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. 

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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.

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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. 

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Our Roy G Biv Friend from the Friday Photo Challenge

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Roy-g-biv is the somewhat quizzical photo challenge of today organised by our friends from dailypost at WordPress. As I gathered it meant “all colours of the rainbow” I believe that there was nothing better than showing a picture of a rainbow. That one was taken in Rueil Malmaison, as we were taking a stroll on a Sunday afternoon with friends. Suddenly a huge thunderstorm broke out and we had to take shelter. Fortunately I was in sight of this beautiful rainbow. I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do with that picture but now I know and it saved my skin for that challenge!

Beached Whale

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There she was on the landing beaches of Normandy, protected from the wind. Martin Parresque, her swimming costume barely concealing her genitalia. Into the bargain, it wasn’t that warm on that day. Ouistreham. August 2014.

Mont St Michel at Dusk (HDR)

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Two different versions of the same view of St Michael’s mount with Sheep at Dusk. One of the pictures is focused on the skies and one on the sheep and the grass. I ended up keeping both as I couldn’t choose between the two. HDR was purely and simply the only way for me to be able to see something on that picture because of the sheer contrast between light and shade. Mont St Michel Normandy. April 2014.

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Landing Beaches (Sword Beach)

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So beautiful and so peaceful now; imagine that beach on June 6th, 1944, some 70 years ago, with “an invasion fleet from eight different navies, comprising 6,939 vessels: 1,213 warships, 4,126 landing craft of various types, 736 ancillary craft, and 864 merchant vessels. There were 195,700 naval personnel involved”. Their sacrifice shall be remembered.

Sword Beach (Riva Bella). Normandy. April 2014.

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