Lewes War Memorial

Lewes War Memorial

I like angel statues. Hence, when I saw this bronze angel in the middle of Lewes, standing atop a pillar with arms stretched out, I was enamoured. I took several pictures even though the circumstances weren’t easy. The sun was behind her, and while the road wasn’t very busy, there were cars coming and going around the island on which she stood. When I went up to read the plaques I learnt that it is the Lewes War Memorial to commemorate the fallen in the First and Second World Wars. That pretty much determined that it was going to be a black & white photograph.

~ Spotted Cow

B&W graveyard scenes

Tombstones

I’ve taken a leaf out of my fellow blogger Lignum Draco’s book and turned my graveyard pictures into black & white to add more mystery and soulfulness to the images. If you haven’t already, drop by Draco’s site at Etcetera Etcetera Etcetera.

Graveyard scenes at St Peter’s Church, Westleton, Suffolk

~ Spotted Cow

Gravestones in overgrown churchyard

Child gravestone

St Peter's Church Westleton

St Paul’s at sunset

St Paul's Cathedral at sunset

View of St Paul’s Cathedral at sunset from the Madison Rooftop Terrace. Hmm, it’s making me think that I ought to do a series on London rooftops. That would be an interesting project.

B&W or colour? I’m going with B&W on this one.

Madison Bar and Restaurant, 1 New Change, London EC4M 9AF

~ Spotted Cow

St Paul's Cathedral at sunset

Bridge myth. The love of a good woman.

Puente de San Martin, B&W

Toledo’s Puente de San Martin with fantastic cloud. Black & white? Or colour?

This bridge is the Puente de San Martin, built in the 14th century. The story has it that upon the finishing stages of the bridge, its engineer realised that he had made a gross miscalculation and the bridge wasn’t going to hold. He became depressed, fearing the worst recriminations of the day. One night, a heavy thunderstorm blew over Toledo. His wife, unable to alleviate his anguish, went out in the night and burnt the middle section of the bridge down. Everyone thought the storm had caused it. And the engineer was able to re-do his numbers and finish the bridge which stands today.

The love of a good woman.

~ Spotted Cow

Puente de San Martin, colour

Toledo, home of the Visigoths

Toledo, black & white

Toledo was the capital of the Visigothic Kingdom, which makes it sound very romantic even though I don’t know who the Visigoths are. Over the ages, the Romans came here too. As did the Christians, the Moors and the Jews.  A lot of fighting went on. No surprise then, that a typical Toledo souvenir is a sword or a knife. They sell them in all the shops.

On the topic of photography, I’m trying my hand at turning these architectural pictures into black & white. Plus, the clouds were incredible that afternoon, which makes for wonderful texture in the sky. The original colour version below.

~Spotted Cow

Toledo, colour