For those to whom the winter seems overlong, here are some of my Spring photos:
Spring always means primroses and wood anemones (also known as wind flowers) for me
Cee’s post has lots of links to other Spring images
The WordPress weekly photo challenge this week invited us to share photos that illustrate the changing of the seasons to us.
The changing of the seasons is marked both by nature and by man in his seasonal celebrations – spring and summer solstices for example, cross-burning, harvest festivals, etc.
Jake explains his theme this week thus: Surroundings are the area around a given physical or geographical point or place. The exact definition depends on the field. The external circumstances, conditions, and objects that affect existence and development; the environment.
Here are some views in and around our village and surrounding countryside:
and a few of the garden:
What are your favourite surroundings?
Jake’s Sunday challenge is “city”.
The small European country the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg confusingly calls its capital city Luxembourg too. As capital cities go, it’s tiny, looks like something out of a fairy tale but boasts all the buildings you would expect to find in a capital city: the Grand Duke’s palace, a cathedral, churches of various denominations, museums, fortifications, modern monstrosities of public buildings and the occasional gem of an Art Deco villa.
The Wenzel (Wenceslas) walk takes you through the older and more scenic parts of the city
There are some intriguing sculptures scattered throughout the city:
this sculpture of a shepherd leading his flock into town harks back to the days of the livestock market, an annual event which has been taking place since 1340. It is now one of the biggest fairs in Europe attracting a couple of million of visitors.
Trees always look beautiful in silhouette. Here are some of my silhouettes:
also shared with Straight Out of the Camera Sunday
I’ve just been introduced to a new weekly photography challenge blog. The challenge this week was to illustrate our favourite spot. I have several favourite spots:
In Kim’s words “this week’s TT image must contain at least one layer of the texture, partings…..that’s it…that’s all”.
Here is my image textured with “partings” and blended in exclusion mode
This week’s challenge was to share an image to illustrate “dreaming”.
If stones could speak what tales would they tell of this woman’s dreams? would she dream of being alive, a warm blooded sentient being? is she dreaming of a lover? freedom from her stone prison?
Flowers have always featured in art and architecture so this week I thought I would share some photos of flowers in architecture.
In the town of Mondorf-les-bains in Luxembourg 3 houses feature Art Deco decoration on their facades
This week Kim challenged us to view our world in a different way – so often when we take photos of scenery we tend to opt for a horizontal or landscape shot. However, if you use the vertical option (portrait) you get quite a different perspective.
Luxembourg is a beautiful country but in the summer it excels – serried ranks of vines climb the hillsides along the slopes bordering the river Moselle which forms a natural border between Luxembourg and Germany.
Spires of black mullein reach for the skies on this rocky, wooded outcrop
Up on the plateaus the sky seems to stretch into infinity and the landscape lies like a patchwork quilt before you with nothing but the song of the skylarks breaking the silence
and a river of blue cornflowers flows through a cornfield
And finally, sunsets, when you can capture the path of the setting sun on the sea, lend themselves particularly well to being shot vertically