Once upon a time, on a sun-kissed island in the Middle Sea the people worshipped different gods. In spite of their differences they lived and worked together, married and brought up families in an atmosphere of peace of goodwill.
One day, in one of the more remote villages, a group of people decided that their god, a newer one than the old god worshipped by most of the older people in particular, should be the one and only god and that everyone should henceforth worship that one.
They decided to build themselves a new place of worship. In the meantime, because they didn’t think the original place of worship was right any more, they decided to change and adapt it to their new way of thinking.
They also had radically differing views on suitable decoration. It was time to get rid of the angels, birds and animals that originally adorned the place. In future only geometric designs would be permitted. They tore the carved peacocks and angels off the wooden screen and disposed of the pulpit, removed the altar and seats and laid bare the floor. They dragged a set of steps into the gap in the screen. The (probably) beautiful windows were smashed. Little remained of its former glory. In the grounds they erected a small building to serve as a wash-room.
Work on the new building continued apace while they used the adapted building until the new one was completed. Then they abandoned it.
Today the walls and window embrasures are still there and it is home to the swallows, sparrows and pigeons.
The youngsters of the village have found a new use for it …..
Perhaps their games will re-unite them once more.
Here are a few macro photos I took of a yellow goat’s beard seed head, Tragopogon Pratensis (aka Meadow Salsify and Jack go to bed at noon) and a thistle. I loved the golden colours and the way the seeds shone in the sunlight.
They were taken with an Iphone 6S with in the in-phone camera. I decided not to edit them in any way as they are beautiful in their own right.
See Sally’s original post and links to other beautiful macro shots here.
In case you hadn’t guessed, my challenger’s choice is “architecture”. The following 3 photos were taken with the iphone 6+ in camera app and were edited using various settings in the Enlight app. This app produces some great abstract effects.
Bellapais abbey, Northern Cyprus
Bath abbey, UK
a chapel in Clifton, Bristol, UK
take a peek at other challenger’s choices
I was particularly interested to read Sally’s latest post about preferring to use her iphone as opposed to her trusty old Nikon. I, too, have made the transition from my Canon Eos 450 (with which I was never entirely happy) to my iphone 6+ which I’ve had for just over a year now. I am rarely without it and only use the bulky Canon when we’re on an important trip, when I like to have the security of a second camera just in case ….
I use the Lenka app for my black and white photography. The advantage of this little app is that it takes both a black and white photo and a colour one so that if you’re not happy with the results of the black and white one you can always run the colour one through another app to achieve a black and white image. These are all SOOC (straight out of the camera).
For Lens and Pens
This is the bud
the ephemeral beauty of night-flowering cacti plants. Within half an hour of my taking this shot the flower had already started to wither
the ephemeral beauty of the last persimmons/kaki/sharon fruit in the garden – ephemeral because it’s a question of who gets them – me or the birds. I think the birds are winning ….
All photos were taken with an iphone 6+ using the Camera+ app, and the macro setting for the first two
Find other contributions here
Does this count as a hill or a mountain? Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
tea plantations in the hill country around Kandy, Sri Lanka
Sagaing hill, near Mandalay, Myanmar. The entire hillside is covered with Buddhist temples and gilded stupas
early morning in Provence
shafts of sunlight pouring down the hills in Northern Cyprus
view from St Hilarion castle, Northern Cyprus
view of Kyrenia/Girne harbour with hills behind, Northern Cyprus
Ailsa’s inspirational “hill”s are here, along with links to many others.
Luang Prabang, Laos
whirling dervish, N. Cyprus
enlightened by sunrise in Yala park, Sri Lanka
enlightened in Austria’s Losium
A Vietnamese poem hat – you can only see the figures when the hat is held up to a light source
Hoi An lantern festival, Vietnam
young lantern sellers in Hoi An
awaiting the enlightenment of Angkor Wat at dawn
sunset at Bagan, Myanmar
Shwedagon pagoda at night, Myanmar
Did you illustrate Enlightened?