KRINAIAI, the Naiads of fountains

Cee’s Black & White ChallengeThis black and white challenge is topic related but this week there is no theme.

So I thought I’d take the opportunity to feature one of my favourite fountains  in the Jardin Anglais in Geneva, Switzerland.

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This large bronze fountain with its superposed basins borne by naiads was the work of the Parisian sculptor Alexis André in 1862.

KRINAIAI, the Naiads of fountains
KRINAIAI, the Naiads of fountains

THE NAIADES were fresh-water Nymphs who inhabited the rivers, streams, lakes, marshes, fountains and springs of the earth. They were immortal, minor divinities who were invited to attend the assemblies of the gods on Mount Olympos.

fountain-3fountain-2I am combining this post with this week’s Travel Theme challenge from Ailsa of “Where’s My Backpack?” who has written an interesting article about statues in Rome and is now urging everyone to find some suitable STATUES to join her this week. If you would like to join in with her challenge then please do.  Everyone is welcome.

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Nature in Black and White

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: This black and white challenge is topic related and this week the theme is Found in Nature.

One of the most amazing places that I have been to is Yosemite Valley. The incomparable scenery, soaring cliffs, spectacular views and cascading waterfalls moved me so much that I wrote this piece about my feelings.

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Valley View

Here are a few photos from that natural wonder. I hope they make as much an impression on you as they did on me.

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awiyah-point
River Merced in the Snow
River Merced in the Snow
Mount Watkins Reflection at Mirror Lake
Mount Watkins Reflection at Mirror Lake
The Swinging Bridge in Snow
The Swinging Bridge in Snow

St Mark’s Basilica, Venice

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: This black and white challenge is topic related and this week the theme is Man-Made.

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St Mark’s Basilica dominates Piazza San Marco. It is an example of Byzantine Gothic architecture with lavish mosaics. The four bronze horses were captured from Constantinople.

Cliff Villas

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: This black and white challenge is topic related and this week the theme is Older than 50 years.

And this is also my entry to this week’s Lingering Look at Windows hosted by Dawn over at “The Day After“.

There’s rather a lot in Ludlow that falls into this category. In fact most of the buildings go back as far as the 11th century so 50 years here is considered to be new. Even if you have lived here for 50 years you are still considered an outsider   🙂

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Dating back to circa 1840 Cliff Villas are Grade II listed character homes. There are stone mullion windows on the ground floor, oriel windows to the first floor, ornamental barge boards, ornamental plaster work with timber framing and decorative multi-shaft chimney stack. The windows are majority metal framed with lattice work or small panes.

Spoon Daisies

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: This black and white challenge is topic related and this week the theme is Flowers

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My entry is a pair of South African Osteospermum “Whirligig  Nasinga Cream” otherwise known as Spoon Daisies.

Join in with the challenge here.