Whilst the snowdrops have been with us a little while there are now the first signs of daffodils,Spring is in the air!
St. Michael's Church at Chagford occupies a site probably hallowed for centuries before the construction of the present building. The commanding position of the church within an upland landscape has served as a powerful symbolic landmark for generations, it is still a focus for the continuity of a thousand years of community life.
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siudzi (34141) 2014-02-25 1:58
Like this spring shot a lot! The place you have visited looks quite moody but the first signs of the spring added something special to the view. Well seen and composed one. TFS!
daddo (27656) 2014-02-25 2:02
Hi Leslie. There is something moving about this juxtaposing of nature's awakening and man's (and woman's) eternal sleep. gentle light and soft colours match the mood. Best wishes Leslie. Klaudio.
mesutilgim (96794) 2014-02-25 2:05
Very nice capture of this old chapel with the graves in the foreground. Perfect pov and layout.
TFS and best regards
holmertz (57483) 2014-02-25 2:06
This is not just a pleasant view but also a very nice composition. The gravestones and the narrow road form diagonals going from the corners and converging at the off-centred church tower. There is the typically quiet atmosphere of old graveyards where the gravestones' names of long forgotten people have become difficult to read. A reminder to us that one day we will also be forgotten but there will always be new springs and new flowers.
snunney (104837) 2014-02-25 2:19
Nature seems ahead of itself this year with the continuing mild weather. A perfectly composed image of church and graveyard. The burgeoning spring flowers add further charm to an already attractive scene. I like very much the soft light and colours. Clarity is excellent as ever.
Royaldevon (41865) 2014-02-25 2:41
Churches always make good subjects for photographers and this, with its accompanying rows of ancient gravestones, is a particularly good example. You have used the gravestone expertly, creating a fine sense of perspective, setting the scene and guiding to the focal building.
The soft winter light has enhanced the honey coloured stonework to perfection.
Have a great day,
Subhogen (4067) 2014-02-25 2:46
Nature and climate might have left all topsy-turvy this year throughout the world but your photo exudes a peaceful and calm atmosphere befitting of a church and a cemetery. The tombstones and the crosses are fine FG interests and creates nice diagonals across the frame leading to the fine church in the BG. Nicely done thanks for sharing.
annjackman (21901) 2014-02-25 3:08
How wonderful to see the snowdrops. They are so delicate and contrast with the weathered graves. A gentle image that says a lot.
Kind Regarsd, Ann
jhm (157976) 2014-02-25 4:47
I though first to a picture out of Ireland, but this is England
We see clear the first sign of the springtime with the snowdrops.
You chose a very well angle this cares for depth and perspective.
A nice composition, good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-25 5:11
this warm yet wet winter has made spring arrive early here too, with daffodils out everywhere, even have buds on my roses! A typical English scene this, with an enticing composition that makes it so inviting. Lets hope we get a stunner of a summer this year eh? Don't hold your breath though!
PaulVDV (31217) 2014-02-25 10:45
With this early spring England really defeats us!
The path and the tombstones lead us well to the church.
The picture has an excellent depth and beautiful natural colours.
That big tree hides a part of the tower but under the overhanging branches we still can see the entrance.
Best regards, Paul
UlfE (14641) 2014-02-25 12:14
A really fine composition. The gravestones diagonally across the photo and the gravel path on the right hand side are an excellent lead in to the perfectly positioned church tower. I also enjoy the snowdrops in the foreground and other signs of the incipient spring. TFS and have a nice evening!
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-02-25 15:53
for some people the picture of the cemetry can be a little bit spooky, but this one is very pretty and I would not mind to have a peaceful walk out there. It also provides interesting foreground for the church on the second plan. All the colors have been kept very natural, but still saturated.
Very good picture! TFS!
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-02-25 21:42
The cluster of snowdrops growing between the leading lines of gravestones is a lovely seasonal touch Les and I detect the slight budding of the skeletal trees behind the church. What a marvelous time of year with new pointers to the season becoming visible each day. I like this a lot, soft delicate colours and light with a hint of warmth. Warm regards Rosemary
nikkitta (17068) 2014-02-26 8:13
Like the mix of church and gravestones with the path at the right going to the very back
May be Spring is coming but the soft light helps with color contrast of the very green grass and white litle flowers at the front
Good compositin, congrats
Didi (60590) 2014-02-26 11:26
Very good perspective between the graves and good lights ambiance
photoray (13981) 2014-02-26 14:41
Fine view of St. Michael's classical cemetery and ancient gothic church architecture, looking similar to a fortress. Your image details the rock textures explicitly and in natural coloring.
fritzi007 (11888) 2014-03-21 13:04
Perfect photo with high quality, congratulations!
Thanks for sharing.
adores (46305) 2014-03-24 16:08
A very beautiful shot, even if it is a cemetery! The quality is very good and the composition also, with the old tombstones and the little white flowers.
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (16412)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-22
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: NikonD300s, 17-55mm f/2.8 G DX
- Exposure: f/11, 1/25 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): West Devon Part 2 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-25 1:44