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 đŸ™‚

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure

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Treasure

I’ve been collecting labradorite for years.

It is a beautiful and mysterious stone which, at first, appealed only to my eye. But when I learned of its healing qualities as well I realized that I was drawn to it because of the way it also spoke to my heart.

I have labradorite in almost every room of the house. Wherever we travel I look for a piece, either in jewelry or a rough or polished stone, to bring home with me. It’s only been on the rare occasion that I haven’t been able to find it.

The stone depicted is  one I purchased in a rock shop in Banff, Alberta. I always gravitate to the labradorite section of such a shop (in Banff there are many). Unless a person is aware of the qualities of the labradorite they’ll usually just walk by it because at first glance it looks like a grey stone with a bit of colour in it. But it is so much more.

I will spend several minutes oohing and aahing over each stone that tempts my eye. I will pick them up one at a time, cradle it, hold it to the light and watch as the stone comes to life, the luminescent colours dancing and playing between peacock blue and green and mauve or orange or whatever its particular essence holds. It’s totally mesmerizing.

I am a child again, searching for special rocks in a mountain riverbed that I can take home and add to my ever-growing collection.

In this shop I inspected a number of stunning pieces of various sizes and opted for this one because I liked that it was polished on one side and rough on the other. It’s about two inches high by one inch wide and another inch deep and can be held comfortably in my hand. As I didn’t have one like this in my collection I decided it would come home with me. I think it, along with another stone I selected, cost about $40. Now it’s priceless to me.

It wasn’t until I got it home to Ontario and had a proper opportunity to inspect and meditate on it that I realized what an incredible find this was for me. In fact, I have thought since that it wasn’t so much that I found the stone but that it found me.

I discovered that when I look at the polished side of the stone at a particular angle under a light source the impression of the head, neck, shoulder, chest and a raised front foot of a horse magically appear. If you look at the image here you’ll see it. I had to set the stone up carefully against the base of my desk lamp and cradle it with a lace doily to make it work, but it is clearly visible. Maybe you won’t see it right away, but it’s there. For reference, the nose of the horse is blue.

When I first noticed this it took my breath away. My passion has always been horses. Horses are an important part of my life journey. I couldn’t believe that a simple stone I’d picked up for one reason ~ its appeal to my eyes alone ~ actually spoke to me at a much deeper and more spiritual level.

So, as you might imagine, what might seem an incredibly boring chunk of Mother Earth to one person is actually a treasured piece of her inner beauty to me.

Perhaps this simple stone also illustrates the notion that beauty is not always obvious and is to be found in the most unusual places. All we need to do is open our eyes, and heart, and see it.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy đŸ™‚

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

My second submission to this challenge, these images were captured on my travels.

Click here to see “The Boys” featured in my first submission.

Enjoy!

Dorothy đŸ™‚

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014

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Bathed in Light … Roman Baths, Bath, Somerset, England

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Portal to Heaven

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When I travel I like to visit the old and ancient places. I like to marvel at the workmanship. I like to look up.

I find when I look up I see the most amazing things. Like this beautiful domed ceiling at the entrance to the Roman Baths in Bath, Somerset.

In the centre a window to the heavens, where light enters and bathes the palatial hall in a warming glow.

In the Baths at Bath I am bathed in light.

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy đŸ™‚

©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Detail … Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Daily Prompt: Details

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Details

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Thanks for visiting,

Dorothy đŸ™‚

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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Perfect Symmetry … Yorkminster, York, England

York Minster Chapter House

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When I visit England one of my favourite activities is to visit the great churches.

Where permitted I like to photograph inside.

I never use flash. First, I wish to demonstrate my respect for the sanctity of the building.

Second, there is already such beautiful light available that using flash would only disturb it.

In this image I’ve captured the beautifully ornate ceiling of the Chapter House at Yorkminster.

I marvel at the beauty; the artistry; the workmanship; the efforts it would have taken to create a ceiling on such a grand scale several hundred years ago.

Perfect symmetry.

Just how did they do it?

What’s even more incredible is that it’s still here for all of us to enjoy.

And I share my vision of it with you …

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy đŸ™‚

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

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Perfect in its Imperfection … Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, England

Bolton Abbey

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No roof.

No windows.

No doors.

But …

A form.

A story.

A life.

Perfect.

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We all get older. Things happen to us. Things change us. The true measure of our character is how we respond to what we experience.

Will it make us, or break us?

When I encounter the ancient places; the broken ones, I am reminded that as I get older and my body begins to breakdown that I am more than the sum of my deteriorating parts.

I am not the greying roof of my head, the fading windows of my eyes or the creaking hinges of my joints.

The incredible spirit I am fills a form of flesh and blood that embodies the story which is my life.

A life filled with joy, sorrow, pain, peace, suffering, love, rapture, sadness, anger, understanding, curiosity, confusion, grief, success, imperfection, mistakes, misjudgement, beauty, glory … and on.

But it is my life; my story and, for all its imperfections, like this ancient and broken abbey … it is perfect.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy đŸ™‚

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: The Hue of You … Blue

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Cool Blue

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This was the first image that came to mind when I reflected on this challenge.

These organ pipes in the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona reflect a full spectrum of colours from the church’s gorgeous stained glass windows.

Here the major hues are a delicious lapis and turquoise blue.

Divine!

With my birthday in December, the month of turquoise, it seems fitting that the colours that most resonate with me are those depicted here.

And there’s just enough of the warmer shades to provide a sense of balance.

Blue is a spiritual colour. The colour of communication. The colour of the Throat Chakra.

As a writer and communicator this seems entirely appropriate.

For a complete interpretation of the colour “blue” in colour psychology, click here.

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Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy đŸ™‚

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©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinity … The Infinite Beauty of Autumn

Infinity … Endless. Enduring.

I’ve opted to highlight the infinite beauty of autumn for this week’s photo challenge.

A last burst of vibrant warmth and colour before the cool hues of winter lay tracks for another season of hibernation.

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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©Dorothy Chiotti, All Rights Reserved 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up … Enjoy the View!

Thanks to this week’s photo challenge we get to look up.

What a great theme!

I love to look up and have made a habit of doing so whenever and wherever we travel.

There’s so much to see, don’t you agree?

Remember to look up … đŸ˜‰

Thanks for visiting …

Dorothy

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