Standing Proud over looking the High Street of Lanark is William Wallace ..Carved into immortality on the walls of St Nicholas Church in Lanark.
I spent a wonderful few days with Dr John (aka Tyro) in his South Lanarkshire town of Lanark. A town steeped in Scottish fighting history and remembered for its son - William Wallace
Occassional good light gave us a few opportunities for photography- in this case I was not only lucky to shoot this image in dappled light, but a rare moment without traffice in a busy High Street
Quote from William Wallace website:
Willaim Wallace - The Man
A memorial stone in Lanark, on the site of the house William Wallace shared with his beloved wife Marion, states; “Here stood the house of William Wallace who in 1297 first drew sword to free his native land”. This statement, though true enough, is woefully inadequate and does nothing to convey the enormous impact of the chain of events started by Wallace in Lanark, in May 1297. Wallace had drawn his sword on many occasions prior to these events. Indeed, picking fights with English soldiers wherever and whenever he found them could well have been considered the young Wallace’s hobby! But after the brutal murder of his wife Marion, William Wallace, in his grief-stricken rage, embarked on a journey destined to light a burning ambition in the hearts and minds of the Scottish people to be free from the yoke of oppression. After Marion’s death at the hands of the English, setting Scotland free gave purpose to his life! More than that, Wallace inspired the people of Scotland, nobles and commoners alike, with hope and the belief that they could succeed! And succeed they did!
There are other great Scottish heroes and some who met with greater success than Wallace. Why then is William Wallace our single greatest hero? What makes this man our greatest icon? Not simply the film “Braveheart”! A wonderful film to be sure, a film that captures the spirit and strength of the Scottish people, but the film was made because the icon existed, not to create it! "Braveheart" was made because the story of Wallace inspired Randall Wallace, Mel Gibson and others. Wallace was and remains one of the most inspirational figures of all time! Why?
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ACL1978 (7507) 2013-02-04 16:12
Hello Rich - we're neighbors today. Nice shot of the church with its famous patron saint here; I like the way the light from its walls reflects on the brick below. A beautiful centerpiece for this small town.
tyro (20778) 2013-02-04 16:41
This is a wonderful memento of your visit to see us in Lanark! We really enjoyed your company and hope that you will return very soon - and taste some more "Scottish Tea" too!
The light here is, as you say, delightful and I am amazed that you managed to capture this one without any traffic or pedestrians in sight. And St. Nicholas Church looks very well in her new paint.
Lovely colours, perfect light, lovely reflections on the wet cobblestones, spot-on exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Haste ye back!
dta (68058) 2013-02-05 2:56
Hello Rich ,
A beautiful white church . An excellent moment to capture it : a bright interval , I suppose , and the wet pavement that catches the light and some reflections .
- Copyright: Rich Beghin (Ricx) (13495)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-01
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Cannon EOS 5D digital, Canon 24-70 2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-04 15:49