Ancient Symmetry

Weekly Photo Challenge: Symmetry

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The ancient symmetry of beautiful York Minster

York Minster 3

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York Minster 2

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York Minster 1

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 I’m always in awe when surveying the construction and workmanship of these ancient sacred spaces.

Their symmetry is perfect. Just how did those architects, stonemasons and engineers do this way back when?

It’s kind of humbling to think that this incredible edifice, which has already been here hundreds of years, will be here long after I’m gone.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

Not Such An Ugly Duckling

Not So Ugly Duckling

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This not so ugly duckling is my submission to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness this week.

Of course, it’s not a duckling at all … it’s a beautiful swan losing its grey baby feathers. But every time I see one of these beauties I’m reminded of that silly song about the ugly duckling ~ a song I’ve been known to sing in the shower … to my rubber duck!!!

Thanks for stopping by …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

 

Copper Horse on Snow Hill … Redux

 

 

Man on Snow Hill

The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.
~ Richard Bach ~

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My entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness this week is a black and white version of an image I featured here a few months ago.

It was taken last fall at the end of the Long Walk in Windsor.

The hill was crawling with people that day, and my husband just happened to be standing in the right place at the right time when no one was around ~ and I just happened to be paying attention.

I love when the Universe conspires to create such memorable moments.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Reflections of England

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

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Near Fishbourne, Isle of Wight

Near Fishbourne, Isle of Wight

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This reflection written during our visit to England last fall.

An Ode to England

A part of my heart

In England lies,

Upon the green hills

Under grey skies.

By acorns grown old,

In villages quaint,

By waters run cold,

By the church of a saint.

Embraced by a wood,

Entranced by a dale,

Enamored of history

Hearty and hail.

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Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset

Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset

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Near Skipton, Yorkshire

Near Skipton, Yorkshire

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The garden gate at Hilltop, home of Beatrix Potter, Windermere, Cumbria

The garden gate at Hilltop, home of Beatrix Potter, Windermere, Cumbria

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A swan upon the River Thames, Windsor, Berkshire

A swan upon the River Thames, Windsor, Berkshire

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

Stuff and Nonsense

Wind Against Current

Eclectic Odds n Sods

The Other Pictures.

Isadora Art and Photography

Freddy’s Photo Project

Inside Salisbury Cathedral

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

I have a passion for ancient structures. To me there’s something magical about a place that has stood the test of time.

Salisbury Cathedral happens to be one of those places.

We had the good fortune to visit the cathedral for an afternoon last fall. It was a particular thrill for me as I’d just finished reading Sarum ~ the epic historical novel by Edward Rutherfurd documenting the history of the area, including the construction of this impressive religious structure.

If you’re interested in learning more about Salisbury Cathedral, which was consecrated at this site in 1220 and boasts the highest spire in England (at 404 ft/123m) visit the History page of the cathedral’s official website.

Thanks for stopping by …

Dorothy 🙂

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

The Adventures of Justin Beaver

Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different

Witrian’s Photofolio

Abandoned

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Hollow. Empty. Derelict. Broken. Unloved. Sad.

Feelings of abandonment reflected in imagery.

With a structure it’s possible for beauty to be found there. To use our imagination to create a place and time that tells us what life might have been before it disappeared.

With a person or animal abandonment produces a far more tragic result.

Sad stuff.

I don’t like to dwell on it.

Black and white

Let’s end with two abandoned kittens I rescued in 2012.

Where there’s life, there’s hope.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy 🙂

©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

Shout Outs

A Busy Life of Leisure

ArtizenImages

Lost in Translation

Old Man Winter and Mother Nature have a Spat

Looking to the west from the ancient settlement of Old Sarum in Wiltshire.

England’s green and pleasant land. … Looking to the southwest from the ancient settlement of Old Sarum in Wiltshire.

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We were in England in September. Spent some time traveling through Somerset, Berkshire, Surrey. So, so beautiful. What a terrible state of affairs to see, by the news images, so much of these areas, and more, covered in flood water.

It’s been a brutal winter all over, of course. Ol’ Man Winter and Mother Nature seem to be engaged in some kind of angry spat.

In the U.S. northeast a massive snow and ice storm, which has already battered areas in the south unfamiliar with such weather, is currently blasting through.

In southern Ontario, temperatures are finally rising to within a few degrees of zero Celsius following weeks submerged in the -12C area and lower and a snow storm almost every week.

It’s practically balmy out there now!

Of course, with an ice storm of our own passing through here just before Christmas, leaving in its wake massive power outages, millions of dollars in damage and wreaking havoc to our tree canopy, we understand the chaos of the unexpected, catastrophic weather event.

With any luck this winter will go in the annals as one never to be repeated and we’ll all move ahead into a glorious spring.

Wherever you may be this winter, I wish you well.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy 🙂

What’s the winter been like where you are? 

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014