Today I will consider stone in my compilation of photographs. The British Isles are home to all kinds of stones, from the cobblestones of the old roadways. to the stone left by glaciers, which were used in building their fortresses and castle keeps, cathedrals and towers, not to mention their oldest stone monument, Stonehenge. The difference when visiting the grand cities of Europe, from those on our continent is mostly a matter of time. The walls of some of the buildings here are ancient compared to ours. And these stone walls are imbued with the rich history and pageantry of these nations. Stone is strong, and weathers well the passage of time. And they have a story to tell, of knights and ladies, kings and queens, battles and romance, rebellion and invasion. So enjoy a walk among the stones that built a civilization. Perhaps they will speak to you as they did to me.
We just arrived home from our cruise around the British Isles and what a wonderful time we had. I went in search of inspiration and I was not disappointed. I happened upon some revelations as well. I will not inundate you with my 2000 plus photographs but will instead try to convey the flavor of the British Isles with some photo collages and commentary. My first inspiration came from being aboard ship again. I love waking up to a sun rising over the sparkling water and wrapping myself in the more mellow tones of the sun setting at day’s end. I love waking up and peeking out behind the drapes to see where our adventures for the day will begin’. I decided, therefore, to start with a simple concept: the sea. Here are my favorites from the waters around the British Isles.
on a sea of inspiration
cruising round the British Isles
with sailboats as companions
tacking toward the setting sun…
and in coves, ships find safe harbor
as the captains in their cabins
dream of voyages to come…
the sun bids clouds to gather
as rays of gold rain gently down
and illuminate the sea; for a
a sunset over Scotland forms
a memory not forgotten