State of Mind: Reflective Serenity

State of Mind: Reflective Serenity

When I saw the prompt for this week’s Daily Post photo challenge, I decided to share one of my earlier galleries, ‘Areas of Sanctity‘. The theme this week is State of Mind and what with nostalgically looking back over my youth with my post on childhood TV, it immediately made me think of reflection as a mindset. Which led me to think of the font in Salisbury Cathedral. I know some of you will have seen this selection before but as I’ve gained quite a few new followers since I first posted it (thank you!), I didn’t think you’d mind it again!


I don’t consider myself to be a religious person, but I have always had a love of churches, holy buildings and graveyards. Not only for the serenity that can be found in their surroundings, but the outstanding architecture that has been lavished upon them in a celebration of some higher order. I’m lucky enough to live near two of the outstanding minsters in the UK, displaying both Medieval and Gothic design in all their glory, and I’m still in awe of how beautiful they are, even after numerous visits.

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Beverley Minster in Yorkshire, UK

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Wednesday Lensday: Sands of TIME

Wednesday Lensday: Sands of TIME

Hello everyone!

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge prompts us to look at time. Thinking about all the various connotations of the word led me to our holidays in Portugal.

We are lucky enough to have access to a villa on the Algarve, not far from where they hold an annual, international Sand Festival in Pera. Every year, sand sculptors practise their art based around a specific subject.

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The year we visited, the theme was Idols. From explorers, to religious leaders, musicians to stars of stage and screen, the detail and size (some over 12 metres high) was incredible, all created out of approximately 40,000 tonnes of sand. The exhibition only runs for a few months, after which, just like the tide washing away a child’s castle, the bulldozers raze it to the ground, ready for the next year.

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Wednesday Lensday: Pidge

Wednesday Lensday: Pidge

Okay, don’t adjust your calendars, I’m just a little late with Wednesday Lensday – I’d forgotten to schedule it and I’ve been feeling rough the last few days, despite having enough flu remedies in me to warrant an Olympic drug scandal. I couldn’t think of anything remotely interesting to call a Friday photography post, so Wednesday it has stayed!

Conversations over the last week with certain people, regarding smoke signals and pie, reminded me about this image, featuring a seemingly innocent looking pigeon (smoke signals – carrier pigeons – pigeon pie… there always a backstory link to my random thoughts!)

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Taken in Rome a couple of years ago, it’s always amused me because the statue looks so worried by the presence of the pigeon! However, it may not look this way to you viewers at all – so I’m opening the floor. What do you think the conversation between the statue and the pigeon would be?

If you think you have a suitable caption, pop it in the comments below (other, non-caption related comments are still welcome!)

This image is also my entry to Cee’s Oddball Challenge this week. Be sure to stop by and check out other oddball’s, using the COB tag!

Happy captioning! 🙂


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Void of Rainbows 4: Areas of Sanctity

I don’t consider myself to be a religious person, but I have always had a love of churches, holy buildings and graveyards. Not only for the serenity that can be found in their surroundings, but the outstanding architecture that has been lavished upon them in a celebration of some higher order. I’m lucky enough to live near two of the outstanding minsters in the UK, displaying both Medieval and Gothic design in all their glory, and I’m still in awe of how beautiful they are, even after numerous visits.

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Beverley Minster in Yorkshire, UK

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