Cottage country, dipping my toes in the water: copyright jmeyersforeman
We have been in Calgary for a few days, visiting with friends and family, but I wanted to share a few more images of our time in cottage country, Ontario.
Growing up in Saskatchewan we as a family did not head to the lake for weekends or holidays, and while I love to sit beside the water, and it doesn’t matter if it is a lake, seaside or ocean or even a pool, I am not to likely to get much more than my toes wet! Sitting up at the end of the dock with a cup of coffee or glass of wine, feet dangling in the water is wonderfully relaxing. The view so peaceful, the air so fresh, and the world so quiet I can understand why so many people are drawn to cottage country.
Just a few images from the Caen Market, full of the most amazing food, fresh vegetables, flowers, seafood, cheeses and breads. Held every Saturday Morning, rain or shine. it had rained earlier in the morning, and everyone was carrying umbrella’s as well as their baskets.
It was wonderful to walk around, smelling and tasting all the fresh bread, crepes, cheeses, and of course the strawberries.
One of the great things about the trip we have been on is all the different Markets we have visited.Each one very unique from the last. This one outdoors, the vendor’s truck full of goods parked behind their stall.
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;
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have followed the blog for a while you will know that I love reflections and I think that Water Mirror here in Bordeaux is about the best one I have seen so far. One of the reasons it is the best is that it was created expressly for the purpose of reflecting the architecture that surrounds it. Also called the “Miroir des Quais – the Quay Mirror” it covers a massive 3450 m2.
An ingenious computerized water system underneath alternates supplying 2 – 3 cm of water which when drained give the mirror effect alternates with a two meter high fog effect.
mist on the Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman
During the summer the mirror becomes a popular place where both kids and adults play around
kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman
I love to walk around flea markets, just to see what people are selling. Checking out the tables, poking into boxes, and taking pictures of the interesting collections. I did find several old cameras, in those old boxes, so I have added to my collection. I may need a bigger shelf by the time I get home. More photos of Bordeaux tomorrow!
The Aljafería Palace; Zaragoza Spain; copyright jmeyersforeman
The Aljaferia Place in Zaragoza, a fortified medieval Islamic palace built during the second half of the 11th century in what is now Zaragoza Spain, a wonderful example of Moorish Architecture in Spain. While much of the building has been restored to its original beauty, with the intricate doorways and arches, many of the interior doors have been left in untouched. Much has been written about the history and can be found on-line, I have provided a few links. Sunday morning has free admission, and consequently it is a busy time to visit. Guided tours are available in several languages.
I wanted to show several examples of the different arches and doorways; giving me an opportunity to experiment with a different layout, and to create a triptych, toning the background to the same colour in the images. While I like the overall effect, I used web-sized images, for my experiment and consequently have a small finished product for my blog post. Next time I will use the original images and then size for the triptych to the desired size for my post. That should give me some flexibility for my blog post. Unfortunately I am running short of time, too many things to do and see, people to visit with to redo the triptych at this time!