This week’s photo challenge is about the Achievement of someone we met along the way.
While hiking Pic St. Loup one day this past summer we came across a hiker/biker. Understand that Pic St. Loup is a dauntingly huge mountain in the Hérault Valley, but for some unknown reason we thought they had ‘Disneyfied’ it with wide, smooth walking paths since everyone we came across in southern France, from youngsters to seniors, had talked about hiking Pic St. Loup. So off we went to conquer this montagne.
We reached the peak of the mountain after 2 hours of huffing, puffing, sweating and persevering (because we were too far in to turn back) as I noted in a previous post. We were quite near the peak at that point and as we looked ahead we saw a biker, yes, a man and his vèlo coming down the mountain towards us. Surely they were filming an episode of ‘The Great Race’… but no, he was completely solo. No helicopter dropped his bicycle at the top of Pic St. Loup. He took (dragged, schlepped, rode?) his bike to the top of Pic St. Loup! Quite an achievement.
The views from the top of the mountain were spectacular, and we spent the entire day debating if this hiker was l’athlète du jour or le fou du jour…still not sure.
The ‘path’ up Pic St. Loup
Ah…the path widens
What kind of shoes do you wear to hike over boulders?
We made it! The view from the top was spectacular
Fabulous view almost touching the clouds…all that’s missing up here is my bicycle.
Seriously, how did he get this bike up here?
For this week’s Photo Challenge, Descent, I am looking down at the road leading into St. Jean de Buèges from the mountain that straddles it. We walked up as far as the path would take us, then pulled up a patch of stony ground to sit down. We started to count cars going into St. Jean but after half an hour and only 3 cars (which is why we love this place!), we continued climbing.
I Love looking down at the village from this vantage point, with the birds!
My feet resting before the DESCENT into St. Jean de Buèges
For more height-defying photos taken at the top of the world, you can take a look at my post UP which shows a view from above to the Descent below…
There is a secluded spot just outside St. Jean de Buèges, in the foothills of the Séranne mountains that is so peaceful and surreal as the water changes color with the time of day and depth of the pond.
It is very Dreamy and dream-like, as the giant plane and fig trees stretch their long arms into the water and small fish dart in between water plants.
La Source de la Buèges, the very spot where water runs down from the mountain and begins the Rivière Buèges. As you walk down the path and stand by the ‘source’ you hear a trickle of water, constant and small. As you continue down the path along the water, the ‘river’ begins to widen, the sounds and the water have more depth.
But the color and the clarity is like nothing one has ever seen.
There is no swimming in this pure, crystal-clear mountain pond. Only sitting on a stone bench and gazing, contemplating, reflecting and dreaming.
And before we know it, hours have gone by.
Dreamy arms of an oak tree
Tree dipping into the water
Just before the waterfall
Tiny frog at water’s edge
Tree and blue/green water
Source de la Buèges
Tree reflecting in the water
Indulge me just once more…
Taken in beautiful Whistler, British Columbia, this may be indicative of how many of us feel about signs.
Yes, this way to the men’s toilet, the ladies toilet and…I’ll just do what I want, thank you very much.
His, Hers and Mine
Another great sign in Bosom, West Sussex, England:
First, the main street in Bosom (that’s pronounced Bu’ zum…oh, never mind) leading down to the river…
Twice a day you will need your wellies on Main Street in Bosom!
Then I zoomed in on the signs that were misplaced several feet deep:
Is that so?
Truth in advertising
This is one of my favorite SIGNS. Although the meaning must have been clear to the city government in Barcelona who determined it should be there, I believe there could be several interpretations.
No tourists taking pictures allowed!
So, what exactly is verboten? The shorts? The backpack? Socks with sandals?
This sign is in the El Born neighborhood of Barcelona, in an alley behind Santa Maria del Mar church, where there were no tourists (or people of any kind) or interesting sights worthy of a photo.
But, if you see the guy in this SIGN, PLEASE take a picture of him!
As this week’s photo challenge NIGHTTIME asserts, photos taken at night have a totally different aura than the same photo taken during the day.
These are my Night (and Sunset) photos of San Sebastián, Spain, a beautiful and lively city that actually does have a different personality daytime to nighttime!
(Click on them to get full impact!)
Elaborate corner street lamp
The port at nightfall
The bay at sunset
Looking for pintxos