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Although mentioned in the Doomsday survey of 1086, the nucleus of the present church is the chancel and nave which are of the first half of the 13th century, to which a north aisle was added in 1275. The church was much altered around 1500 when a new south chapel was built, the clearstory was added and the north aisle remodelled with larger windows. Slightly later the tower was built, together with the western angles of the nave, the western bay of the north aisle being pulled down. The south porch is later still and in the 17th century the chancel was shortened and a yellow brick east wall was built.

Mentioned that I had a night shot of the bridge here

by using the car headlights to light up the bridge. I had three attempts as the light on the bridge was too much as the with the long expsoure it was tricky to get right.


This is not my idea to use the car lights though. Thanks to David for providing the inspiration

I've mentioned before that I can think of no better time of year than late fall when the woods' previously impenetrable avenues open to exploration. No insects and brisk temperatures add to the overall enjoyment of the hike. By this time of year, there is usually already a layer of snow covering the ground...although perhaps the new normal is otherwise, last year providing the least snowfall in recorded history. Typically, the lakes have also begun to freeze but so far only some of the low-lying marshes have been able to hold the cold and show a thin layer of ice...and that, to date, short-lived.

As mentioned previously,the downpour of rain and the prospect of more to follow had made my mind up to head rub salt in the wounds this magnificent rainbow had appeared and i had little chance to get a shot of it before leaving.Having packed up i set off to the car only to find the rain would suddenly stop.

yes.........quickly out with gear,set up the tripod,get the camera mounted and snap away.

by the time it had stopped raining i was on the track that leads to the 'Bathing house'.this acted as a nice lead in and i included the house roof and chimneys,roughly on the third,for a bit more interest and depth.

hope you enjoy the result. :)


EXIF....F9.5....0.067 SECONDS....ISO 100....12MM....LEE 0.6 ND GRAD (HARD)


explore #39 19 june 09

No edit pin flowers from my recently captured this morning.


Peace within your heart

Love from family and friends

Faith to guide your way

Hope to make it through each day

Sunshine to light the day

Heavenly Stars to wish upon

Rainbows to to let you know there is a tomorrow...


First mentioned in 1492, located in the district Selmnau of the municipality of Wasserburg (Germany), the Antonius chapel was originally a hermitage. In its present form, the chapel was built in Baroque style in 1696. Facilities include a Gothic Madonna and several baroque sculptures. The chapel stands on a moraine, which offers a panoramic view over Lake Constance.


Die 1492 erstmals genannte, im Ortsteil Selmnau von Wasserburg (Deutschland) gelegene Antoniuskapelle war ursprünglich eine Einsiedelei. In ihrer heutigen Form entstand die Kapelle in barockem Stil im Jahr 1696. Zur Ausstattung gehören eine gotische Madonnenfigur und mehrere barocke Skulpturen. Die Kapelle steht auf einem Moränenhügel, der einen weiten Ausblick über den Bodensee bietet.


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As mentioned before, there are four Amauris species in this area, and the hindwing underside of Amauris niavius is almost wholly white. The white area of the hindwing underside of two other Amauris species is relatively narrow. However, the white markings of Amauris damocles are quite extensive but not as enhanced as those of Amauris niavius.

It's after 5 P.M. and I was still in the mountain trail, so I walked downhill faster and faster.

To my relief, I soon got to the trail entrance, which was between the fields and grasslands.

Then I found this Amauris species on the plant in the fields. It perched so high, so I needed extra efforts to get close to it, but this photo is the best I can get.

Another Amauris species related to mimicry.

Photo taken in Atewa range, Ghana.


The Family is out of town. I mentioned this to a guy at work and he said, so what are you doin' with your time? I said photos of course. He laughed a little and said, "hobbies, cool".


It struck me as odd. I don't see photography as a hobby. Its so much more than that to me. I don't want to be chessy and say its how I define my reality, but I will say that it lets others see the world as I do. I sure like that.


Anyway, this is Spirit Falls in the Columbia River Gorge. I still have yet to see all the falls in the Gorge, but they are all on my bucket list. I did lots of research on how to get there. Many have described the trip correctly, and many have not. Its not true that there is no trail. The trail is there, and not all that hard to find. A lot of it is slide areas where you simply slide down the hill. But it is true that climbing out is not at all fun. I had a friend who had a silly theory, he said you are born with a specific number of heartbeats. If you work out, you burn them all off and die sooner. That's why skinny old ladys who stay home all day, smoke, and eat piazza live to 130. Silly I know, but if true, I lost about 2 years of my life climbing out because my heart was going like crazy.


When you park the car the trail is a bit hard to find. You have to walk to the side of essentially a cliff and look down. The trail is down the cliff. Once to get past that its not that hard to go down. Coming up is the harder task.


Once down there it took me a good 1/2 hour to figure out how everyone got the pictures they did. Many have shot from up high, near a large, and fantastic, tree. Its the obvious location of choice. I expected to shot from there too. However, the trees have grown over and now blocked the view. I was not going to be jerk who busted the branches to get an image. I just had to find another way.


Others seemed to shoot from another spot, down lower, but there was no way to get down there. See, when you arive, you are up high on a smaller sort of cliff, about 20 feet up, looking down at the falls. The main falls was only one set of falls that were actually down there, but there were creeks falling in the vicinity too. After I looked long and hard, I saw that you had to walk down the creek, along the edge of the 20 foot cliff. After that, you need to actually scramble down the creek waterfall itself, rock by rock and under trees. You could see that others have done this, the good hand holds had a patina to them. So down I went. You do get a little wet, but its the only way down. Once down there, the shots were limitless. This one is a panorama, stacked three across and three down. Even the fish eye could not get the whole scene, so I used a panorama to get it all in. I tried several times to use Photoshop's panorama feature, but it was confused, and could not pull it off, so I had to do it manually. I have to say, it was time consuming, but methodical and I actually enjoyed it. It took about 2 hours on the stitching alone. Slow and steady I guess.


Oh one more thing, the water. Like the others have said, I did not over saturate the water, or change the color. That's the actual color of the water. I have NO idea why the water has that deep turquoise color. But its magical to see.


This location has become my second favorite so far here in Oregon (technically its in the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge). I want to go down there again and shoot a full 360 panorama to try to capture the whole scene. The creek falls are picture worthy in their own right.

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- I recently entered a print of this image and "Honorable Mention 2" just next to this one in a local photo club exhibit & competition. I was tickled and surprised when I found out late last week that they had both gotten an honorable mention. It was a small exhibit, but my first so I thought getting an HM was pretty cool.


I have to say too that this is one of the first decent sized prints (11"X17") I'd ever had made of one of my pics and my WHAT A DIFFERENCE it makes when you can hold the image in your hands!


Yes... I posted this image some time ago in a slightly different crop... I thought the occasion of my first competition warrented a little celebration via a re-post.

Very happy today to have received the printed catalog of the VI International Photography Contest Asisa, where one of my seascapes have received a mention from around 2000 photographs presented.


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This photo has recieved numerous comments and I am not re-posting it again to recieve more comments. The reason I have "re-submitted" so that my flickr friends can hear what this picture achieved. I submitted this photo to "Canadian Geographic's annual wildlife photo contest" In the bird category, this photo has achieved the "honerable mention" award. Essentially this means it is 3rd. I am quite happy that they recognized this photo especially that over 2300 ! photos were submitted. So to be listed in the 3rd level of photos, I am very pleased. This photo with the other winners will be a part of a travelling exhibit that will visit many prominant museums across Canada. Who would have thunk it ;) ?



As mentioned, the red and yellow rorbuer are charming and unavoidable in Lofoten. These ones in the small harbor of Hamnøya on Moskenesøya island. As a matter of fact... we stayed in these rorbuer during our Lofoten visit; me in the 3th / middle rorbuer.


Fun fact...the reason that most of them are painted red seems to be that red paint used to be the cheapest paint. Richer people could afford the yellow paint. So it became, sort of, a status symbol to paint in yellow. But not anymore these days!

I mentioned this in the last picture… so here is the Snow-owl eating...

I had to do quite a lof of processing here (mainly exposure) because the picture was quite dark...

Note: a white subject, snow and daylight: over-expose at least 2 stops :)


Oh, and better not try to get some yourself... the owl probably wont share ;-)


I wont say you should press "L" here... not every ones taste..


Have a great sunday, friends!


Thank you all for your views, comments and faves!

Like I mentioned in my last post, it was one helluva year for me.. for one, it seemed to fly by in a blink of an eye, which is good in a way.


Dug this out from the archives, since I wasn't able to get out to shoot yesterday. I had an idea to do a last shot for 2012, but alas.. it wasn't meant to be.


Anyhow, hope you all have a blissful day and welcome the new year with your loved ones near to you.

Jordy mentioned the great French photographer Robert Doisneau last Sliders Sunday which made me think of his surreal take on the Eiffel Tower. Here's my photoshop version of his brilliant film manipulation.

For Aurelia, who has shown her intense love of this amazing monument by lavishing her creative spirit on so many wonderful images of la Dame de Fer.



As I mentioned in the last post/previous image (checking to see if ya'll are paying attention) this guy after his successful very first flight around home base (his tree of origin) he clumsily landed doing a header deep into the Juniper tree. Well this is the frame that substantiates the previous story. A nano second after this frame his head was buried deep into the tree. Landings for new birds most times are nothing short of hilarious.


Now pay attention as there will be a test... lol


A reward is awaiting him for his very first flight. Stay tuned to see his reward, its worth it! ~How's that for a teaser...~


This is of course in reverse order, but the end results are the same...

He is not smiling in this frame... LOL

As mentioned in my previous post, I'm rereading a book on writing and life by Anne Lamott.

In it she frequently mentions the challenge of growing up being an oddball, but because of her laughter, she fit in.


So today, the following quotation seems appropriate to accompany the cement picnic table and benches!


“The artist one day falls through a hole in the brambles,

and from that moment he is following the dark rapids of an underground river which may sometimes flow so near to the surface that the laughing picnic parties are heard above.”

~ Cyril Connolly ~

First mentioned in the 7th century, Diessenhofen is located on the Rhine River. The earliest traces of a settlement found in and around this small Swiss town date back to the Stone and Bronze Age.


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Last weekend as I’ve already mentioned, we went to the east cost. Now before we set off I did a bit of research to the kind of photo I wanted to get whilst there. This lead me to a moderately famous shot of black nab and the shipwreck there (id first seen a Joe Cornish National Trust card of it). Now I’d seen this many times before and to be honest wasn’t keen on the human elements in the shot, but I fancied a trip down to a new beach. I researched the tide times and saved the sunset times on to my laptop and by my reckoning the tide was on its way out at sunset time on the Saturday. The plan was set, Cathy would drop me off and I’d walk back to Whitby a couple of miles away just after sunset!


Well when we got there, a good hour before the time I’d researched, and walked over to the cliff head my heart sank. The bloody tide was almost full in. we just spoken to a couple of farmers to establish where the Wreck was and they had told us that the “you wont be going down there today”, I thought my research would be ok and still provide me with some hope, but I now wasn’t too sure.


Anyway I reassured Cathy that I wouldn’t be clambering over rocks to gain access to the wreck (now just popping up above the swell) and this time I meant it, the cliff was VERY high and I didn’t want to get stuck down there in these conditions with no mobile signal. So she left me and went to Whitby with the kids.


Now I wandered around on the cliff top looking for photo opportunities till the tide went down a bit but the sun was setting and I needed to get down. I wasn’t in a rush because the de-saturated beach was in complete shadow, but I thought the setting sun may illuminate the clouds and I might benefit from the reflections in the swell.


Anyway when I got down there I took this shot. I was pleasantly surprised by the reddish brown sand and the beautiful sloping beach. I know the Black Nab isn’t very big here, but its what I had to work with. Funny I still have shot of Cornwall that I know are more impressive, but I just love this shot. I can’t put my finger on it, may be it’s the experience behind it?


I do find it interesting that as more people get involved in landscape photography, then there will be fewer locations that haven’t been shot to death. I almost didn’t want to get the ‘famous shot’ of the shipwreck and in hindsight I'm truly glad that the conditions forced me to think again about what I shot. On a side note that relates to the ‘bagging’ of shot, I was in Robin Hoods Bay the next day and you couldn’t go any ware without tripping over a tripod. I counted 8 snappers. Now I’ve been there many many times over the years and never seen another serous photographer, weird. I even bumped into a fellow flickrer from Leeds (zeneth) he recognised me, must have been the screaming kids that drew his attention…. (o:


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Here's the second of a few from yesterday's rather productive morning on the Northern Oregon Coast. I specifically chose Astoria as my destination for the morning after reading the forecast calling for overcast and patchy fog along the coast. After Aaron's workshop at the coast, it became apparent to me that these conditions are actually good days for photographing our coastal areas. The alternative destinaton for my morning would have been Mount Hood, but overcast and mountains don't work so well.


A 64x ND filter plus a polarizer were used to drive up the exposure time to >10 sec for the the misty look to the water amongst the pilings, complementing the fog in the distance. No editing was done to this other than resizing and adding the watermark. Below you will find a link to the black and white version of this same shot. I think it is a very strong shot for black & white and was tempted to post it as b&w instead. But I'll leave both here for you to look at. My intention for the morning was actually to shoot some black and white.


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As I mentioned yesterday... when I was coming down from a scramble up a peak the light started to get a nice glow to it as a chinook arch was forming in the north. I started heading to a spot I knew I wanted to get shots from... the spot I posted yesterday... but on the way I spotted what I thought would make a nice reflection shot.


The unique aspect of this spot is that Cameron Creek... which was also the subject of yesterday's shots... and many that I have posted on Flickr.... virtually disappears at this time of year. For almost about three quarters of a mile or so the flow just seems to be soaked up by the river bed and goes dry for about three quarters of a mile before emerging out of the "sponge" to become a river again. At most other times of the year it is not noticeable as the flows are high enough that the river bed contains a river instead of dry rock.


This is a small portion of the river that does not get absorbed in that three quarter mile stretch. It has never been explained to me why the creek disappears at this juncture... but my guess it has to do with "Oil City".


Oil City was to be the city that was built around the first oil well in Western Canada which was on Cameron Creek about a mile from this spot. The well ran dry fairly quickly at the beginning of the century and the dreams of "Oil City" went dry with it. Now all that remains are small parts of the foundation of the original hotel that was built and a historical part of the well itself.


To get this shot... I again resorted to a long exposure as the wind was fairly strong and the water needed to be "smoothed" with a long exposure to reveal the detail and the reflection... despite not having great detail in the reflection.


f16, 10 sec, at ISO 100. Nikon Circular Polarizer II and a Hoya 8X ND filter was used.

First mentioned in the 7th century, Diessenhofen is located on the Rhine River. The earliest traces of a settlement found in and around this small Swiss town date back to the Stone and Bronze Age.


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As I mentioned before, Texas is bleak in February, So there's time to revisit older images. This one didn't get my attention when I first saw it in color. But when I played with tone, it began to speak.


Maybe this image has less interest for people who don't know the story. It was taken two months after my son's surgery, while he was in constant pain. I had, and have, so much admiration for him. That he has been able to focus on his family even as he was going through trauma.


His life today is far, far better. But for me, his father, he proved his mettle when things were dark. It's interesting that the name of the town where this shot was taken is Uncertain, Texas. At the time, things were definitely uncertain.

I should have mentioned on my last picture (see the first comment box) that the Mallard Cafe is named after this locomotive.


Built in March 1938, Mallard is part of the A4 class of locomotive designed by Sir Nigel Gresley when he was Chief Engineer at the LNER. Its innovative streamlined wedge-shaped design bore no resemblance to the preceeding A3 class (of which Flying Scotsman was an example) and was very much a product of 1930's Britain. At this time speed was seen as the ultimate symbol of modernity and the A4 class was the ultimate symbol of art deco styling and cut the journey time from London King's Cross to Newcastle to just four hours.


Until the morning of the 3 July 1938 the recently built Mallard appeared to be just another member of the LNER's express locomotive. However, Gresley and his team had been working hard to implement changes with a view to not only beat the (then) current British steam record of 114 mph held by the LMS but also the world-record held by Germany's DRG's Class 5 locomotive that had archived 124.5mph in 1936. Gresley chose experienced Joe Duddington as Mallard's driver, along fireman Thomas Bray. The rest of the crew and technical team were only told the true purpose of the run after the train's northbound run from Wood Green, in North London.


Racing down Stoke Bank, the dynomometer car behind Mallard recorded 120mph, which saw of the LMS's record. However there was a small window before the crew needed to slow down for the Essendine curves so they accelerated even more. For a quarter of a mile the dynomometer car confirmed the train was travelling at 126mph. Now the German record was also gone.

The windmill on Bidston Hill is mentioned in an early manuscript dated 1609 and may have been there as early as 1596. It is next mentioned in the Kingston map of 1665 . The mill of 1665 was a “peg mill”, which was destroyed in 1791 during a gale which caused the sails to break loose and revolve at such a speed that the friction caused the machinery to ignite!


It was succeeded by this brick-built tower mill and was used to grind corn to flour for 75 years. The mill was built in the year 1800 and although access to its facilities caused no end of problems for cart drivers, it was ideally placed to catch the wind. The windmill could produce 122 lb (50.84 kg ) of flour every 3 to 5 minutes (depending on the wind speed).


In this style of mill the top or ‘cap’ can be rotated through 360° so the sails could be moved to follow the direction of the wind. On the back of the mill you can see the large wooden chain-wheel, which was used to slowly turn the roof around using a rack and gear system. The last miller to work the mill was Mr Youds. Although safety concerns were not as important in the 1800s as they are today, the windmill did have one important safety feature: an extra door! This prevented millers walking out of the mill into the rapidly turning sails (60 miles an hour on a good day).


Unfortunately it didn’t always work and one of Mr Youds’ predecessors forgot which door he needed to use and was hit by one of the four heavy sails and was killed.


During the 1890s, Bidston Hill was purchased by the Bidston Hill Committee from Lord Vyner for public use and in 1894 the windmill was restored by a Mr R. S. Hudson. The Metropolitan Borough of Wirral carried out more remedial work over the years until 2004, when the windmill was closed to public. The roof was repaired in February 2006. The windmill is now an educational resource.


From 2014, the Friends of Bidston Hill open the Windmill to the public on the first Saturday of every month between April and September. Opening hours are 10 am to 12 noon (last entry at 11:45). Height restrictions apply. During the winter months, when hibernating bats are in residence, the windmill is closed.

b better 2 perform actions of worship in such as the 10 days of Dhul al-Hijjah.

الله أكبر الله أكبر لاا إله إلا الله .. الله أكبر الله أكبر و لله الحمد


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Just found out the this won an HM spot on the Ansel Adams Gallery photo contest. I'm so excited and honored to have been noticed. There were so many great photos at the contest.

Yep, I' d posted this before but I thought the light blue was excessive so I toned it down for my Flickr post. Who-da-thunk it. Thanks to my Flickr friends too as I've learned so much from you.


This photo was named one of ten honorable mentions in the Federal Recreation Lands Photo Contest. Thanks to all who voted.

Stop 11 Woodruff NWR

After 15 days, 2939 miles, 6 wildlife refuges, 1 National Park, 2 State parks, and several other stops we are back home. Oh I forgot to mention 10,000+ clicks. Do you want to see all of them?

I already mentioned it in 'Kaamos'. During December the sun doesn't rise above the horizon north of the Arctic Circle. You might still get to see some nice colours during sunrise or sunset time though. I got lucky that afternoon. The sky looked gorgeous when the day ended. Taking the picture was a bit dangerous because I stood right beside the Arctic motorway. There was a lot of honking going on when I composed the shot which was kinda fun. For me at least.


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I have mentioned it before on my stream, but it really hit home to me today - photography has opened me up to so many new experiences. Prior to getting into photography, I never would've considered going to a American civil war historical re-enactment, despite being a bit of a military history buff..... but, I have to admit it was fascinating and I am so glad that I went.

I found it odd that a group of Canadians were re-enacting a foreign war, but that was until I learned that 45,000 Canadians enlisted to fight in the American civil war..... that figure just blew me away.


These are my three favourites right off the bat..... but I've got dozens of shots that I am thrilled with so I'll probably be uploading a bunch more later tonight and through the week.


I thought about processing all three of these in B&W and with a little grain, or in sepia...... but the colours really work so I've left them as is.

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Did I mention that I find these tracks in the fields fascinating? Here's another one.

In a last minute edit I reduced the contrast to make it slightly less dramatic. Yes, I do read your comments, Bernd. ;-)


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I really like this, but not quite as much as the one I made today's photo.

I mentioned the other day how a group of crows had chosen my backyard as a staging ground for what I can only assume are their springtime mating rituals. These combative activities consist in part of nonstop cawing at each other from trees at opposite sides of the yard, punctuated by some rather dramatic dive bombing at each other in the open area, followed by a repositioning of the ranks in the branches, re-establishing, I suppose, the ever-changing front lines. Fascinating to watch and quite reminiscent of scenes from "Braveheart," though perhaps a bit more civilized....referring, of course, to the crows, no physical harm resulting from their forays. Man has still yet to figure this strategy out...


In any event, I have learned, as with all my other attempts at bird watching, that my very first move immediately sends the subjects flying. Thus, this photo was taken while sitting at my desk about 5 feet from my deck door which provided an opportunity to use my famous "Dirty Window" texture. You will note that the lake at the bottom of the scene remains solidly frozen. After this snap, the two individuals on the right flew off, leaving the other (obviously a general) to oversee the engagement.


The second times the charm. I mentioned in a prior post that I had met Serge Ramelli at El Matador State Beach last weekend. Well the weather was gray that day without a bit of color whatsoever, I'm talking GRAY. What a difference a week makes. Today I decided to take a chance even though the beaches were on high alert because of high/rough surf, but time was running out. The suns position will only be visible through this arch for another 4 weeks, so if I did't do it soon or now I could possibly miss it until next year.


I was going to call this image "Lens Bokeh" because of the effect caused by sea spray on my lens. The tide was 2 meters further up the shore than last weekend but there was no way I was leaving without this shot on the card. I watched the surf and waited for a lull in the tide then ran down to the rocks to snap my shot. I took 4 or 5 tries in order to get all 6 exposures during one break in the tides rhythm and had to be taken from a solid surface like a rock, It doesn't work if your tripod is on the sand. I looked like a Sandpiper running up and down the shore and probably looked like a tool(or fool). To make the effort even more difficult it had to be timed between the exposures of the other 10 photographers hoping to grab the sun under the arch, but nobody else was willing to do the leg work. I'm pretty sure I got the most interesting shot of the evening after looking at some of the others shots. :)


I'm not as nimble as a you might think, I walked out of there drenched to the shoulders but whenever a wave came in my camera was way over my head and it only got splashed 2x. You should have seen me in my car trying to get off a pair of wet jeans and long underwear, I felt like Harry Houdini trying to get out of a straight jacket. Some people walked up to the car next to me and assumed there were two in the car getting busy with the windows all fogged up. Then I got out alone and received some "Very" concerned looks. Hehe.


On my way there I had the distinct pleasure of participating in a google parade. Ever been in one of those?

PCH Hwy. 1 was blocked so google maps guided me and about 5000 other motorist right through the surrounding neighborhoods, most filled with multimillion dollar estates. The residents just looked on as a solid line of cars passed by. I had my window down and was asked twice if I was part of a funeral procession . I was glad that it did though, I found some great spots along the way to take a photo. :)


Thank you for taking the time to visit and as always, your views, comments, faves, and support are greatly appreciated!! Have a great week. :)

I think I mention this every time I post a shot from Milford Sound, but what an amazing, dynamic, magical, mystical place this is. We arrived just as the faintest traces of morning light were beginning to come out and we stayed well over an hour shooting the scene as the clouds, the light and the colors were all constantly changing. It's amazing how many different "looks" this place has in my various photos of it...all taken within an hour of each other.


There aren't that many places that I would say have affected me more than this place did. You just feel as if you're in a completely different world.


Wishing you all a wonderful weekend....




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14th to 17th centuries Castle Wijchen is first mentioned in a written source in 1392. The earliest castle probably dates from the middle of the 14th century.

The castle has passed through the hands of many different families. In the middle of the 14th century it belonged to the family Van Galen, in 1536 it passed into the ownership of the lords of Batenburg. By then the castle had been thoroughly sacked at least once. The rebuilding is likely to have been the initiative of one of the lords of the manor of Batenburg (the Bronkhorst family), but the castle was only completed at the beginning of the 17th century. The responsibility for the completion of the current castle lies with the royal couple Princess Emilia van Nassau en Don Emanuel van Portugal.


17th to 20th centuries: In 1609 Emila, daughter of Prince Willem of Orange, bought the castle. It was some time before she moved in. First she had the castle extensively renovated. The money for this enterprise came partly from the sale of an extremely valuable pearl necklace. Emanuel was without prospects and a catholic. Because of this he and Emila had not received permission to marry from the government or Prince Maurits. They had eloped together, and thus had a long and rather difficult love story behind them by the time they came to Wijchen. Many of the decorations on the building are references to their struggle to be united together in marriage, such as the beam fixings in the form of a closed ‘S’ which stand for the French ‘fermesse’ – fidelity.

Emilia died in 1629 and the castle was eventually sold by her children to Philips van Nassau, lord of Grimhuizen near Breda. Having passed through the hands of a further thee families, the castle and estate came into the possession of the Osy family in 1771


The heirs of Baron J.J.R. d’Osy put the castle up for sale in the summer of 1903. It was bought by the honourable A.W. van Andringa de Kempenaer from Den Haag for 26,850 guilders.

As a result of a fire in one of the chimneys on the evening of December 5th 1906 the castle was gutted. Only the walls remained – the entire interior, furniture, books and works of art fell victim to the flames. However in a very short time the castle was completely restored under guidance of the Nijmeegse architect F.A. Ludewig. By 1908 Castle Wijchen had risen phoenix like from the ashes.

After the death of Miss van Andringa de Kempenaer in 1926 the castle passed to her nephews. They tried to sell it in 1932, but their were no buyers because of the economic crisis of the time. Spurred on by the mayor, the municipality of Wijchen bought the castle for the sum of 32,000 guilders. Since that time the castle has been the official meeting house for the council, and every resident of Wijchen is also ‘owner’.


21st century: The future looks rosy for the castle. Renovated in the 1990s the castle has housed, since 1996, Museum Castle Wijchen and the chief meeting room and wedding salon of the municipality of Wijchen. The Museum is situated on the second floor of the castle, and also makes use of a part of the castle gardens. The museum has collections of archaeology and modern art, with both permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as a regional history exhibit about the five castles within the parish. In the garden of the castle is Museum Garden ‘De Tuun’ with historic crops and herbs.


2014 Mobile Photography Awards

Digital Fine Art Category


The Teasel (mistaken for a Thistle)


"The teasel and the horsemint spread

The hillside as with sunset, sown

With blossoms, o'er the Standing-Stone

That ripples in its rocky bed:

There are no treasuries that hold

Gold richer than the marigold

That crowns its sparkling head."

Madison Cawein


I came across a large patch of these in WImbledon Common this past weekend, the parks are full of these beautiful weeds this year. I love the idea of 'floral portraits' and plan to do a series featuring British wild flowers.


Shot & edited with an iPhone5S using Snapseed, Superimpose, Leonardo, Gradgram, Retouch, DistressedFX, XnViewFX. Own text, most textures own except one from one from Design Cuts


My photo "Gate to Nowhere" Honorable Mention at the 2014 International Photography Awards, Annual Single-Image Themed Competition "One Shot, One World".


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The first mention of Middachten appears in the year 1190, and although the castle dates from the early Middle Ages, the house in its present form was built towards the end of the 17th century and still includes some medieval parts. Middachten is unique in that it is still a real, working estate. Besides the castle, park and gardens, the estate also includes farms, woods and agricultural land.


Middachten has never been sold but has always passed from one generation to another. As a result of this, the interior of the castle is complete and still has many of the original household effects, including a large collection of portraits and much 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century furniture. The castle also has the original cupboards filled with collections of china, silver and glass-wear, and antique linen. The management of the estate is in the hands of the 25th Lord of Middachten, Count zu Ortenburg.


Your wedding at Middachten Castle would be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. You would be welcomed at the castle steps from where you would be led through the vestibule with its beautiful staircase to the great hall. Here an official from the Rheden Borough Council would conduct the civil wedding ceremony. The gardens around the castle form a wonderful location for your wedding photographs.

Sorry I didn't mention this but I was tagged by Just a Girl with a Camera aka Kelly! Thanks girly


I got tagged for the group, 16 Things....


so here they are


1. I have asthma and allergies.. very allergic to animals!

2. I am 5" 1' tall

3. I don't like the feel of taking ice-cream out of the the cardboard rubs against the counter.

4. I never joined sports in high school

5. I missed 88 days of my senior year of high school but passed!

6. As I get older my feet hurt more in high heels...:(

7. I gave birth to my daughter on my 21st birthday

8. I still have a favorite blanky

9. I worked to many jobs growing up to count...I worked 3rd shift for a year while raising 2,4,6 year husband worked fulltime and went to school fulltime!

10. My mom passed away when I was 22.

11. I don't speak Spanish but I am Italian and Puerto Rican.

12. I always wanted to be a model..but I am too short and too old now.

13. I gave a girl a perm in ninth turned out bad and we got into a big fight in school... I got to pull the perm right out of her head!

14. I was raised in the slums of Lancaster City...household income of 6, I have wanted to travel the world but instead I had my 3 wonderful kids, got married, and now college...wait I think I did everything the wrong way!

15. I always wanted to be a dancer...

16. My life is better now than it has ever been!


As i mentioned, i moved recently and this is where i live now... Well, actually not in that palace, but only 5 minutes away from the park.




Basically: Getting up early on a sunday morning... ;-)


Of course there was also some processing involved, but the light is real...


I blended the sky and the lower part manually from two different exposures and then processed it using the usual filters.




Bad Homburg vor der Höhe is the district town of the Hochtaunuskreis, Hesse, Germany, on the southern slope of the Taunus, bordering among others Frankfurt am Main and Oberursel. The town's formal name is Bad Homburg vor der Höhe (translated as "Bad Homburg at the foot of the hills (= Taunus)", to distinguish it from other places of the same name), abbreviated as Bad Homburg v. d. Höhe.


Elevation: 130 to 250 m in the town (128 to 683 m in the whole area); Position: 50° 13’ 45” N, 8° 36’ 43” E; Population: 52000.


The town is best known for its medically used mineral waters and spa (hence the prefix Bad, "bath"), and for its casino.


Today, Bad Homburg is again one of the wealthiest towns in Germany, in part thanks to its vicinity near Frankfurt, as many of the directors and employees of the Frankfurt banks live in Bad Homburg. (The Hochtaunuskreis and the Landkreis Starnberg regularly compete for the "title" of the wealthiest district in Germany.)


As of 2004, the town's marketing slogan was: Champagnerluft und Tradition (Champagne air and tradition).

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