Lantern Tower, York Minster

Ornate

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ornate

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When I think of ornate my mind immediately drifts to the big, old churches of Europe. Every time I visit one of these ancient sacred spaces I stand in awe at what the master craftsmen of old accomplished under such punishing circumstances.

How DID they do it?!!

As Northern Europe’s largest consecrated Medieval Gothic space, York Minster is also one of the world’s largest Medieval Gothic Cathedrals. It took 250 years complete.

The Lantern Tower, at its centre, was built 1407-1423.

It’s height is 235 feet (71m).

At 16,000 metric tons, it weighs about the same as 40 jumbo jets.*

For an interesting look at other British historic events that occurred during the construction of the Lantern Tower, check out TimeLine.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2015

*About Travel … Fantastic Facts about York Minster

Century Barn

Old Barn

Monochrome Madness 2-29

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Since taking on the stewardship of a horse farm two months ago, it’s been fun to explore it’s many beautiful spaces, both man-made and natural.

One of my favourite spots is the century bank barn. It’s a cathedral built to farm life. A shelter for the animals (in our case, horses). A storage for feed and machinery. A place to step into another time as its century beams and boards and vaulted roof draw us in to musing and meditation.

All my life I have dreamt of having a century barn.

I’m still pinching myself.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … All Rights Reserved 2015

Orange … Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Weekly Photo Challenge: Orange

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Sagrada Orange

The stained glass of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is stunning. Its rich colours warm and embracing. Little wonder my thoughts turned to this beautiful church for a spot of orange.

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Sagrada Orange II

The area around the organ is surrounded by plexiglass. I suspect this acts as a baffle, but it also has its place as a mirror for all that gorgeous orange stained glass.

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Sagrada Orange III

Everywhere you are, there it is.

Perhaps orange is the new black. 😉

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

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

Favourite Images … 2014

 

The year 2014 was a year of ups and downs and highs and lows, but all in all I’d say it was a good year for me.

I have a lot for which to be grateful and I’m mindful of this every day.

Herewith a review of some of my favourite images posted to this blog last year.

A reminder to me of the beauty there is to be enjoyed in our amazing world.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!!

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Salisbury Juxtaposition

Salisbury Cathedral
Taken from Old Sarum, Wiltshire

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Swans

Swans
The Thames at Windsor, Berkshire

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Which way?

Snowed In
Mount Albert, Ontario

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Winter

 Snow Day
King Township, Ontario

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Isle of Wight

Sunset
Isle of Wight

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Abbey

Abbey ~ the most beautiful girlie in the world … to me.

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Man on Snow Hill

On Snow Hill
Windsor Great Park

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Between

Burning sky
Firenze

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Tuscan Sunrise

Morning Mist
Near Iano, Tuscany

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Leaving Pitti

Exiting the Pitti Palace
Firenze

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Radiant

Sunset
Near Iano, Tuscany

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Grand Canal

Classic Venizia

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Muzzle

The softest nose

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The Master Arrives

The Riding Master

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Walking the Dog

Walking the dog
Venizia

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Concert Master

The Maestro
Firenze

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Chillin'

Shakespeare

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What light?

Dawn
Near Iano, Tuscany

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Descent

The rainbow
Niagara Falls, Ontario

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When I'm tired. I rest. Growing up is hard work and such an adventure. ... Aren't I cute?

Spirit Dancer born August 2014
Symbolic of a new lease on life as we enter the new year.

Wishing you much peace, joy, abundance and happiness in 2015.

Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2015

The Art of Zigzag

Weekly Photo Challenge: Zigzag

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For this week’s challenge three completely different travel destinations come to mind.

Each an artistic representation of the beauty of the Zigzag.

Enjoy!

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St. Stephen's

 

Vienna, Austria … where the impressive multi-colour zigzag of the tile roof at St. Stephen’s Cathedral dominates the Stephansplatz …

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Monterosso al Mare

 

Monterosso al Mare, Italy … where colourful shade umbrellas zigzag across the popular Italian riviera beach …

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Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia … where the ceramic tile roof zigzags with the glow of the mid-day sun.

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

©Dorothy Chiotti … Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Shout Outs

The Landslide Photography

A Bowl of Cherries

That Montreal Girl

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