Historic Center and Tudor Style Architecture of Rennes France

Tutor Style Architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor Style Architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

The cobblestone streets in the historic centre of Rennes France are lined with 15 and 15 century Tudor Style buildings. Some with crooked doorways, and leaning walls. It was an interesting walk, especially since there were so few people in the centre during the holiday weekend. Here are just a few of the images;

tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman   

Bill in the doorway of a historic Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Bill in the doorway of a historic Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman  

there are even wall murals painted with Tudor style buildings.

wall mural of Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

wall mural of Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

 

 

 

Thabor Garden, Rennes France

Thabor Garden, Rennes France, copyright jmeyersforeman

Thabor Garden, Rennes France, copyright jmeyersforeman

We travelled from Nantes to Rennes on the holiday weekend, it was quiet in the city, most if not all shops and restaurants were close along with the tourist office, museums, attractions.

No one closed the gardens, and it is always wonderful to walk through and enjoy a little nature in the gardens, and the Thabor Garden in Rennes is no exception, with it pools, waterfalls, flower beds, and an aviary of budgies, finches and doves.

Budgies in Thabor Gardens; copyright jmeyersforeman

budgies in Thabor Gardens; copyright jmeyersforeman

Some of the budgies were all curled up as if it was nap time!

I have been invited to participate in a new “tuesday blog challenge” after having a look at the great work that has been submitted I have added a link to my blog, and I invite you to go and I invite you to check out the other photos submitted.

Monochrome Madness

time gone by

time gone by; copyright jmeyersforeman

This image was taken a couple of weeks ago in Bordeaux France. While walking  through an area that was a little more industrial than tourist we passed this old warehouse. It was the time clock that originally caught my attention. I am sure the intended purpose was to insure no workers was ever late, no excuse for doddling at the door; the company clock was the first and last reference. The clock is no longer working and the warehouse appears to be shut down, these two facts lead me quite naturally to the title “time gone by” and the choice of toning the images to look like an old photo.

I have been following Leanne Cole’s blog for a while now, she has wonderful blog, and has built a great following of photographers who share information and encouragement. One Wednesdays she runs Monochrome Madness, where photographers can share their monochrome images, most images are black and white, some toned, as mine is, when the photographer feels it is appropriate. I always enjoys seeing what the other photographers have done for the week, and reading their blogs. Hop on over the Monochrome Madness  I am sure you will enjoy the images as well.

Bright Colourful Canoes

bright colours on the river: copyright jmeyersforeman

bright colours on the river: copyright jmeyersforeman

All tied up along the shoreline, waiting for someone to come along and want to go for a paddle down the river. However there was no one around to rent them to us when we visited. Maybe another day we will paddle down the river, today there are just photos of the brightly coloured canoes.

I decided to apply a couple of different layers to the image in photoshop to give it a vintage feel.

Brightly coloured canoes; vintage layer; copyright jmeyersforeman

Brightly coloured canoes; vintage layer; copyright jmeyersforeman

It is always interesting to explore and learn the tools and software that is available, well at least it is interesting for me! I hope you are having a great week, exploring and learning the tools you use everyday.

 

 

 

Canal living on the River Erdre Nantes France

River Erdre Nantes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

River Erdre Nantes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

One more image of the city of Nantes, and one of the beautiful canals along the River Erdre.

In 2004, Time magazine named Nantes as “the most livable city in Europe”  that seems no surprise given all the lovely green spaces, bike paths, and walking streets. I have also learned that Nantes holds the title of European Green Capital for its efforts to reduce air pollution and CO2 emissions, for its high quality and well-managed public transport system. A beautiful city worth seeing and spending time in and if I get a chance I will return to.

I have been reading a number of blogs by photographers who share their processing steps, showing before and after images. Aside from learning a great deal from these photographers on processing I have come to the realization that I should be keeping better notes on the steps I take refine an image, some images like this one are quite simple. Processed entirely in Camera Raw moving 5 sliders to adjust the exposure, contrast, whites, highlights and blacks, and then 2 more to boost the clarity and vibrance, we can see how easy it is to bring back depth and detail that made us want to photograph the beautiful view in the first place.

copyright jmeyersforeman

copyright jmeyersforeman

Still learning, while travelling. Check out the Gallery for more images from our travels,

Zen in the Ille de Versailles Japanese Garden; Nantes France

Zen on the Ille de Versailles Garden; Nantes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Zen on the Ille de Versailles Garden; Nantes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

The garden covers 1.7 hecatares and sits on the Ille de Versailles, a small island in the River Erdre. A beautiful garden with waterfalls, rock features, a raked garden, as well as quiet ponds of lily pads and lotus flowers, pathways through the patches of bamboo, azaleas, camellias day lilies and cherry trees.

It was a beautiful place for an evening walk. I love the way the clouds are reflected in the pond, almost as if you are walking on air. This and a black and white version are available for viewing and purchase from my photogallery

The Jardin des Plantes; the Floral Garden, Nantes France

creative plant sculpture at the Jardin de PLante, Nantes France

creative plant sculpture at the Jardin de PLante, Nantes France 

We have been wandering around Nantes for a couple of days now. Nantes tourism has developed a map and route, follow the green line through the heart of the town and see all there is to see on the “Voyage of Nantes” trail.  Along the trail we found the “Jardin des PLants” simply translated to English “the Floral Garden.” Set in 7 hectares of town centre, over 50,000 flowers are planted each season, and over 10,000 species live in under 800 m2 of greenhouse space. Given the growing sculptures, winding pathways, pools, ponds, bridges, children’s playground  and potted plants set among the flower beds, we can see why this garden is ranked top 4 gardens in France.

I hope you enjoy the gallery of image below, just a small sample of the photos taken during our visit.

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the Jardin de Plantes; the floral garden in Nantes France the Jardin de Plantes; the floral garden in Nantes France

Bordeaux Carousel

Bordeaux Carousel

Bordeaux Carousel

I love carousels, and usually spend a bit of time when I find one photographing them, and their location. I can’t quite explain the fascination, in the old days a carousel had a brass ring that, if you were able to grab and remove, meant you got a free ride! I think it has more to do with watching kids and their excitement, the smiles are contagious don’t you think?

Bordeaux has two carousels that I found, although I had heard there was a third I did not have time to find, just another reason to return to this lovely city….

Here is the colour version; I am having trouble deciding which one I like best. Tell me which one you like and why, I would love to hear from you.

Carousel in Bordeaux France

Carousel in Bordeaux France

To see more images of carousels and amusement rides you can check out my Photoshelter Gallery.

Rushing by the Sunflowers and the French Countryside

rushing by the sunflowers and the French countryside

rushing by the sunflowers and the French countryside 

We took a four hour train ride from Bordeaux to Nantes, long train rides are usually good for getting a little work done but I find I often get distracted, watching the French countryside rush by.  I have commented several times on Spain’s train system, it was pleasure to travel with them I was convinced that they could not be outdone. Well the French might not have outdone the Spanish rail service, but it is just as easy, just as comfortable, just as easy to recommend.

During our four hour ride we watched the cities, towns and farmland roll by. I think this is as close as I will get to the sunflower fields this year! Robin has a great photo of a sunflower on his blog this week, he wanted to alert the photographers in his area that the bright beautiful flower is in bloom.

This image and others are available in my photoshelter gallery. I invite you to check them out. I have had the gallery, but just now finding some time to develop the site a little further.

 

May I Join You for Lunch?

May I Join You for Lunch?

May I Join You for Lunch? 

We were sitting in the train station waiting for the train, on our way to Nantes, having our coffee and croissant when this little guy flew in and landed on the railing next to our table. I am not normally interesting in beggars’ who come to the table seeking easy rewards, but I couldn’t resist his inquisitive little face, so I threw a crumb to the floor. Before long he was back. Several times he visited our table. Between visits I was able to get my camera out of the bag, and on his return I snapped a few images, so I guess he earned his crumbs!

It is these little things that make me smile!