Good Morning Everyone,
You may think this a curious title but it fits in with a rhyme about magpies - ' 7 for a secret never to be told' and this was my 7th shot in Dawyck Gardens; the secret of the hidden chapel seemed never to be told, hidden, as it was in the vegetation and locked from public view.
Besides trees, the chapel is surrounded by a fence with ancient stone steps to its locked gate. Curiously the steps do not lead to the chapel's door but to the side of the building. This may be because it was demolished in the 19th century and rebuilt on the site.
The chapel still contains a probable medieval font, and the chapel bell which is said to carry a date of 1642, being recast in 1791.
It is completely private, used as a mausoleum for the family that owns Dawick House.
The Botanical Gardens at Dawyck which surround the chapel and are on the edge of Dawyck House, contain some amazing trees, planted to make the most of their scale and origins.
My photograph was taken to include the autumnal trees and exclude the sky which was an uninteresting grey!
Have a lovely day, Bev :-)
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lousat (77786) 2013-11-03 2:05
Hi Bev,a beautiful and original capture whit the colors of autumn as a natural frame to the chapel,so hidden in a metaphore of its secrets,great composition whit fine details everywhwere,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
mesutilgim (85266) 2013-11-03 2:07
Amazing end summer scenery perfect captured !
Very good layout and interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
snunney (84732) 2013-11-03 2:38
Your title is intriguing as is the story behind this chapel, of which we catch a glimpse through the autumn vegetation. The light and colours are superb and you were quite right to exclude as much of the lacklustre sky as possible. I wish you a pleasant Sunday, hoping the weather is better than here.
Gigidusud (16289) 2013-11-03 2:53
Une jolie petite chapelle nichée au milieu d'une belle végétation aux couleurs automnales. Un titre bien choisis aussi, Bravo!
Noel_Byrne (24828) 2013-11-03 3:05
I think the grey sky suits this secretive subject well, especially when you have the Autumnal explosion there to provide all the color we can eat! A beautiful viewpoint on this little chapel, it does seem like a very secretive place, and that makes it all the more interesting. Funny how we always want what we should not have :)
Thanks as always
ikeharel (58063) 2013-11-03 3:31
Autumn colors superbly composed, Bevely, unless written - I would not consider the grey sky mentione.
The chapel within is almost hidden with the lavish vegetation surround.
Fine shot, autumn offer great harmony of changing tones.
Nice week ahead,
Sergiom (61034) 2013-11-03 5:09
Difficile à atteindre cette chapelle et aussi difficile à photographier à travers toute ces branches feuillues .L'arbre tout en rouge est superbe et pousse le regard au loin. Le cadrage serré est excellent.
carlo62 (33709) 2013-11-03 5:45
mi sono perso molte delle tue ultime foto e mi dispiace.
Cerco di rimediare subito facendoti i complimenti per questa bella idea e bella realizzazione, piacevole composizione dai colori magnifici, con l'intrusione del particolare della facciata.
Un caro saluto
ChrisJ (99072) 2013-11-03 8:18
Looks a little like the setting described in Jane Eyre. Good sharpness and wonderful Autumn colours of green, red and gold and a wise decision to hide as much of the white featureless sky as possible. The red tree resembles Japanese Maple (or is) Tfs!
Nicou (123102) 2013-11-03 8:24
quel rouge en premier plan sur le beau buisson sueprbe captage et vue un tunnel de végétation et cachée en fond cette chapelle sueprbe compo et iamge.
saxo042 (37578) 2013-11-03 8:58
A very colourful picture, this is like an impressionistic painting. Almost a pointillistic technique with all these small dots of paint all over. The foreground red dots forms a very clear diagonal across the composition. Very attractive!
tyro (20690) 2013-11-03 9:21
So you did make it to Dawyck Gardens! And your picture has made me realise that I really must go and visit this little jewel which is almost on our own doorstep! If the winds keep away for a day or two (and the autumn leaves don't all blow off the trees), it might just be the thing to do in the coming week.
This is a beautifully composed shot in which we catch a little peek of the lovely little private chapel through some glorious autumnal colours. That Japanese maple must really be the "star of the show" here with its gorgeous red foliage dominating the foreground. We had one of those in our back garden but some evil grey squirrels stripped it of its bark and it died.
Gorgeous light and colours, bang-on exposure and excellent details and sharpnness.
danos (87407) 2013-11-03 21:43
the hidden chapel was shot drom a well balanced POV with the dense Autumn leaves to create the perfect foreground.I like the light and colour management as the beauty of the Botanical gardens at Dawyck.
Have a good week,Danos
Romano46 (18466) 2013-11-04 1:30
mio piace molto la composizione che, in una bella successione di verdi e di rossi che si susseguono l'uno su l'altro svela l'architettura che si cela dietro di essi.
Ciao e buona settimana
timecapturer (49278) 2013-11-04 2:43
delightful autumnal shot this. The trees are the stars but with the little chapel nestled in the distance the result is both compelling and irresistible. Love it!
Have a good week - Brian.
mkamionka (30694) 2013-11-04 3:00
I see you managed to visit the Botanical Gardens but it was the day after I left. I am sorry you may have visited it may be sooner if I did not disturb you, but I appreciate you taking me back to the Peebles as my return became nice and easy. I managed to pass all the small and poorly lit roads before it became dark.
Great autumnal decoration here with the intense red tree in the foreground. The building seems indeed to be hidden among the variety of vegetation.
Very well seen and captured.
I am very much surprised with the high quality of your shots as you had just a small camera. Sometimes good eye means more than a professional equipment.
Kugart (1778) 2013-11-05 1:05
Lovely autumnal scene with the little chapel just poking through the little gap in the trees. Nice low POV and the different colours on the trees almost make the shot 3-D like do you not think? Good choice leaving as much of the grey sky out as this may have spoiled this effect a bit. Very nice.
Silvio1953 (123333) 2013-11-05 11:39
Ciao Bev, fascinating composition with fantastic autumnal colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
macondo (18623) 2013-11-07 2:14
John's note accompanying his shot of the same garden had a link to this one. So very different from his, and yet very beguiling. It's the way the chapel peeks out from between the foliage, set well back beyond the superb Autumn tones of the foreground trees. I like the title, and the explanation in your note. I think the idea of a 'secret' suits this photo very well, as if the chapel were indeed a secret to be discovered.
annjackman (19897) 2013-11-09 5:07
This is a very good view of the hidden chapel and especially nice with the red leaves in the FG. I see that you took this the day we left Peebles - we went to Rosslyn and it was closed because of a power cut!
Very well composed shot and I like your note too.
Kind Regards, Ann
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (30145)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-28
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G12
- Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): TE Meeting Peebles 2013 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-03 2:01