There's some often-repeated advice on internet photography sites that if you can only take photos in the middle of the day with blue skies, then you should just leave the camera at home. Granted, there's nothing like golden hour light breaking through the clouds, but unless you're actually on a photography trip, chances are you won't be at the right location during golden hour-more likely you'll be at dinner.
During our week exploring Provence, I only had one opportunity to photograph a hilltop Provencal village at sunset. The rest of the time, I had to take the photos when I was there. Several times that involved stopping the car and getting out to take a shot, but my family didn't seem to mind too much as long as the A/C was still running.
Many of these are blue sky images, most of them have some clouds, but hardly any were captured under ideal photography conditions, yet these are all images that remind me of the wonderful time we had exploring the French countryside, and I am proud to put them on display.
For more images of France, please take a look at my other blog posts, or visit my France gallery. And leave a comment below to let me know what you think.