Shadows and Sun-flare; Monochrome Madness

shadow and sun-flare; copyright jmeyersforeman

shadow and sun-flare; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Last week we visited Bath England, early that morning we were out wandering the streets, only a few people were on the street headed to work, so the streets were quiet. Early morning can be a great time to wander the streets with a camera, while the contrast between the light and the shadows can be strong and ruin many travel photos, interesting details and shadows can be found.

The bike culture in big in Bath, with plenty of bike rentals available for both tourist and residents to use, bike lanes make it easy to bike around the city. It isn’t unusual to see them locked up to every railing and lamp-post in the city, but it is unusual to find one bike alone, the shadow so clear, and so beautifully framed. In fact 10 minutes later I was back down the street and the bike was gone! It was a great day, even if we were still looking for a cup of coffee!

I have submitted this to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness blog post. Once a week photographers from around the globe submit their favourite black and white image and Leanne Cole curates the images into a single blog post. There is so many great images I recommend you head over and check out the work.

St. Fagans National History Museum; Cardiff Wales

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Recently we spent the day visiting St. Fagans, which is a collection of historic buildings showing what life was like in Wales during different periods of history. The buildings include a farm-house, school, shops, a chapel that have been relocated onto the grounds of the St. Fagan’s castle. It was a wonderful way to spend the day, wandering the grounds.

I will share more images and information in the near future, but for now we are busy enjoying visiting with family in England! After so many months it is nice to have family around.

 

Reflections of Bath in the River Avon, Bath England

reflection of Bath in the River Avon; Bath England; copyright jmeyeresforeman

reflection of Bath in the River Avon; Bath England; copyright jmeyeresforeman 

While we were in Bath we walked across the Putney Bridge, through the garden and down the riverbank early one morning, commuters were on their way to work, few tourists were around and it was wonderfully quiet. The morning light was perfect for getting reflections of the church steeple in the water.

It was a beautiful start to the day.

Caerphilly Castle; Caerphilly Wales

Caerphilly Castle; Caerphilly Wales, copyright jmeyersforeman

Caerphilly Castle; Caerphilly Wales, copyright jmeyersforeman 

After Bath England we travelled by train to Caerphilly Wales. The Caerphilly Castle is the historic site in this lovely little town, built-in the 11 century in just 3 years, it occupies 30 acres of land, the river had been diverted  to create the moat.

The castle was fun to visit, many of the rooms have exhibits set up telling visitors about the building, the weapons and life in the 12th century. It is now used for events and weddings.  It would have been wonderful if the water had been still we would have had a wonderful reflection! oh well, maybe another day.

I hope your weekend was a wonderful on.

Bath England

The Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, Bath England.

The Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, Bath England. 

Before heading to Caerphilly Wales to visit cousins we stopped for a night in the beautiful city of Bath England. This is probably one of the most famous views of the Pulteney Bridge and the River Avon with its crescent shaped weir.

Considered to be one of the most beautiful and romantic bridges in the world, is one of a handful of bridges with shops built into it.

Wedding; Men’s Abbey; Caen France

 

Wedding; Caen France

Wedding; Caen France

We arrived at the Men’s Abbey in Caen and the wedding service was almost over. We stood near the back to for great Abbey, as the priest pronounced the happy couple husband and wife, and a great cheer was heard from the guest. As the couple were hugged and congratulated by parents and family the guest filled out to the front doors and waited patiently. As the couple left the church arm and arm the family and friends let out another big cheer. The wedding photographers were nowhere to be seen I am not sure what photos they would have taken, but I love this one. The first kiss on the steps of the church, the family and friends showering them with rose pedals.

The Men’s Abbey in Caen has a long history, founded in 1067 by William the Conquer it is described as a  Norman Romanesque Church and I was left wondering how many generations of this couple’s family had been married here.

Inside the Church is a display of photos. The citizens of Caen took shelter there during the World War ll bombings.  It was one of the few buildings left standing in the city. You can see from one of the earlier blog posts, the bombs, unfortunately, did not always avoid the churches.

The visit to the Abbey was a thoughtful one, many of the Churches we have visited have been like museums, with audio guides detailing the art and telling us of the history. While we are aware of that they are a Sacred Destination for many today we witnessed the role that many play in lives of their congregation. Each day brings us something new and wonderful.

Canadian War Memorial; Juno Beach

Canadian War Memorial; Courseulles-sur-Mer; Juno Beach. copyright jmeyersforeman

Canadian War Memorial; Courseulles-sur-Mer; Juno Beach. copyright jmeyersforeman

While we were visiting Caen, we took a short one hour bus ride out to Courseulles-sur-Mer, known to Canadians and most of the world as Juno Beach, where Canadian soldiers landed at D-day June 6th 1944.

The Juno Beach Centre pays homage to the 45,000 Canadians who lost their lives during the War, of which 5,500 were killed during the Battle of Normandy and 359 on D-Day. The museum tells about life in Canada during the 1930’s, as well as Canada’s contribution to the war, giving both a soldier’s perspective as well as the political and social perspective of the life and times of that period in our history.

After touring the museum we walked the Beach. Even with all the photos and artifacts we viewed, and the films and radio recordings we listened to running through our minds it was still difficult to fully understand and appreciate what our soldiers went through during the war.

 

Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux Church; Caen France

Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux Church; Caen France copyright jmeyersforeman

Saint-Étienne-le-Vieux Church; Caen France copyright jmeyersforeman 

While trying to find the Abbaye aux Hommes, we came across the St. Etienne le Vieux Church. A large church built by William the Conqueror and partially destroyed in the 1944 bombings during World War ll. It was quite amazing to find in the middle of the city these old ruins left as a reminder to the damage done during the 2nd world war.

The timing of our visit could not have been better, from a photographic point of view; the storm clouds were starting to move in, giving the sky this great sense of movement and character, it was late in the day and the sun was still over the western horizon was bathing the ruins in the warm sunlight.

The English Channel; early morning seascape

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Early morning seascape; copyright jmeyersforeman 

Yesterday was a long day, 11 hours in transit; bus to ferry, ferry across the English Channel,  and finally a train from Portsmouth to Bath. We started our day at 5:30 in the morning and arrived in Bath about 5 pm. I am always amazed at how tired I am on days like this, because it seems the majority of our time is spent sitting watching the world go by, reading and eating, but exhausting it was.

I did promise photos of Caen, and I will get back to those before too long, but we have one day in Bath, so we are  off to visit the Abbey and see the sights. Photos to follow

Historic Center and Tudor Style Architecture of Rennes France

Tutor Style Architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor Style Architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

The cobblestone streets in the historic centre of Rennes France are lined with 15 and 15 century Tudor Style buildings. Some with crooked doorways, and leaning walls. It was an interesting walk, especially since there were so few people in the centre during the holiday weekend. Here are just a few of the images;

tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Tudor style architecture; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman   

Bill in the doorway of a historic Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Bill in the doorway of a historic Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman  

there are even wall murals painted with Tudor style buildings.

wall mural of Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

wall mural of Tudor Style building; Rennes France; copyright jmeyersforeman