Sunrise Through The Ruins – Sweetheart Abbey

I have not spent nearly as much time as I would have liked by now going through the photos I brought back from my trip to the UK last month (was it really two whole weeks ago that I returned??).

Part of the delay has been due to software issues.  I made the mistake of upgrading some of my image processing plugins, and in so doing have apparently lost the use of important tool-sets that have been rearranged in the newer version.  Oh, the times we live in.

I did see this one yesterday, though…


When I first tried to calculate the angle of the sunrise from this location, I thought it was going to come straight through these windows in the eastern wall into the nave/sanctuary. There must be some date when that occurs, but it wasn’t this date.


I was rather struck though by the simple colors of the sky as the sun began to rise (off to the right). When I saw the image in silhouette yesterday, I thought it would be worth sharing:

Sunrise – the East Windows of Sweetheart Abbey – October 2014@historicscotland @welovehistory @visitscotland @GreatBritain @TwitterUK @medievalworld @getolympus @abbeycottage
Sweetheart Abbey south of Dumfries, near the River Nith in south-west Scotland, was a Cistercian monastery, founded in 1275 by Dervorguilla of Galloway, daughter of Alan, Lord of Galloway, in memory of her husband John de Balliol. His embalmed heart, in a casket of ivory and silver, was buried alongside her when she died; the monks at the Abbey then renamed the Abbey in tribute to her.

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The Sun Sets on Autumn, 2014

We had a very dry month of September here in Middle Tennessee this year… the result has been a rather muted autumn foliage season.
Monday afternoon I went out to see if I could find a last bit of color before a forecast rain set in. I was really surprised as I left the house at the extent to which many of the trees I saw had already lost all of their leaves.  Winter is already upon us…
My destination was the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecelia convent and campus on West End Avenue.  I’d driven by there a few days ago and thought… I’ll be there’s some interesting scenery there… and this is what I found:

The Last of the Fall Foliage
I wasn’t sure if I’d find this much… as I was driving into town this afternoon, it looked like a lot of trees have already lost ALL of their leaves…. @NashvilleTN @InstaNashville #november #sunset #fall #autumn #foliage #leaves #leafpeeping #nashville #nashvilleguru #musiccitysunsets #igersnashville #heartnashville #nashvilleTN #nashvilleinstagram #nashvilleincrowd #nashvillegram #nashvegas #tennesseeinstagram #tennessee #musiccityliving #musiccityusa #musiccity #615 #nashvillescene #nashvillesky #nashvillelife
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Sunrise at Sweetheart Abbey

Sweetheart Abbey
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Sweetheart Abbey south of Dumfries, near the River Nith in south-west Scotland, was a Cistercian monastery, founded in 1275 by Dervorguilla of Galloway, daughter of Alan, Lord of Galloway, in memory of her husband John de Balliol. His embalmed heart, in a casket of ivory and silver, was buried alongside her when she died; the monks at the Abbey then renamed the Abbey in tribute to her.#Medieval #medievaleurope #Europe #stonebuilding #instatravel #travelgram #photooftheday #thebest_capture #ig_masterpiece #nuriss_tag #awe_inspiringshots #pro_ig #global_highlights #igworldclub #ig_select #editoftheday #capture_today #waycoolshots #featuremeinstagood #igcapturesclub #ig_masterpiece #ig_great_pics #picoftheday #instadaily #bestoftheday #instapic

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The Green Man (of Fountains Abbey)

I guess this is the second in the series – the first was the Green Man at Rosslyn Chapel, which is around here somewhere…

Green Man of @FountainsAbbey, hidden high at the apex of an arch on the east wall of the main abbey ruin.
@GreatBritain @TwitterUK @GetOlympus @Welcome2YorksA Green Man is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth, nostrils or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit. Commonly used as a decorative architectural ornament, Green Men are frequently found in carvings on both secular and ecclesiastical buildings.
The Green Man motif has many variations. Found in many cultures from many ages around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural vegetative deities. It is primarily interpreted as a symbol of rebirth, representing the cycle of growth each spring. Some[1][2] speculate that the mythology of the Green Man developed independently in the traditions of separate ancient cultures and evolved into the wide variety of examples found throughout history.

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Dana Cooper at Douglas Corner

And now for something completely different: my old friend (and client back in the days when I thought I was some kind of artists manager…) Dana Cooper put on a show at the Douglas Corner Cafe here in Nashville  I rather like this shot, and the treatment using some pre-sets in Lightroom (“desaturated cinema,” I think…)

#Nashville-based singer/songwriter and Veteran Road Warrior Dana Cooper comes home to put his “Big Foot Down” at Douglas Corner Cafe – October 30, 2014from http://ift.tt/1rG8WFf

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Dusk at Fountains Abbey – Yorkshire

On Saturdays in the fall, the park-like grounds of the majestic Fountains Abbey ruins are kept open to the public well into the evening (closing time is usually 4:30PM).  As twilight descends, the ruins are illuminated with flood lamps within and without…

The Illumination of @FountainsAbbey in Yorkshire, England – October 2014@GreatBritain @TwitterUK @GetOlympus @Welcome2Yorks

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Arches and Vaults – Fountains Abbey

As twilight approached at the end of my day at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, England, lights started to come on throughout the property.  The illuminated vaults of the Cellarium offered a nice contrast to the exterior stonework…

The Cellarium of @FountainsAbbey in Yorkshire, England – October 2014@historicscotland @welovehistory @visitscotland @GreatBritain @TwitterUK @GetOlympus @Welcome2Yorks

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Is This “The Batman Building” in a couple hundred years?

A couple of my friends in Nashville have seen some of these images from St. Andrews Cathedral in Scotland and compared the to our own “Batman Building” in downtown Nashville.  Is this a glimpse of Nashville four or five hundred years from now?

Sunset at St. Andrew’s #Cathedral #Ruin – October 2014@historicscotland @welovehistory @visitscotland @GreatBritain @TwitterUK @medievalworld
@getolympus – This was done entirely with the “Dramatic Tone” Art Filter in the E-M1 #SOOC

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Notes to the Weekly Digest – October 29, 2014

Greetings, Faithful Readers…

A "selfie" of sorts, my shadow cast by the lights of Fountains Abbey

That’s my shadow, cast on the walls of the ruins by the lights at Fountains Abbey

You know that announcement you hear just after your flight has landed?  The one that says “please remain in your seats until the plane has come to a complete stop… be careful when opening the overhead bins as your luggage may have shifted…” ?

That’s kinda what the last week has been like.   The “re-entry” was rough for a number of reasons.  It has taken until this the past couple of days for the jet-lag to wear off.  This experience makes me wonder how my traveling troubadour friends really do it.  I mean, there were several occasions when all I wanted was to put my head on my own pillow and wake up in my own damn bed…

I have finally started going through the photos.  Yes, there are more than 15,000 files but among them are many duplicates, since I both bracketed (multiple frames at different exposure values) and applied my camera’s “Art Filters” features to record a variety of effects with each exposure.  So sometimes a single ‘set up’ would result in as many as 10 files.

As I’ve been going through the files I’ve been posting the ones I like to Instagram, which in turn posts them here and then to Facebook and Twitter.  When you see a post with the header ‘This Just Caught My Eye’ – that’s one that has found it’s way across the digital ether from Instagram to this website.  What I’ve typically done is go in on Wednesday mornings before the “Digest” goes out and editing those entries with a more useful subject line and body copy than Instagram typically allows.

There’s a LOT more to come.  And, for those of you who have joined this list since seeing my work at the “O” Gallery in the Arcade during the First Saturday Art Crawls, you may be pleased to learn that I have returned with a LOT of material that will lend itself quite nicely to the ‘Portals of Stone’ theme you have seen hanging there.

So bear with me, the plane has come to a complete stop now and I’m starting to unpack the bags in the overhead storage… I’ve got a LOT of stuff to share with you over the weeks ahead, so hang on to a few of your holiday shopping shekels… there should be quite a bit of new work to show at the Crawl in December…

Fountains Abbey – The Cellarium


There were high points and there were low points on this trip.Spending an entire day at Fountains Abbey was definitely one of the high points.


I wasn’t sure if I was going to go to Fountains Abbey on this trip. I’d been there before, when I made this trip last year. But I’d gotten there late in the afternoon that day, and by the time I’d patrolled the perimeter of the grounds, they were getting ready to close the joint and I never really did make it inside the ruin. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized that the vaults of the Cellarium were one of the destinations that I’d meant to see…


So Saturday of my final weekend, I was in Yorkshire, about 35 mins from Fountains, and decided to head over there as early as I could, to get there as much as possible before the multitudes started to arrive.My timing was pretty good… I had no trouble photographing the Cellarium, the long vaulted chamber seen in the photo here; Then I availed myself to a guided tour of the grounds, which turned into a private tour when nobody else showed up.


The day just kept getting better from there. Instead of closing the grounds at 4:30 like they usually do, the park was left open well into the evening, and the ruins were illuminated with floodlights that got increasingly dramatic as the twilight settled in. I’ll have more of those photos to show in the weeks ahead.


But wait… that’s not all!


Not only were the ruins illuminated, but a live choir – the Elysian Singers of Yorkshire – performed a vocal concert in the Cellarium, with hundreds in attendance. It was a truly sublime conclusion to a long and fruitful day.

Previous posts from Fountains Abbey: The Concert in the Cellarium  and The Couple In The Window.