The last photo is lovely. I always like tree-lined roads.
I had to snap it quickly while the person at the end was still in view.
Castles have their charm but I have to agree with you about monastic ruins. English Heritage has some truly fabulous and offbeat properties. The last photo with the almost ghostly figure at the end is wonderful as is the romanesque doorway.
I have developed a love of old cemeteries.
I've been photographing graveyards for 40 years. I particularly love 18th century tombstones with their big, chunky, folk-arty carvings of death's heads and cherubs.
What a Romanesque doorway! Quite elaborate.
I like the photo of the castle, not for the castle, but because of the contrasting greenery beyond. It's almost a "this is what we were fighting for" photo.
And of course, the churchyard path is great. All those bodies nourishing those trees, and the figure in the distance.
I love anything romanesque- all that bold, chunky carving. The pointed decoration on the middle band of the arch is actually made up of fabulous, long-snouted beasties.
I took a lot of pictures at the castle, but that's the only one I really like- maybe because it seems to offer an escape route.
I had to get my skates on to capture that vista down the pathway before the figure "disappeared".
Wow, that's fantastic. I'm jealous of this little photo outing.
I just love a ruin.
I love avenues of trees, and I especially love the sign outside the church. :)
It's a friendly church. There was a woman inside- as there so often is- doing the flower arrangements.
What brought you to this particular site?
We were in the neighbourhood because we'd got tickets for the theatre in Stratford- about five miles away. We knew the castle was worth seeing- and I'm always on the lookout for anything old and ecclsiastical.
That last photo is striking, not least because I'm trying to decide how the graves got so close to the bases of those trees. The bodies must have been buried first, and then saplings planted. In colder, darker weather, it looks as though it would be the perfect setting for the Headless Horseman to chase poor Ichabod to the bridgehouse.
British countryside has me thinking about American folklore - curious.
I think you're right, the graves are 19th century and were almost certainly there before the trees.
Washington Irving was an Anglophile and England is positively swarming with headless ghosts.
2008-09-02 03:15 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous photos, as always. I particularly like the first and last ones.
I love castles.
I prefer my castles small and intimate. There's something cold and impersonal about the really big ones like Kenilworth.
Lovely photos! That path... wow, wow, wow.
I'm glad you like that one. It's my favourite.
And here- just because I like it- is the churchyard path.
It looks like the Sibyl's Cave at Cumae with trees.
2008-09-02 07:11 pm (UTC)
All rather fabulous!