Thursday, September 17, 2015

Paris, Arc de Trioumphe. The Goddess of Hatred.

On a recent visit to Paris my friend and I climbed 300+ stairs to the top of the Arc de triomphe in Place Etoile. 

There is a small museum at the top with a huge head of Liberté in the centre. For once, I was struck with how incongruous she looked. Incongruous with the humanistic ideal of the French revolution. 

This image, does it not rather fit with Erida, the Greek goddess of Hatred, rather than with the Liberty? 

Well, that's Paris to you.

author on top of the Arc de Triomphe, and 

the statue of the Unknown soldier, also in the museum at the top of the Arc.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Holyhocks and Bumblebees.

Summer bliss. August, holyhocks in bloom and bees flock to have a bath in gold. There is a firebug watching.

Summer evening in Normandy.

Here you can see why hundreds of artists flocked to Normandy to paint. The light is incredible.

Photos  by © Francesca Bostock.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Green Woodpecker.

This is a large bird, the size of a pigeon, or bigger. She landed just outside my window to inspect the grounds.

Looking her up, I discovered that rather than pecking wood they mostly feed on ground catching ants with their long tongue (up to 10cm/4" long). When not in use it's coiled inside the bird's head. 

A flying ant-eater!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

After Harvest.

It's harvest time. Some poppies left on the side of the field.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Blonds or Redheads?

My Golden Retriever Strelka and neighbours' Red Setter Duke enjoying a fine evening.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Harvest in Normandy. Golden grain.

Golden grain at sunset.

At a fork on the road to our hamlet, some golden grain spilled on the road.
It looks like it's oats.

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