Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Church in the English Countryside

To me, the small buildings in rural areas are just as inspiring as the gigantic cathedrals of urban areas. Rural English churches impart the same sense of community history, merely on a smaller scale. The photos in this post try to create a composite image of one of these country churches.

As I wandered around the church grounds, I was struck by a sense of quiet permanency and a feeling of tranquility. It is interesting to try to imagine the people who have walked along the same stone-paved paths that are worn with age and the footsteps of many. As you go through the old heavy wooden doors on a sunny day, yous eyes are immediately drawn to the beauty of stained glass windows whose colors remain vivid after centuries. In hidden niches, you will discover images such as that of an armored knight and his lady with their hands clasped in prayer. The total effect was one that combined simplicity and beauty, one that generations of congregation members had experienced and even perhaps taken for granted. This last statement reminds me that often what is a marvel to the eyes of the visitor has become commonplace to those within the established community. Perhaps that condition is a reason that we should all travel so that we can return to our places and view our surroundings with fresh eyes.

Thank you for visiting, please feel free to stop by again. May your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Friday, October 15, 2010

The Beauty of Wisconsin's Fall

The Fall colors have been exceptionally intense this year, so I thought that I would share them with you. Their possibility is the main reason that I usually chose not to travel outside the State during September and October. I hope that you enjoy these Fall images

Thank you for visiting. May your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Edinburgh:Reflections of a Traveler/Amateur Photographer

I truly enjoyed my two days in Edinburgh and intend to return and explore it in greater detail. As a result , I chose to use photos from there to illustrate my reflections on why I take the kinds of photos that I do when I travel.

First of all, I admit that my photos are eclectic. I don't focus on Nature, architecture, portraits, or transportation. Rather, I try for images that will capture the essence of an aspect of a place. Let's look at the photos that I've posted this time.

The image of the Scottish Parliament building stood out to me as incongruously modernistic in a city rich in history. The story behind it is that it is modernistic to represent the fact that Scotland recently gained some local autonomy.

The busking bagpiper is uniquely appropriate in a Scottish setting.

The road to Arthur's Seat in the heart of Edinburgh captured both the natural beauty and the land that helped shaped the character of the Scottish people.

The Oxford Bar sign reminded me of my personal pilgrimage to the "Ox" to pay homage to Ian Rankin's fictional character Inspector Rebus. (The barkeep and noontime patrons were dour and unwelcoming to a couple of American tourists.)

Edinburgh Castle in the fog should have been a disappointment but turned out to be very revealing. A tour guide who we happened upon in a side chapel spent time discussing the local weather and how it had such a strong impact upon the darker writings of Edinburgh's authors. (The next day, as we sat on the airport bus headed towards our flight to London, we saw Edinburgh Castle surrounded by brilliant sunlight. What a contrast!)

This post has been helpful to me in better understanding why I take and select the photos that I do. I hope that you have enjoyed the images and the contexts that I have given them. Your comments and thoughts are always appreciated.

Thank you for visiting, please come again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.