Monochrome Madness in Ardeche France
Leanne Cole is a fine art photographer from Melbourne, Australia who has some wonderful monochrome images. I was inspired to participate in her weekly monochrome madness challenge. Please check out her blog to see some great work by others. I hope you enjoy!
Travelling is such a mind expanding experience if you allow it to be. Navigating unknown roads, eating different foods and possibly trying to speak a new language can be a little stressful at times, but very rewarding. It isn’t even necessary to fly to a different country to reap the benefits. Being a city girl, I like driving to smaller rural communities in Alberta or British Columbia to experience a slower pace and the “main street” full of unique buildings and little restaurants or shops. I have been trying the “staycation” over the past year in an effort to see more of this wonderful country.
For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move. – Robert Louis Stevenson
I have also been fortunate to travel outside of Canada and I’ve been looking through my pictures with the goal of sharing some of the adventures. The picture below was from France and taken for my dad, a civil engineer who loved bridges and roads.
In 2013, we traveled to Europe with our youngest two kids who were fourteen and sixteen at the time. The older two were busy traveling and working, but we were fortunate to meet up with the oldest for three days in France. We traveled across this bridge after a morning of exploring and seeing the Ardeche gorge (beautiful, but my cell phone pictures don’t do it justice). My partner had a vague recollection of caves which he had visited years before and we had spent a few hours underground in what I believe was Grotte de la Madeleine. It turned out not to be the caves in his memory, but we enjoyed the tour and got to hear a song played on the stalactites. The “correct” caves were called Aven d’Orgnac and were pretty spectacular when we went a few days later. The power of water is amazing. It can hollow out huge areas of limestone by absorbing carbon dioxide from the soil, becoming more corrosive and enhancing its erosive powers. Both spots, but particularly the second one, had fantastic light displays which help to highlight the shapes in the underground caverns.
Driving through the countryside with no particular destination in mind means you can sometimes find some beautiful out of the way spots. “Just feel it” was my partner’s driving mantra and it worked on most occasions. Garden street is an apt name for this road full of yellow buildings, rose bushes and potted flowers.
Stay tuned for more escapades from Europe!