Having lived in the Dordogne for just over a year now, I have become accustomed to seeing the old buildings, streets and monuments that give the area its distinctive character. I realised recently that this acclimatisation has gone so far as to have me ignoring some of the natural beauty around me. Continue reading A second look
One of the things I particularly appreciate about living in the Dordogne is the clear change between the four seasons. Continue reading Seasonal change in the Dordogne
Last Sunday, with the family all together for Easter, we visited the fabulous overhanging gardens at Marqueyssac. Listed as a national monument, the park is situated along the top of a spur that projects out into the Dordogne valley. An impressive arrangement of shapely boxwood plants around gravel paths, the gardens effectively overhang the cliffs to the valley below and offer visitors spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and châteaux. All this makes it a superb location for photography. Continue reading Easter Sunday at Marqueyssac
Earlier this year, my sister and brother-in-law bought a converted mill in the village of Cenac here in the Dordogne. The house is in need of renovation and Richard (my brother-in-law), has spent the last three weeks gutting the interior to prepare the way for the builders. Continue reading Renovation at Le Moulin
According to Merriam Webster online, a diptych is either
- A 2-leaved hinged tablet folding together to protect writing on its waxed surface.
- A picture or series of pictures (as an altarpiece) painted or carved on two hinged tablets.
- A work made up of two matching parts.
I’ve been reading a lot recently about how the interplay between light and shadow in a photo serves to increase the visual interest of an image. In summary, on top of perspective, shadow helps the brain to sense depth in a two dimensional image. Therefore the key to creating compelling images is to ensure that they contain a good balance of light and shadow. Continue reading Morning Sunlight at Daglan
Bonne année 2013!
As for many others I’m sure, there is a firm resolution in our household to exercise more in 2013. So far so good as we managed to head out for a walk last Saturady morning for approximately an hour following a circular route around the neighbourhood. Continue reading Around the house