The Ambitious Drifter

Words, Images and The Occasional Noise


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A Feast of Doors

I’ve always been fascinated by doors…. especially old ones. France is a doorhound’s paradise. Here’s a collection, from an ornate cathedral door (Limoges) to simple hole-in-the-wall arrangements.

There’s one from Exeter Cathedral (not in France!)  that has an ancient cat door. It allows the cathedral cats to get into the organ loft to deal with the mice in there.


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Not Quite Easter Island

If you’ve ever lived on an island, you’ll have noticed the small weirdnesses that isolation brings. It gets a bit tribal somedays.  After the recent fires and storms, the Dangaris went back to their old ways… building ritual sites out of the fallen timber.

These were emphemeral moai… gone in a few days. It’s getting chilly here and firewood is hard to come by.


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Total Focus

One of the best camera accessories I ever bought for my Canon EOS camera was a macro ring extender. For a very reasonable price my 28/50 lens was converted to macro.

This is brilliant for flowers… however,  it’s hard to stay focused on such tiny objects if there’s a breeze!

Some alien plants… known in Australia as Kangaroo Paws.PSX_20200428_210021PSX_20200428_205848PSX_20200428_205538PSX_20200428_205635


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The Sign of Three

Photos where things come in threes.

Three wise monkeys, wisely snoozing on top of a mountain, Miyajima, Japan..100_3605

Three Spanish soldiers, out of their time, Brussels, Belgium.100_1218

Three Gilles, out of their minds.  Brussels again…. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilles  It’s hereditary, apparently.100_1253

Three Japanese ladies, manicuring the Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, Japan.100_3413


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The New Inn

I did a training course in Gloucester, UK and was lucky enough to stay at The New Inn.  It was new in 1450.  The unfortunate Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen here in 1553. They also used to host travelling theatre shows in the late 1500’s/early 1600’s.  It’s thought that ‘The Lord Chamberlain’s Men’ played a few shows in the courtyard. Certainly they’re recorded in Gloucester at that time. This would have been a good venue for them. I mention that merely because their cast included a Mr W. Shakespeare.

It’s on one of the main shopping streets of the town…. the rooms are very comfy, if a little wonky. I can forgive that!  I remember that the breakfasts were good. After 570 odd years in the hospitality business they’ve probably mastered The Full English by now!

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Distance/Enchantment

I’ve been a bit stumped by the last few prompts… but this one works for me. Distance, we know, lends enchantment. This is especially so for me, my eyesight isnt that brilliant. I often use a telephone lens just to see things clearly. The simple act of taking a photo, from however close, adds another dimension of distance.

Social distancing in Bourges, France. Is this couple an item… or is the dog waiting for their human to arrive?PSX_20200417_203911

One of my greatest hits…. I took this for the avenue of trees…. later I realised that the people in the distance were the real story. The telephoto lens does the work.Img_0029

Distance lends enchantment, or is it the champagne?IMG_20170710_154127.jpg

Social distancing, old style. It’s just really, really cold.wpid-img_20150516_033202.jpg