You had one job! — Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 28, 2018

This is our entry this week for  Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 28, 2018.

This photo shows an increasingly angry barefoot bride and her groom trying unsuccessfully to scatter pigeons for a wedding photo in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on a chilly and overcast day. Before taking this image, we saw them make at least a dozen unsuccessful runs through the disinterested pigeons. We have no idea what the bride was saying to the groom, but from the expressions and body language she shared between the runs, it was clear that the bride felt that the groom had just one job and that was to make the pigeons fly.

 

This photo was taken on September 19, 2016. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 800, f/8.0, 1/160 sec, 40mm.

 

Looking Up at Pena Palace — A Photo a Week Challenge: Look Up

This is our entry in Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Look Up.

This is an image taken while looking up at the towers of the Pena Palace in Sintra, Portugal.

This photo was taken on September 10, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 200, f/16, 1/60 sec, 18mm.

Detail of a Cathedral Wall — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walls

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Walls – Indoors or Outdoors.

Our entry is a detail image of the base of a column carved in relief on a cathedral wall.  It is adjacent to the Romanesque door at the entry to the Lisbon Cathedral.

This photo was taken on September 8, 2017. Specs are:

Canon 100D,  ISO 250, f/16, 1/40 sec, 18mm.

Hatshepsut’s Myrrh Tree

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Old.

This sign stands in front of the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Upper Egypt, on the Nile near the Valley of the Kings.  The sign states:

This tree was brought from Punt by Hatshepsut’s expedition which is depicted on the temple walls

Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt for almost 22 years around 1500 BC, was one of its most successful pharaohs. She was the daughter of Thutmose I, chief wife of Thutmose II (her half brother),  and (officially) co-regent with Thutmose III (her husband’s son with a secondary wife).  (Of course, the true history is much more complicated than this summary.)

The tree in the photo was brought back from the Land of Punt, part of the trade goods acquired during a trading expedition overseen by Hatshepsut.  This myrrh tree, one of 31, was transplanted in front of her mortuary temple.  (There really is the stump of a 3500-year-old tree in this enclosure.)  Frankincense was another trade good from this expedition, which was charred and ground for use as kohl eyeliner, a widely-used eye cosmetic.

This photo was taken on March 2, 2013. Specs are:

Olympus TG-1, ISO 100, f/8, 1/800 sec, 4.5 mm.

Which Way to the Bathroom — Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – January 19, 2018

This is our entry in Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – January 19, 2018.

We found this sign on the door to a bathroom in Lisbon, Portugal. Sometimes it is hard for a tourist to understand exactly which way the locals are expecting us to behave.

This photo was taken on September 8, 2017.  Specs are:

Canon 100D, ISO 100, f/16, 1/125 sec, 28mm.

 

Delicious Chèvre

This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Delicious.

These varieties of delicious chèvre (goat cheese) were spotted in the window of a fromagerie near Jardin des Abesses in Paris, France.

This photo was taken on September 17, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 200, f/3.6, 1/100 sec, 11mm.

Fuente de los Leones — Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

This is our entry in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic.

This Carrara marble lion is one of four on the Fuente de los Leones (Fountain of the Lions,  formally named Fuente del Conde de Villanueva) in the Plaza de San Francisco in Havana, Cuba.

 

This photo was taken on May 8, 2016. Specs are:

Olympus TG-4, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/800 sec, 18mm