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The Imposing Facade

St Paul's Cathedral

The Imposing Facade

I get very used to seeing images of St Paul’s Cathedral from the river, showing the famous dome. It’s truly iconic! There’s so much more to see around this incredible building. This is the facade from the front entrance. I have memories of standing here as a child, beneath the statue of the stern monarch, feeling very small and intimidated. I wanted to try to recreate that feeling of awe within this image. I crouched at child-height beneath the monument to capture the shot and then turned a bright, blue-sky day into a dark monochrome. This is my choice for this week’s Wex Mondays challenge. I’ll have a few more scenes from St Paul’s to share soon that show a few more unusual views of this London landmark.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

I spent a lovely, sunny afternoon sitting in Trafalgar Square this week! I’d met my brother at Oxford Circus, for lunch near his offices, and had a few hours spare before Simon and I went to an intriguing meeting at the British Computer Society’s London offices.

The square itself is a monument to the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Nelson’s Column stands in the centre of the square looking south toward The Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. To the north is one of my favourite buildings in London, The National Gallery.

The stairs to the Upper Terrace and the Gallery are flanked by two of the squares famous plinths. To the left, in the northeast, on The Fourth Plinth, stands Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch and to the right is King George IV on the northeast plinth.

The National Gallery

For all of you who have a love of art, no visit to the city of London is complete without visiting both the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. This is a very relaxed part of the city, with great access to other areas either by foot or by Tube from Charring Cross. It’s a great place to start your day-out from!

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Travel Theme: Ancient

Newark Priory

Travel Theme: Ancient

For those of you who followed me last year on my 365 photographic journey, you may recognise this image. It was my page header for the year. To my new followers, welcome and thank you for your interest in my work!

I took this photo in the winter of 2012 when we had a fantastic hoar-frost that transformed the landscape into a crystalline wonderland! This winter has been devastatingly wet and much of the land around the ruins and along the River Wey at Papercourt has been badly flooded. The road still remains closed!

The ruins are that of Newark Priory which stands as a monument to the Dissolution under Henry VIII, when the crown seized the land and property of the catholic church and destroyed many of the buildings.

Newark actually stands on private farmland, despite its listed status, and can’t be accessed by the public. This is about as close as I can get to these historic remains, on the road between Pyrford and Ripley. I really wish I could explore more of this ancient site!

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Sheltered

Sheltered

The start of October has brought some stormy weather to Kos!

We went down to the ruined temple of Aghios Stephanos to watch the storm roll across the island and the waves crash over the rocky promontory.

Amongst the ruins live geckos and lizards, often hidden from sight in the crevices.

This Stellagama Stellio, or Roughtail Rock Agama, revealed itself briefly whilst seeking out shelter from the blustery weather.