quite a show at a recent special event at Clos Lucé.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

first sunset


The first Saturday sunset of the season (on ADP anyway).

Thursday, May 4, 2017

asparagus season


Our area is famous for its white asparagus and the markets are brimming with them.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Theme Day - "let's eat!"


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

I had to do a little digging for a decent photo for today's theme and so this shot of tomatoes was actually taken in September at a nearby Tomato Festival.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

the old wisteria


This is the biggest and probably oldest wisteria I've seen around town.  It's right next to the Office of Tourism so it's a great show for the many tourists in the spring.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

the French presidential election 2017


Well, I hope by now you're aware that today is election day in France.  To win the presidency outright a candidate must get 50% of the votes and this year (as usual) no candidate is expected to get that.  So there will be in all likelihood a runoff election in two weeks between the two top vote getters in this round 1 vote.  Personally, I think runoffs are a great idea.  And, by the way, what you're seeing is pretty much the only permitted election advertising allowed (no TV or radio ads, etc.).  Political fund-raising as Americans know it doesn't really exist here.

Friday, April 21, 2017

bowling for tulips


I have been remiss in not already capturing the players of petanque, but this opportunity allowed me to resolve that as well as capturing the tulips in full bloom.  Petanque is a French national pastime and for Americans it would  seem to be somewhat a combination of bowling and horseshoes. It's not only played for fun but also for serious competitions.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

François 1er chez Leonard de Vinci


I've lived in Amboise several years now and have visited the local post office (La Poste) many times.  But only recently when I was waiting outside for the doors to open for business did I notice this nice carved stone panel above the entrance.  It's been 500 years since Leonardo himself moved to Amboise.   Clos Lucé turned out to be his last home as he died there in 1519.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

café life moves outdoors


The outdoor cafés and restaurants are now brimming with tourists and locals in the newly warm weather.

Monday, April 10, 2017

spring has sprung


We've had glorious spring weather for the past few days, and the town's flower beds are exploding with color.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day for April - wet


The first of every month is Theme Day for the worldwide bloggers of City Daily Photo.  Today's theme is "wet" and you can see how the others interpreted the theme here.

For ADP, I chose this scene on the banks of the Loire, taken from the bridge Leclerc above.

Today I am announcing the winding down of Amboise Daily Photo.  I think I have taken this blog pretty much to its limits for a small town such as Amboise.  I am now finding it is increasingly difficult to post fresh ideas on a daily basis.  However, ADP is not going away.  I will make additional posts whenever I have a shot that is worth sharing.

But also today, I am announcing the start of another blog upon which I will focus my photographic energies.  It's called France and Beyond because I will post photos from our many travels in France, Europe, Asia, the Americas... well, anywhere.

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

overwhelmed


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.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

CDP Theme Day - Photo of the Year


Happy New Year's everyone.  It's also of course the first day of the month so it's Theme Day for the worldwide photo bloggers of City Daily Photo.  Traditionally, the first Theme Day of the year is "Photo of the Year".  You can see how the others interpreted this theme here.  I chose this "6 pack" of shadow shots that I posted back in August.  I think the original blog title "so many directions" is very much appropriate for what looks to be an unpredictable year 2017.