Roman and Mediaeval History, Illlustrated Travel Journals, Mediaeval Literature, Geology


7.10.10
  Some Experimental Photos

Which is a fancy way to say, 'I just pressed the shutter release and wondered what would come out of it.' It also makes for a lazy post because I had a busy week.

Sometimes it looks like modern art.

Vertigo

A staircase inside the keep of Plesse Castle. The stairs aren't Medieaval, of course. The keep tower has been restored to its original height; the upper part was in ruins in the 19th century.

Sometimes nature assists in creating an interesting photo.

An Ent at work

A tree growing right inside Hardenberg Castle. In a fight of stones and tree roots, the trees win in the long run. Ask Treebeard (that tree looks a lot like one of his friends).

Sometimes the light makes for a cool pic.

A Scherenschnitt

Remains of Walkenried monastery against the afternoon sun. Looks like a Scherenschnitt (paper cutout; it's another word that made it into English together with the craft, obviously).

And there's always the windows views.

Window into the past

Or some forest, at least. It's one of several such photos from all over the place (like the one from Criccieth in the post below). This one is from Scharzfels Castle.

Modern technology can add to an interesting photo as well.

Roman architecture meets the 21st century

The baths in the Archaeological Park Xanten, seen from the second floor of the adjacent museum. The remains of the baths have been covered with an elaborate steel and glass construction in the size of the original rooms.

Sometimes the art is right there.

Chagall Blues

Some of the Chagall windows in the St.Stephanus Church Mainz. Those windows are stunning; photos don't do them justice.

BTW, I may be off to add another castle or two and maybe a Romanesque church to my collection this weekend. The weather finally has turned into golden autumn.
 
Comments:
Those are all really cool - but I especially love the first one!
 
Coooool! Like Daphne, I especially love the first pic.
 
The Ent is fantastic - it (he? she?) looks as if it should start walking, or pulling down some more stonework, at any moment.
 
Thank you, Daphne and Kathryn.

Carla, it's a he - the Entwives were lost, remember. ;)
 
Fun stuff.

Did you climb those stairs?
 
The 'tree' pic is a bit spooky looking - as if there should be some sort of legend attached to it:>
 
Much more interesting than cows and grass. :)
 
Who's to say they didn't go to Germany and develop a liking for castles? They'd have excellent taste if they did, if your photos are anything to go by :-)
 
Hank, no, the door to the platform wasn't open.

Anerje, and yet many of our castles don't have any good ghost stories. That's something the Scots are much better at. ;)

Constance, but you got corgies.

Carla, thank you. Yep, we have some picturesque ruins indeed. But didn't the Entwives want gardens? Well, they could set one up between the walls. :)
 
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Miscellaneous musings of an aspiring Historical Fiction and Fantasy author. Illustrated essays on Roman, Dark Age and Mediaeval history, Mediaeval literature, and Geology. Some poetry translations and writing stuff. And lots of photos of old castles, cathedrals, Roman remains, and beautiful landscapes from Germany, the UK, Scandinavia, and the Baltic States.

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