A Torn Page


I was walking back to the car through a seldom used car park when I saw this lonely page lying on the ground.  It was the only piece of litter in the car park, which was gradually being claimed back by nature.  With being in French (not surprising since I was in France) and me being woefully lacking in that language I wondered if some hidden mystery/intrigue might be afoot – especially as the page was slightly scorched round the edges……..

It seems it’s a page from a youngster’s mystery story, written back in the ’50s by Georges Bayard.

From a photographic point of view, I would have liked to have had my DSLR with me with it’s wide angle lens so that I could have taken shot giving much much more context.of it’s situation – my little compact just wasn’t up to the job.


A Fishy on a Little Dishy


Saw this, thought of this – e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utkMQJeiK50 – ‘When The Boat Comes in’ – adapted from a Geordie folk song (from the North East of England).  ‘Ditties’, nursery rhymes and folk songs leave a lasting impression, presumably because they are usually imprinted at such a young age.


Wensley Wipe-up

Previously, I posted a couple of pieces on the Holy Trinity Church at Wensley, North Yorkshire.  As I had a few more photos and a couple of questions were raised, I thought I’d do a ‘wipe-up’ post to take care of some of the other odds and ends.

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The choir stalls are dated as 1527 and are decorated with heraldic ‘monsters’ – King Henry VIII was on the throne of England during this period.  The wood is very dark and I’ve photographed them without artificial light, just a little reflected fill on a couple to add edge definition.

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A pair of opera boxes were removed from Drury Lane in 18th Century and installed as pews for the Bolton Family.

I always like to find something that’s a bit more personal than the obvious structure and paraphernalia of the churches – perhaps graffiti tucked away in a corner, something put down and forgotten, etc.  I was in one of the ‘opera boxes’ and happened to open one of the prayer books there.  Apart from the inscription “Bolton 1902” on the title page, a dedication had been written on the facing page.

I hope you don’t use this as a snooze-box.Love
Yours Maria

Font_MG_0798  Font_MG_0803The octagonal font dated 1662.  The best I can do with the inscription is “TER So Looke to your charges”.

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An example of Medieval paintings dated a little after the north aisle was completed in around 1300.  The text is one of the earliest identified examples of English text in a medieval wall painting.  St Eloi is depicted in first painting.  Early 1300s – King Edward I was on the throne of England.  Pope Clement V disbanded the Knights Templar in 1312.

The organ is was built in 1885 by Isaac Abbott of Leeds.

Wooden almery/aumbrie/ambry/reliquary with a money box attached to it, supposedly of around 1400 – it is suggested that it contained relics of St. Agatha.

Saxon memorial stones, now built into the north aisle wall, include the names ‘Donfrid’ and ‘Eadberecht’, both may have been priests from the Minster of Durham.

The carving on these stones was almost flat so I used a small flashgun to throw light across the wall to bring out the texture.

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Sedilia and window reveal in the 12th Century chancel wall.

Piscina, also in the chancel wall but thought to be of a later date.  The front of the basin has been broken off in times gone by.

This is the standard of the Loyal Dales Volunteers.  The regiment was part of a Yorkshire militia created in 1805 for the specific purpose of fighting Napoleon should he invade.  They were disbanded in 1815.

Although shown grey here, this is a black marble memorial slab fixed to the North Aisle wall at Wensley,  showing Henry and Richard, children of Lord Scrope, who both died in 1525. (Another instance where I’ve used an flashgun to bring out the detail.)

Whenever I visit churches, I always take ‘incidental’ images.  These may be something particularly unusual, or just the way the light falls on something.  Here’s a couple from Holy Trinity.
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The South Porch has a sundial with the inscription “1818 – As a shadow such is life”

I may start another blog dedicated to my church visits.

oops – meant to add these reference sites which I found particularly useful.



It Started With a Quote


“One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name”.

You may recall that I highlighted this quote in an earlier post, suggesting that this was a fit remark for today’s celebrity culture.  Of course, I couldn’t leave it at that – I had to find the origin of the quote.

Using that wonderful research tool – the Web – I simply pumped in the quote, like you do.   Initially, it seemed that the quote should be attributed Sir Walter Scot, pulled from a chapter heading in ‘Old Mortality’.  However, I came across a small piece by ‘getting there’ (sorry couldn’t suss real id), who has carried out a piece of research, finding that the quote is better attributed to a military man Thomas Osbert Mordaunt (1729-1809) who wrote a poem during the Seven Year War between Austria and Prussia (1756-1763) – the two lines come from verse 11 of that poem.

Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife,
Throughout the sensual world proclaim,
One crowded hour of glorious life
Is worth an age without a name.

The original meaning set against a world when death and glory were the making of a man.

Some tails are worth chasing.


Stained Glass at Wensley

It was a pretty grey foggy day today.  I had planned to do a circuit of a local reservoir but my companion preferred to stay dry, so a revision of venue took us to Holy Trinity church – Wensley, North Yorkshire.  It was pretty dark inside the church and not very warm either.

I don’t always take pictures of stained glass when I visit churches, but I picked out these windows, which I thought were a little unusual (?).

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Ah Galahad, Galahad for such as thou art is the Vision“.

The angel above Galahad carries a banner which reads “One crowded hour of glorious life is worth an age without a name.”   – I’m afraid, to me, it suggests celebrity rules.

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Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth which was crucified. He is risen. His not here.”  Which my research suggests is derived from Mark 16:6 of the King James Bible.

Stained Glass Wensley Church

This window commemorates an organist at the church (1906).  I wasn’t sure that I was interpreting the window correctly but then I noticed the organ pipes in the background.

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Saint Cecilia.  I may start a collection of ‘stained glass Saints’.




“Hence I have suggested that some knowledge of the propriety of composition is desirable, not so much that all our pictures may be surpassingly well composed as that we may keep safely clear of bad composition.”

A. Horsley Hinton
Practical Pictorial Photography Part One (1902)

Fear is the Mind Killer


Fear is the Mind Killer

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

Bene Gesserit litany against fear.
From Frank Herbert’s “Dune“.

Interesting how your mind recalls things from your past when you see pictures or read things – almost as if there are hidden triggers in every experience that you push into your memory banks and once those triggers are activated the memories come back without a conscious effort to recall them.  ‘Dune’ was such a popular book at the time that some may be familiar with it and the phrase “Fear is the Mind Killer”.  A powerful phrase.