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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cee's BW challenge - SIGNS


Thursday's Special - SYMBOLISM

L'institut du monde Arabe, Paris, France

Look UP, look DOWN challenge

in response to Debbie's Look UP, look DOWN challenge

Waterloo, Belgium

The Lion's Mound is a large conical artificial hill located in WaterlooBelgium and raised on the battlefield of Waterloo, to commemorate the location where William II of the Netherlands (the Prince of Orange) was knocked from his horse by a musket ball to the shoulder during the battle.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Cee's ODD BALL challenge

Mons, Belgium

One of the symbols of Mons is the little monkey (Singe du Grand Garde) which sits on the left side of the entrance to the Town Hall. Legend has it that this medieval monkey statue brings luck to those who caress him (with their left hand !).

Bench series - April - WITH A VIEW

view at the music kiosk in Royal park, Brussels
concerts regularly take place here

BW Sunday - TOOLS

in response to Paula's Black and White Sunday - TOOLS

Friday, April 24, 2015

Travel theme - TREES

in response to Ailsa's Travel theme - TREES

 cherry blosom

ABF - One Photo Focus Image MAY

starting point for all of us was Shane Francescut's photo:

I edited it in Color Efex Pro 4:
using 7 filters:

Darken/lighten centre
Graduated fog
Pro contrast
Vignette: Blur


in response to Leanne's Monochrome Madness 2-8

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cee's BW challenge - GEOMETRIC SHAPES

Pula Arena, Croatia

Pula Arena, also known as Pula Amphitheatre, is a dramatic historic Roman amphitheatre in Croatia. It is the sixth largest surviving Roman arena and one of the best preserved ancient monuments in Croatia.

Built in the first century AD, Pula Arena was constructed during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian, who was also responsible for founding the Colosseum.

Able to accommodate approximately 20,000 spectators, Pula Arena would have played host to gladiatorial battles under the Romans and the tournaments of knights in medieval times. Now restored with a capacity of 5,000 people, Pula Arena’s shows are far more docile in nature and are mostly operas and film festivals.

Thursday's Special - TRACES OF THE PAST 01

... or maybe ghosts of the past...

The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary was a maximum high-security Federal prison on Alcatraz Island, which operated from 1934 to 1963. Alcatraz was designed to hold prisoners who continuously caused trouble at other federal prisons. It housed some 1,576 of America's most ruthless criminals and it also provided housing for the Bureau of Prisons staff and their families. The cells were primitive and lacked privacy, with a bed, a desk and a washbasin and toilet on the back wall, with few furnishings except a blanket. African-Americans were segregated from the rest in cell designation due to racial abuse being prevalent. During its 29 years of operation, the penitentiary claimed that no prisoner successfully escaped. A total of 36 prisoners made 14 escape attempts, two men trying twice; 23 were caught, six were shot and killed during their escape, two drowned, and five are listed as "missing and presumed drowned.
(source Wikipedia)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge - CLOUDS

Statue of Cristo Blanco – (White Christ)  

The statue of Cristo Blanco (White Christ) is located on top of a hill high above Cusco, Peru, near Sacsayhuaman. Cristo Blanco was built by a group of Christian Palestinians that were seeking refuge in Cusco in 1945. It was a symbol of their gratitude toward the city, and was their parting gift when they finally returned to their home country.

Tuesdays of TEXTURE

in response to Narami's Tuesdays of TEXTURE (17)

Hallerbos near Brussels

Hallerbos ‘The Blue Forest’ – is the most important and most extensive forest area between Zenne and Zoniën. The forest is a crowd favorite thanks to the beautiful purple carpet of bluebells, which bloom around mid-April. The giant Sequoia trees also make a visit to this forest more than worth it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Look UP, look DOWN challenge

in response to Debbie's Look UP, look DOWN challenge (84)

Mont. St Michel, France

At low tide, guides take groups on a 6-10 kilometer trek across the bay floor to Mont. St Michel.

1 word photo challenge - EIGENGRAU

in response to Jennifer's 1 word photo challenge EIGENGRAU

view from Mont Saint Michel, France

Tuesdays of TEXTURE

in response to Narami's Tuesdays of TEXTURE (16)

rippled sand, Atlantic ocean

ABF week 45

in response to Stacy's After Before Friday, week 45

Moulin de Moidrey près de Beauvoir,  France

This was edited in Silver Efex Pro 2 with Full Dynamic (harsh) filter.


Cee's Fun Foto Challenge - CLOSE UPS

Monday, April 13, 2015

CG Monthly Challenge - The Changing Seasons - 04

in response to Cardinal Guzman's Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons 04


I’ve decided to join in with Cardinal Guzman’s Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons

Find a location near your home, take somewhere between 5-20 photos and post them in a gallery in your blog. Continue to do this every month.... Just keep the project going throughout the year..... The idea is to capture all the changes: the seasons, the weather, different times of the day, some night photography perhaps?

I will be presenting Brussels, more precisely the European Quarter - from Parc du Cinquantenaire, Schuman area to Place du Luxembourg.

January entry
February entry
March entry

April started with fun in my favorite park:

finally some color...


KERMEZZO(O) is a celebration of the best live music, theatre, comedy and family programs from around the world.

business as usual around the Institutions:

Council building

new Council building (still under construction)


Schuman roundabout