In the quest for photogenic treasures across the Scottish Borders participants of the TE meeting led by MJR found themselves in a well hidden village called Temple where a real treasure may be found, as explained in the note below. Immediately after arrival all present TE members spread across the field in the search of treasures.
History of Temple
In 1127, Hugues de Payens, the first Grand Master met with David I in Scotland, and was granted the lands of Balantrodach. In 1129, the Council of Troyes formally recognized the Order. Balantrodach became their principal Templar seat and Preceptory in Scotland until the suppression of the order between 1307 and 1312.
As Temple, being just to the South of the Firth of Forth, was an area of the country occupied by England at this time, Knights were prosecuted, but not all were found guilty. Nearby to the North, politics was even more on their side -- Robert the Bruce had been excommunicated, and so was not required to follow papal commands, and at war with England, it has been suggested he may have been welcoming to powerful and desperate allies.
Following 1312 and the Papal Bull entitled Ad providam, King Edward II of England abolished the Templars in both England and Scotland. According to the edict, all Knight Templar property was to be seized and handed over to the control of the Knights Hospitaller, who had a preceptory at Torphichen, although North of the Firth of Forth, Robert the Bruce, being under interdict at the time, was reluctant to do so.
Many Templar Knights may have assimilated within the Hospitallers. But it's not necessarily the case that the Templars everywhere, immediately ceased to be. Indeed, North of the Firth, in Scotland the Order combined with the Hospitallers and continued as The Order of St John and the Temple until the reformation.
Legend has it that treasure of the Knights Templar was removed secretly from Paris, to be hidden in Temple. A local legend states: 'Twixt the oak and the elm tree/You will find buried the millions free.' French legends about the Templar treasure apparently also state that the treasure was taken to Scotland, with the knights landing on the Isle of May, the first island they would encounter in the Firth of Forth. Geographically, this would take them to the mouth of the river Esk, which could take them on to Rosslyn...
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ikeharel (44321) 2013-11-03 1:16
Good morning Mariusz,
POV from above the trough with the church's ruins, well premeditated.
The roofless edifice and the ruins surround it, shown superbly, and the BG forest with the typical autumn colors is a fine decoration to the whole.
Have a nice Sunday,
Romano46 (11871) 2013-11-03 1:36
Straordinaria la composizione ed incredibili i colori.
La bellezza dell'autunno scozzese unito alla bellezza delle sue rovine in una foto di particolare nitidezza e dominata da una luce straordinaria.
Complimenti per l'eccellente risultato.
Ciao e buona domenica
brianmcc (5832) 2013-11-03 2:07
firstly your notes are superb and very informative. the templars always evoke a sense of mystery.
your positioning looking down along the graveyard towards the church is excellent and gives a great perspective on the scene. the detail you have captured is stunning, especially the stonework on the church. there is a great natural quality to the colours. you have used the filter well to get such superb results.
SnapRJW (23982) 2013-11-03 2:19
Good Morning Mariusz - I always like a good mystery and the one you share today is intriguing and you share a place that I have never heard of before. The old church is beautifully situated; down a slope it seems to be almost hidden from casual view. I love the way you have composed this shot; the ruin and nearby cottages are beautifully sharp and backed by a lovely autumn-coloured stand of trees. Seems you visited some good sites at the TE meeting. Have a lovely Sunday. Rosemary
PaulVDV (17485) 2013-11-03 2:54
You've very well used the small slope to get a better view over the graveyard and the ruins of the church.
The place looks well hidden by the surrounding forest.
Beautiful autumn colours make an attractive background.
Best regards, Paul
Noel_Byrne (13666) 2013-11-03 3:31
This downwards point of view on this place is superb and captured under such beautiful light, and autumn colors. The very word Templar summons up images of religious crusades, and mystery intrigue, and so too does your capture here. A beautiful ruin, and I love the surviving tracery in the windows!
Sergiom (45842) 2013-11-03 5:26
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue sur les ruines de cette église. Il ne lui manque qu'un toit pour reprendre fière allure, car elle est déjà belle avec cette forêt multicolore en arrière plan.
carlo62 (19729) 2013-11-03 5:53
gli splendidi colori autunnali circondano meravigliosamente questo interessante sito.
Molto bella la luce e il controllo delle due differenti situazioni.
Royaldevon (21661) 2013-11-03 8:19
Tales of the Knights Templar abound. Have you read 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail'? It's fascinating!
This is a good viewpoint set the ruined church in context and, also, let the slope of the hillside create a strong f/g triangle.
The light on the distant trees, lights up their autumnal colours and ensures that the viewers move through the frame, from the focal church.
Lovely details to interest using a good dof.
Have a lovely day,
Kamilutka (3738) 2013-11-03 9:21
Dobry wieczor :-)
no to ja sie udaje na poszukiwanie skarbu - i pomyslec ze bylam tak blisko.... Ladnie skomponowane zdjecie oddajace klimat Szkocji zarowno pod wzgledem architektury, jak i kolorystyki. Kolory soczyste i dobre swiatlo.
tyro (15817) 2013-11-03 9:24
This is a delightful photograph and far better than any which I took here. Despite the fact that the light was quite strong and there were a lot of strong contrasts, you have managed the light extemely well here and there's lots of details visible in the deepest shadows as well as in the brightest parts.
Your composition is both excellent and pleasing and both the line of the steep bank and the arrangement of the gravestones concentrate the eye on the beautiful little ruined church.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquiiste details and sharpness.
A fascinating and well researched note too!
P.S. Thanks so much for making up a little TE "group theme" too!
Glint (5953) 2013-11-03 10:51
You have chosen an excellent pov for this well composed image. Nice light and colours and you have even managed to find some blue in the sky!
I am pleased that the TE meet went well and that that you all had a good time. I had hoped to be there but was unable to make it.
bartekp (4668) 2013-11-03 11:34
Takie miejsca mają swój niepowtarzalny klimat, i wbudzają wyobrażenia o Średniwieczu. Bardzo dobrze przedstawiłeś świątynię, choć w tym miejscu nie jest to łatwe-udało się schować niepasujące do epoki zabudowania. Szkoda że słońce było nisko i nie oświetliło całego obiektu.
Dobry kadr i duży plus za ciekawy opis.
mesutilgim (73164) 2013-11-03 12:35
Your pov here ise a lecture for all of us ! It's by far better than any other frontal capture, as you can see here the main subject almost with a 3 D effect.
Good TE entry with many good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards
Fis2 (77174) 2013-11-03 13:29
Widze, ze nie tylko u nas sa ruiny...
Bardzo ciekawe i tajemnicze zapewne miejsce.
Ladnie skomponowany kadr i kolorystyka.
Lubie takie klimaty.
danos (78330) 2013-11-03 21:40
nice the panoramic view of the area with the side walls of the temple to stand perfect except the roof that has collapsed.I like the brilliant light and colour management as the excellent presentation.
Have a good week,Danos
timecapturer (37412) 2013-11-04 2:39
this looks beautiful. There is something poignant and fascinating about a ruined place of worship and in this autumnal setting that atmosphere is just so much more palpable. Execution and presentation flawless as always. Love it!
Have a good week - Brian.
mjw364 (6142) 2013-11-04 7:15
Well composed shot with nice autumnal colours. I like how it fades from dark to light from left to right too. Good use of the monolith as FG interest and the bank of the hill forms a natural line into the shot.
abmdsudi (32717) 2013-11-04 8:14
I really like this, it jumped out at me from the thumbnail. The composition is perfect with the tombstones leading the eye down the slope into main focal surrounded by such a lovely and tranquil rural scene. A shot with lots of interest, and tx to your lengthy infor notes, as my eye is immediately dragged all over the place. The ruins, touch of autumnal colours. sky and warm catch light, really blend so well together. A picture with great depth and perspective in excellent rich tones and all the right elements are here to transform this hidden treasure into a grand historical image. An awesome shot so well shot, Congrats
Ps: thks to your postive encouraging notes, much appreciated.
Graal (92308) 2013-11-05 0:31
interesujace miejsce z ruinami i starym cmentarzyskiem. Nasuwa sie refleksja, ze nie tylko u nas wszystkie starocie nie sa odbudowywane. Bdb jakosc zdjecia. Interesujaca notka.
macjake (45832) 2013-11-05 4:16
I find it funny and curious how you all took photos of these subjects yet nobody captured another TE member in the scene :)
where is everyone?
lovely photo here Mariusz
what a sweet looking skyline, with that pale blue and the hint of red autumn leaves in the distance.
super compo too.
love the overall lighting and ambiance.
I here you're going to be meeting Malgo for the first time soon! :)
adramad (31151) 2013-11-05 6:24
Another wonderful composition, with these impressive ruins gothic, surprisingly, the small church has that window as impressive and beautiful as well, the environment is certainly gorgeous, with all the trees you saw their most beautiful autumnal colors.
Very good image quality, sharpness is also great.
Very good job.
Enjoy a happy day.
nikkitta (9179) 2013-11-05 11:34
Fascinating note about ( to me) the muisterious templars and their treasure
Like the original diagonal perspective you choose for this capture, reading the comments it works well
Good mix of architecture and autumn colors
Like cementeris and their atmosphere
Already comented your touristic photo of a tango
It seems you are not politically correct ( note about my tango capture)
emka (64492) 2013-11-06 23:33
Mam straszne zaległości w krytykach i jakoś mi słabo idzie ich odrabianie.
troche szkoda, ze nie pokazałeś w Workshopie zdjecia przed wyklonowaniem poszukiwaczy skarbów. Rzeczywiście fajne miejsce, zawsze opłaca sie spotkać z Trekkersami, bo mozna zobaczyc cos niezwykłego :). Pięknie pokazane te ruiny, cmentarz i jesienny las. Wyobrażam sobie, jaka tam była radość. Przypomniał mi sie Pan Samochodzik i templariusza, ulu biona lektura całej rodziny wiele lat temu.
Dziwisz sie, że plotki szybko sie rozchodzą, ale ten post na Forum miał ponad 60 obejrzeń. To wcale nie moja wina :).
Didi (51415) 2013-11-07 23:42
Very nice dominant point of view on the old temple
Lights and shades are very well balanced
An interesting story
Cricri (92527) 2013-11-10 9:39
J'aime le POV, la vue sur l'église en ruine et les pierres tombales sous un beau tapis vert, de jolies couleurs d'automne sur la foret en arrière plan, belle présentation et note
adores (30975) 2013-11-15 13:23
I'm sure you had a great meeting, this village seems a fantastic place for that! So beautiful and full of history. This is a beautiful ruin surrounded by the cemetery that adds a lot of atmosphere to the place. A great pov and light! Good quality shot!
delpeoples (48886) 2013-11-20 3:35
Hi dear Mariusz
It seems you've found the Holy Grail! What an amazing set of ruins, and what an excellent high POV you got. As usual the definition and light management are spot on. Your title really fires the imagination, knights Templar, crusades and the search for treasure. Great work.
Thanks for sharing
s_lush (16062) 2013-11-23 10:45
Position of these picturesque ruins at the border between shadowy and lit with sunlight parts of the composition highlights their historic appearance and makes retrospective view of the place looking more expressive. Good point of view, propitious light, beautiful colors of autumn, interesting and, as usual, nice foreground and perfect quality!
jemaflor (74340) 2013-12-02 23:28
Good pov and interesting depth result with this Fg, nice tones between green grass and fall tones for these trees, tfs.
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (27187)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-27
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Cokin Grad ND8
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): TE Meeting Peebles 2013 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-03 1:02