One of the meanings of the word spare is to be minimalist or not decorated. Winter in my part of the world can be very spare with lots of dry brown grass, trees without leaves and little colour, except for the sky which is usually a clear blue. The leafless branch of an acasia tree with only long thorns left against the bright winter sky symbolizes the spareness of winter to me.
Spare can also mean something extra. The bright blue butterfly encountered against the spare pebbles on a walk was an unexpected extra delight.
A Hausmanian apartment building in Paris
Gothic pillars in Venice
The Pope’s Palace in Avignon Gothic style
A church in a medieval village in France
Nature never ceases to surprise me.
On a recent visit to the South of France we saw the red stone cliffs near the small village of Rouissillon. These cliffs resemble the sand stone formations found in the Eastern Free State South Africa. Thousands of kilometers apart, but yet so similar.
Sandstone formations in the Eastern Free State South Africa
Rock formations in The South of France