Sunday, 13 July 2008

Tourraine - a few more photos

It seems that every château in Tourraine is home to house martins. It's uplifting to hear their constant churrings and to watch them scalloping in and out beneath eaves and window recesses. This is Château Ussé which was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty.


The air space over Tours quivers with screeching swifts. What a joy to glance them sweeping through in close formations or watch them tight-looping around. Anchors in the sky, how they avoid collision is amazing. To the right is La Place de Plumereau in the old part of Tours.


And let's not forget the swallows swooping over the rivers Cher and Loire calling out that summer's here. Egret, cormorant, mute swans and common tern were also frequently seen. Left is an old-style boat built and moored at Savonniere. Below is the boat building yard.


Click on any of the photos to see them enlarged.

2 comments:

Coastcard said...

What amazing photos: they are fabulous. (They are huge, too, when I click to see them full size!). Looks as though you had a glorious time ... and reasonable weather (en France il fait beau toujours!).

'from the field book'is sheer delight, and a welcome and relaxing read. I've still to do it justice, and will then post a comment on my site.

Mistlethrush said...

Thanks.
Ewan bought an Olympus FE310 before we went to France. The lens isn't powerful enough for bird photography but it's ok for general shots.

I do wish it had a viewfinder though. With the reflections etc I often can't see exactly what I'm getting - so thank goodness for the cropping tool afterwards!

Look forward to your comments.

from the field book

from the field book
An inspiring gift for anyone who enjoys watching nature.