This is the backyard to one of the cutest antique store I have seen. Mme. Brigitte Laurent’s store not only has beautiful things from all over France but she has a sweet little animal farm in the back of her store. We truly think the world of Mme. Laurent and consider her a very dear friend. Here is her donkey and a couple of her little goats.
One of the many reasons Beynac Castle is so fun to photograph is because of it’s ability look like a completely different castle from its many angles. It is unique in its design as it merges functionality and beauty all in one. In this photo I call this the ominous side of Beynac Castle.
In medieval times most castles usually only had windows on the very top level and they were very small in size for the reason of defense. As history progressed so did the size and number of windows that were installed. A window such as this one was considered a luxury. With this window you could work on your sewing for longer hours during the day and save money from having to burn expensive candles or oil lamps. This window is located in Beynac Castle in one of the residences.
This image is a close view of the roof up top of Beynac Castle. This type of roofing is made from stone and is called a “lauze” roof. It’s made by installing hundreds of rows of strong wooden slats and then using specific stones that have been cut with the underside of each stone having an edge that hooks onto the slats as they are slid in between the wood. To finish each stone has its edges hand chiseled so as to make a perfect fit. Beynac Castle’s roof is immense and weighs one ton per square meter so you can see installing and paying for this incredibly expensive roof is no small feat. If you find a house or castle with this type of roof it is a real treasure.
Texture is my favorite thing to capture in low light photography. Blasting this small walkway with light would add lots of color but at the expense of all the tiny shadows that display the texture of the beautiful hand cut stones. This image is from inside Beynac Castle looking out at the village church.
When taking photos on your vacation don’t always take them from your eye level. Get low to the ground and get the view of what something very small might see. Also shoot your photos higher up. Simply raise your arms or safely climb up on chair. Just that little bit of height difference can put more interest in what you are recording within the images you are capturing. 🏰 Every castle should have a drawbridge. This is one belongs to Beynac Castle in the Dordogne region of France. ❤️💕❤️💕
In the morning and evenings hot air balloons flyover Beynac and the Dordogne River. This is definitely on my bucket list of things to do. The blue balloon with the bird and the little fish is one of my favorites to watch.
I really like heart shaped rocks. This one can be found inside the courtyard of Beynac Castle. You can tell the rocks have been there a very long time by how they have worn down to a smooth surface. For the most part rocks in this area have a very rough texture.
This is a photo of the Renaissance Manoir de Tarde with it has a round tower and mullion windows. This Manoir is located in the village of La Roque-Gageac which has a population of 458. The village is located along the Dordogne River. It boasts having an impressive troglodyte fort set in the cliffs 40 metres above the village.
I love stained glass. This beautiful window is from the Cadouin Abbey. The abbey was originally built about 1115AD. It is an amazing place to visit. I like to go there during off season because it has very few visitors that time of year and you can almost have the whole place to yourself. It’s open everyday except on Monday’s and some holidays. The abbey opens at 10:00AM but closes for lunch from 12:30PM - 2:00PM and then closes in the evening at 5:00PM. For July - August it has extended hours 10:00AM - 7:00PM.