Relax, Relax …

Seattle, Wa USA

Today’s Friday Photo Challenge theme is “relax”. I chose this picture of two young ladies relaxing in the Queen Anne district of Seattle, overlooking the bay (right) and the City (left). I took this picture in the twilight, the atmosphere was beautifully relaxing I found. 


Yet, there is nothing as relaxing, in my eyes, as Mother Nature. Above, Mount Rainier. It’s amazing that one can see greenery at this height. Rainier is almost as high as Mont Blanc but greenery in the Alps will stop a little above 5,000 feet (1,500 m), here we were twice as high at 10,000 feet. We had never seen that, and God knows we know about mountains since we have a house up there in the Pyrenees.


One doesn’t need to get that far to be relaxed. A mere 50 miles from the City centre of Paris, one finds the old impressionist hotspot named Rolleboise, overlooking the Seine. On that day (sometime in May 2012), rapeseed was blooming, colouring the fields yellow and overpowering the air with its potent Spring smell. 

It’s Not This Time of Year Without Dead Leaves


Tonight’s Friday Photo Challenge is “it’s not this time of year without…” and I chose dead leaves. Because we are in Autumn here and leaves tend to fall rather late, towards the middle or end of November. Here is a selection I shot around the house this year.


On our way to the Luxembourg gardens


Right down our street.

Montsouris - Paris - Avenue Reille - France - Autumn - Fall

That one is from last year. Ginkos are incredibly beautiful when autumn comes (here this is Montsouris).

A Kind of Magic

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

Last night’s challenge was magic. I decided to show some pictures from the “Grands Voisins” (Big Neighbours) project. An alternative project for the benefit of the homeless and offering services such as the “ressourcerie” a shop where people give books, furniture and various knick-knacks. Even garments. 

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

The project is located in a derelict hospital. It attracts quite a few visitors. At the moment, there is a kind of Magic about this place. 

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

Artists have redecorated certain parts of the compound. This corner of the derelict hospital is now very very green. Magic.

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

Artists and inventors design weird machines like this one. Magic.

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

A weird platform in the shape of a boat. Magic.

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

And this weird contraption made of plastic bottles. above it a solar panel absorbs light during the day. At night it turns into a streetlamp. Magic. 

Les Grands Voisins - St Vincent de Paul

Inside the café, kegs of beer. All magic. It’s a bit of a shame though that they will turn this place into a real-estate development area.

Tiny Photo Challenge


Tonight’s challenge is tiny and that’s not an easy one. Here’s a wild shot at things tiny. Like the droplets on the glass above.


The fly on that June rose in Picardy.

Tiny like the houses seen from the top of the Castle mount in Chevreuse


Or these people walking the streets of La Roche Guyon as seen from the Castle Tower too.

White Bear


As white bears are stranded up North amidst melting icebergs, we have to have plastic renditions of the poor things in the Orlinski fashion. The one above was shot in Montsouris in October and it survived. I tend to prefer François Ponpon’s 1922 white bear job as shown per below and exhited at La Piscine, an Art Deco swimming pool turned into a museum in Roubaix (on the Belgian border). I have a great weakness for Art Deco.

White Bear François Ponpon