Mirage or Miracle

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Although I love rich, vibrant colours, I wouldn’t usually post a photo which is so obviously overdone, but while playing around in Adobe Lightroom this evening, and taking artistic licence, I suddenly realised that there was a golden cross reflecting back to me!!

 

Saint Tysilio’s Church, Llangollen

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And the beautiful stained-glass windows

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This ancient church is dedicated to the sixth century saint, St Tysilio.

Tradition says that there has been a place of worship on this site since then.

 The present church was built in the year 1180 and, at various times, has been repaired and renovated.

The font is said to date from the fourteenth century.

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The oak panelling above the sanctuary also dates from the fourteenth century.

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The glass in the narrow window dates from 1460, the lower figure is James the Greater.

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A beautiful blessing in the information leaflet reads:

“May your visit to this ancient church, hallowed by the prayers of many centuries, remain in your memory.

Into the gracious mercy and protection of God we commit you and yours.

May the Lord bless you and keep you, and give you peace and happiness as you go on your way.”

Contemplating the Natural World

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“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement;

the greatest source of visual beauty;

the greatest source of intellectual interest.

It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”

David Attenborough

 

Talacre Beach and Nature Reserve

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“Come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned…

Just think of happy things,

and your heart will fly on wings, forever,

in Never Never Land.”

Peter Pan

Welcome to Bala Lake Railway

 

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Croeso i Rheilffordd Llyn Tegid [Welcome to Bala Lake Railway]

“Home of Alice, the Little Welsh Engine”

Yesterday I made my way to Llanuwchllyn, a little village at the southern end of Bala Lake in North Wales. 

I wanted to try out my new lens – a Tamron 18-300 zoom lens, so I decided to take the narrow gauge steam train which runs alongside the lake, a return journey of approximately nine miles.

For the next hour or so, the little train chugged and weaved its way along the track and I enjoyed some great views of the lake, which is nestled among the nearby mountains of Arenig Fawr, Aran Benllyn and Aran Fawddwy, in Snowdonia National Park.

On reflection, it probably wasn’t the best place for experimental  photography, given the nature of the journey!!

http://www.bala-lake-railway.co.uk/

 

Life is Eternal

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“I am the daughter of Earth and Water,

And the nursling of the Sky;

I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;

I change, but I cannot die…”

Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1820