Yesterday we had some fantastic cloud formations as you can see here.
This is Parham Church in Suffolk along with a neighbouring Mock Tudor house, I like the contrast in size and colours.
Parham has no pub, but it does have a fascinating church. The heart of the village, pronounce Parrum, is not far off the busy road which connects Framlingham to the A12, and the church is set in a little dip with ancient houses in attendance. It dates from a major rebuilding of the late 14th Century. You enter the churchyard by a pretty thatched lychgate in the north-west corner, and the graves sprawl away south and eastwards, an attractive but particularly uneven and bumpy graveyard.
At first sight, the most striking feature of the exterior of the church is the large niche on the western face of the tower. It probably held a rood group, the crucifixion in the middle, with John the Evangelist and Mary the Mother of God on either side. You can see that it would have had a most elaborate canopy. The eastern buttresses of the tower are parallel to the tower eastern face and there are no battlements on the tower, making it seem rather severe, especially with the low nave roof. The nave windows are tall and stately, making the church seem rather bigger than it actually is. There was a big refurbishment a hundred years later, hence the large window beneath the niche, and the grand north porch, now a vestry.
Unusually for Suffolk, you enter the church from the west, beneath the gallery. The interior is surprisingly spacious, given that there are no aisles. The building is full of light - there is very little coloured glass, and the dado panels of the rood screen were removed in the 1880s, leaving just the tracery painted in a gay red and green. It gave Cautley the horrors, and even made Mortlock tut, but I rather like it. The whole building has a sense of space because of it, unusual in a church so comprehensively restored in the 1880s. The reredos beyond is a simple and seemly structure, a cobbling together of 17th century woodwork with a picture of the Last Supper in the Russian style. I would have liked to have known where it came from. Above it is some good 15th Century glass, albeit restored. Four angel musicians in the upper tracery look on with the serious faces of that century. Info Suffolk Church's.
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Nicou (142048) 2014-03-23 2:21
Quel panorama sueprbe vue et compo la maison blanche à gauche ressort de cet ensemble végétatif et le château à droite quel ensemble.
Bravo et amitié
dta (78000) 2014-03-23 3:01
Hello Iain ,
After a few weeks without beautiful clouds , they have came back ! In my region , too . An excellent opportunity to take a picture of these two attractive buildings in a fine composition dominated by the superb sky .
snunney (99000) 2014-03-23 3:24
East Anglia is famous for its churches and justly so as your splendid composition shows. Juxtaposing church and houses was a very good idea producing an image of unusual contrasts. That wonderful cloud sewn sky engenders a particular light and contributes much to the mood of the image. Top class technical presentation. Thanks also for the very interesting note. Have a great Sunday.
dip (23888) 2014-03-23 4:13
beautiful presentation of church and house under an amazing sky,
very well captured,
beautiful saturated colors and excellent exposure as well!
cornejo (42291) 2014-03-23 5:24
Hi Lain, very good picture of this beautiful and interesting composition in the natural beauty of the place, nicely captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
mesutilgim (95248) 2014-03-23 11:06
Small but beautiful.
Nice photogenic sky as background and very good sharpness.
Many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
PaulVDV (29017) 2014-03-23 11:41
The light is very beautiful: on the church, on the trees and in the sky.
Regarding the white house: I think that it's probably painted very recently. Or is it the contrast with the dark trees left of it? Anyway, I've never seen a house so brilliant white.
Best regards, Paul
boa (7375) 2014-03-23 13:08
it seems like Spring will arrive this year also:)I like this idyllic scene from the English countryside. Much history and a scene that have not changed a lot during the past century. Excellent exposure with pleasant light and colors, well done!
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-03-23 14:50
une très belle lumière et un superbe ciel sur ce joli paysage. Une belle capture.
williewhistler (16394) 2014-03-23 15:03
I do like the panoramic format where you have taken full advantage of a lovely light to give this nicely balanced scene lots of interest and drama-that sky is gorgeous.
Thanks for an enthralling note.
All the best Les.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-24 3:04
Hello Iain - A fine English country church which sits so well in a lovely landscape. Your framing is super as I like the inclusion of the mock Tudor house surrounded by the trees. The light is lovely with good contrasting areas of shadow and sunlight.
In total a super shot!
ourania (45404) 2014-03-24 11:23
this is a beautiful picture, you really made the most of the scenery, the interesting sky, the light and the colours. I like very much how the scenery extends along the panoramic frame, the sense of depth is superb and your composition gives the impression of a dialogue between the white house and the antique church that lies beside it. I appreciate very much the subtlety of the details and the exquisite definition of the clouds. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
abmdsudi (54055) 2014-03-24 23:34
Delightful image of this delicate and peaceful countryside, lovely light, freshness to the colours and very good detail. Wonderful shot that gives the impression of space of the scene and the frame makes us concentrate onto the main interests; the old church and the contrasty white house. Indeed a classic English country side well captured, the brilliant blue sky and cloud formation are the icing on the cake. Delicious shot! Congrats
Didi (60588) 2014-04-03 9:51
Beautiful landscape with a very nice lights ambiance
Interesting spotlight on the white house
pili51 (1853) 2014-04-05 12:37
I agree, these clouds were deserving a photo, and you did it. But the green meadow, the white house with its red rooftop, and the amazing architecture of the church, they are a few elements that add a good aesthetic quality into your composition.
I like the result of your work, it's great.