Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Humble abode(s)

I would love to be able to go out and take some photos specifically for this week’s theme on Houses because I’m sure I’d be able to get some lovely photos of the really over-the-top houses that we have here in Dubai… but I’m a bit restricted on time this weekend because I FLY TO USA ON SUNDAY MORNING and feel like I still have so much to do before getting to the airport.

Anyway, cut a long story short, I’ve delved into my archives a little bit (again, time restrictions so I’ve only gone through a few photos) and noticed that I don’t seem to have many photos of houses 😦

But the few that I’ve found seem to be pretty good so I hope you’ll enjoy 🙂

An old house, Melbourne, Australia

An old house, Melbourne, Australia

Houses built into the hills, Kurdistan

Houses built into the hills, Kurdistan

A 'temporary house' - the over-water villa that was home for 5 days while on holiday, Maldives

A ‘temporary house’ – the over-water villa that was home for 5 days while on holiday, Maldives

I’m not entirely convinced that the over-water villa photo looks great in black and white so I’ve also done it in sepia… let me know what you think? Which one looks better?

Over-water villa, sepia

Over-water villa, sepia

Weekly Photo Challenge: ROY G. BIV

Another week, another theme – and this is a really fun one!

We’ve been given the letters ROY G. BIV which are a bit confusing at first, but when I saw the first photo I immediately cottoned on to what they are… the initials of the colours of the rainbow. An easy acronym to remember the order of the colours of the rainbow 🙂

So of course, the first photo that came to mind was any photo with a rainbow in it.

I decided to use photos from a trip to Kurdistan a couple of years ago… enjoy!

(You can see my alternate entry for the week here)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Off-season

Talk about a hard topic! I think these photo challenges are getting harder and harder each week – but I suppose that’s what makes them challenging, hey?! Certainly makes me use my brain a little bit (and gives me lots of opportunities to go through photos time and again, reminisce or just look at photos that I haven’t in ages 🙂 )

This week’s photo challenge is off-season. I’ve always wanted to a Christmas in July party which would have been absolutely perfect for this… but of course I’ve never actually had one so I had to do some searching through photos for these ones.

Dubai is not known for being a rainy place although we do get a little bit of rain around the beginning of the year – January, February-ish. A couple of years ago I was at the Rugby 7’s (December) when the heavens decided to open and we got absolutely flooded! It made for a very interesting day at the rugby, and it brought out some amazing colours in the sky as the sun was setting!

And my second photo that I was able to dig out is from when I was on one of my many visits to Kurdistan a couple of years ago… in the middle of winter, it was about 3 °C, I decided that I HAD TO have a soft serve ice cream because I was told by the guys on site that it’s the best ice cream north of the equator (and ice cream is my absolute weakness in life!)