I have mentioned several times that I live currently in Middlesbrough, known as the worst place to live in the UK, but to be more precise I live in part of the town called Marton. Marton is famous for the fact that Captain James Cook was born here. In the exact place where he was born there is now a Captain Cook Birthplace Museum which is surrounded by one of the most beautiful parks in this area. I visit this park regularly as my daughter loves to feed animals there but I have never visited the museum. Recently I tried but it appeared to be closed for winter. In the park there is a huge map of the world with all Captain Cook’s travels well marked. You can walk on it following his adventures. There is also a replica of the statue from the Easter Island. Across the street from the park there is lovely St. Cuthbert’s church (in this photo) where Captain Cook was baptized in 1728. Obviously there are many more places which refer to this famous traveler and his past. Moreover, there are streets names which refer to Captain Cook travels, James Cook Primary School etc. My daughter was born in James Cook Hospital. May be she will become famous world traveler as well? Recently Marton has witnessed a visit of another well-known to you contemporary world traveler: emka. HERE she has presented a photo from Australia which refers to Captain Cook.
ABOUT CAPTAIN JAMES COOK
Captain James Cook (1728 – 1779) was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy. Cook made detailed maps of Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean, during which he achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia and the Hawaiian Islands, and the first recorded circumnavigation of New Zealand.
James Cook was born on 27 October 1728 in the village of Marton and baptised on 3 November in the local church of St. Cuthbert, where his name can be seen in the church register.
ABOUT ST. CUTHBERT’S CHURCH
The early years of Marton Church are shrouded in mystery. There is no record of its foundation, but there is evidence that it is 12th century Norman. At that time the overlords of the present Parish of Marton were the de Brus family, the most powerful Norman lords in North East Yorkshire; ancestors of Robert the Bruce of Scotland. They had founded Guisborough Priory in 1119, and succeeding generations of the family bestowed gifts of land and property on this and other religious houses in the area. The church at Marton was one of those gifts to Guisborough, given before 1187.
So it remained until 1540 when the Priory was dissolved by King Henry VIII, all the property belonging to the Priory reverting to the Crown. In 1545 the living of Marton was granted to the See of York where it remains to this day.
The church is dedicated to St. Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne and one of the most important Northern Saints, born about 634 who died in 687. His great personal achievements, coupled with the incorruption of his body for several hundred years ensured lasting fame. This popularity was further stimulated in 1104 when his body, still incorrupt, was translated to its purpose built resting place in Durham Cathedral and it was about this time when the Church was dedicated to his name.
In the 1840’s a major refurbishment took place, mainly financed by J.B. Rudd the local squire. A later pen portrait in the Parish magazine tells us that the Church was “restored, widened, and lengthened so that it became, from a little whitewashed, flat ceilinged, sash-windowed, dilapidated edifice with only two aisles and one transept, into the present beautiful building”.
Larger and sharper version HERE.
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batalay (35061) 2014-03-17 13:35
The first aspect of the photo I saw in the thumbnail version was the shadow of that dominant tree. The low angle of the sun certainly makes it ideal for photography. I never knew that Captain Cook was born in the town of Marton in Yorkshire. It's appropriate that there is a museum celebrating his life. In my recent post of Easter Island, I should have mentioned that in 1757 Captain Cook visited the island, but he was not much impressed — no provisions whatsoever for his ships. It's good to know that the famous 21st century traveler, Malgorzata, also visited Marton. She has seen more of the world than anyone else. I want to know her theory about the missing Malaysian airplane.
PaulVDV (21165) 2014-03-17 13:54
The contemporary greatest globetrotter is indeed Malgo ... and she plans to still visit many more places.
But you've also made an achievement having worked and lived in so many different countries.
Regarding the picture: the shadows of the trees and their branches make a fantastic foreground. They run so far, even on the facade and the roof of the church where they seem to continue in the trunks and the branches of the trees behind the church.
A very well composed image with beautiful natural colours.
Best regards, Paul
holmertz (38665) 2014-03-17 13:58
The bright sunshine chases the ghosts away, otherwise this could have been a rather spooky photo, considering the shadows of the trees stretching across the graveyard with its leaning old slabs, and creeping up the walls of the church. At night, with a full moon, this could definitely be a scary place :-). Some of those stones look like they could collaps any time, so please keep your daughter away from them.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-17 14:23
na Twoim zdjeciu to miejsce ma wiele uroku wbrew Twoim zapewnieniom o najgorszym miejscu w UK :-) Ciekawa historia i taka powiazana z TE poprzez podrozowanie.
Co do zdjecia, to podoba mi sie gra swiatla i cienie, ktora dodaje sporo uroku tej kompozycji a takze cieple kolory. Ladnie zaplanowna fotografia i ciekawie przedstawiona.
nikkitta (13953) 2014-03-17 14:52
Hope in TE there is not people from Middlesbrough to read your descriptions
Opss the shadows ar the right seem two arms up asking for help, with those at the back you obtained a personal view of the cementery, helped by a VERY BLUE SKY, as usual
Good note, read yours only
Only know about Capiran Cook being a traveler, now I know where he rest
Good work, congrats
lousat (73973) 2014-03-17 16:49
Hi Mariusz,great choice of the day and of the moment to take a pic from there,the shadow effects makes the difference,great capture of this interesting corner full of history,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
delpeoples (52777) 2014-03-17 17:08
What a lovely scene, I really like the effect of the trees and the shadows they have thrown against the ancient church. It had created a really particular atmosphere, just that little bit spooky. The light is magnificent and has illuminated the golden tones in the church so exquisitely. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day.
danos (84367) 2014-03-17 22:45
very nice presentation of this section of Cuthbert’s church where Captain James Cook baptised.I like the playfulness between the shados and the light.Excellent the light and the colour management with the clarity of the scene to be superb.
fabbs99 (16147) 2014-03-17 22:58
Excellent shot of the birthplace of Captain Cook.The man was really great and had a great contribution in traveling .Nice colors and excellent sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
Royaldevon (27585) 2014-03-18 3:20
Your notes tell us so much about the history of the area. It is like a history/photography lesson combined; excellent!
Churches are always interesting photographic subjects, they combine lovely architecture with history and mood/emotion. This is no different.
I like how you have included the path as a guide, though the tree shadows serve that purpose, too.
The tombstones help to set the mood, adding interest to the grassy area, before we reach the focal church. The church itself looks even older, as the shadows give the impression that it is being encased in the web of some gigantic spider.
Have a lovely day,
saxo042 (37058) 2014-03-18 4:43
The strong and distinct shadows add a good effect here. An interesting note for this attractive picture. Pleasant colours, you certainly had very fine weather this particular day.
Sergiom (56597) 2014-03-18 5:45
J'aime beaucoup le jeu des ombres et de la lumière dans cette composition.J'aime les traces qu'elles laissent au sol et qui guident le regard vers l'église en arrière plan.
sabermonajati (9023) 2014-03-18 6:43
the shadow of trees on church exist amazing composition and you captured excellent frame .
emka (75107) 2014-03-18 10:45
Haha, dzięki za taka reklame mojej osoby i zdjęcia :)). Jaką super miałeś tu pogodę, niebo bezchmurne i widzę ,że juz kwitna żonkile, moje ulubione kwiaty.
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Bardzo efektownie wyglądaja te długie cienie. Ładny stary kościół i lubię te angielski cmentarze, tak niepodobne do naszych.
Bardzo serdecznie pozdrawiam
World traveler emka
SnapRJW (30078) 2014-03-18 23:55
Hello Mariusz - I think the publishing of the 'fact' that Middlesborough is is the worst place to live in England is scandalous; talk about giving a town a bad name and how is going to attract investment and development when so labelled?
Your shot shows that it has charm and history (and nice weather too!) A spring time shot with the ubiquitous daffodils adding a delightful splash of colour. A pretty photograph and great note which helps to show that Middlesborough is not all bad!
jhm (136708) 2014-03-19 5:45
Thank you very much for your interesting note.
You play wonderful with light and shadows, about the cemetery.
Different monuments are a little bit diagonally, sunk by the age.
Excellent perspective and depth picture with pleasant original colours.
A nice composition, excellent captured.
Very well done, TFS.
ikeharel (54195) 2014-03-19 10:02
Old church with a history, Mariusz, and a wonderful sight upon: trees branchs added wonderful texture upon the edifice, and there is a fine view ofbthe two bells atop.
Fine shot and an interesting note.
Fis2 (83220) 2014-03-19 10:46
Piekne miejsce, wspanialy klimat.
Ciekawy kosciol i tablice nagrobne (moze to macewy?)
Znakomita kompozycja i kolory.
Fantastyczne cienie drzew.
Sonata11 (33203) 2014-03-19 13:56
Witaj Mariusz, pieknie wykonane zdjecie. Bardzo podoba mi sie ten koscolek. Panuje taki spokojny natsroj. Przyznam sie ze lubie takie miejsca gdzie mozna troche pomyslec o tych co odeszli. Bardzo ladna praca. Serdecznie pozdrawiam i zycze milego czwartku,
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-03-19 23:54
ciekawa ta architektura,swietnie wygladaja te cienie,ladny kadr,pozdrawiam
williewhistler (13125) 2014-03-20 5:04
that is a very interesting and informative note,there is something to learn every day on TE!
The bright low sun has certainly created some interesting shadows which you have used to very good effect as they lead nicely to the splash of golden daffodils and Church.
Best regards Les.
adramad (36297) 2014-03-20 5:59
Firstly my congratulations for the wonderful note where you describe your place of residence and interesting information about the church.
After congratulate you also for the proud POV of the same, with this angle allows us to see much of the building and the beautiful environment, both the trees like shadows of themselves give excellent graphics.
Gorgeous color, which gives a lot of strength to the image.
Very good brightness and perfect sharpness.
Well done. I love it.
Have a nice day.
tyro (19288) 2014-03-20 6:11
As always, you have given us a very well written and composed note about this place and Captain James Cook as well as a very fine photograph. What a wonderful thought too that your little daughter, having been born in James Cook Hospital, might become a great traveller too - I hope she takes after our friend Malgo and not James Cook who, unfortunately, met his end in Hawaii!
I think it is the lovely lighting and the strong shadows from the trees behind you that so much add to the appeal of this photograph. How clever not to include your own shadow too!
A very well composed shot with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Romano46 (16584) 2014-03-20 9:46
un tipico paesaggio inglese con la particolarità delle ombre lunghe che ben si addicono allo scenario fotografato, aumentrandone la suggestiva bellezza.
Ottima la composizione e la scelta del POV.
Eccellenti sia nitidezza che colori.
Ciao e buona serata
fritzi007 (3487) 2014-03-20 11:41
über James Cook habe ich viel gelesen, sehr gute Information und Fotographie!
macjake (54070) 2014-03-20 16:28
its really funny to hear the comparison between Captain Hook and Malgo!
Who would have thought we'd be putting those two names in the same sentence! haha
in this scene, i really like how the tombstones are slanted and bent forward, and of course the long shadows of the trees are cool too.
How did you manage to keep your OWN shadow out? did you clone it?
mcmtanyel (11621) 2014-03-20 19:54
Long shadows cast on the ground and the building are adding a curious excitement to the scene. The deep blue sky against the earth tones of the building look very pleasant. Great POV and DOF and a first rate note.
abmdsudi (41266) 2014-03-20 19:58
It does look like a nice peaceful place in mild colours and the olde worlde church and the graveyard really add atmosphere to the shot. Good control of lighting & the play of shadows but the sky sets off this image really well and also thanks for the description. I feel it makes such a difference that adds to the interest of the viewer. Well done, Tfs
Cricri (103101) 2014-03-22 9:54
Le jeu ombre donne une atmosphère encore plus particulière a cet endroit du silence, bon POV et couleurs, belle réalisation
tedesse (25047) 2014-03-27 17:18
Interesujace miejsce, pieknie pokazane w super kolorach.
Ja nie mialem takiego szczescia do pogody dokumentujac rownie interesujace miejsce, ktore mozna zobaczyc tutaj.
andywo (4723) 2014-04-01 11:38
Uwielbiam takie dlugie cienie kladace sie na trawie...
Swietne swiatlo i bardzo malowniczy kadr.
Interesujace miejsce, warto wiedziec skad pochodzi kpt.Cook.
Angshu (55035) 2014-04-01 23:01
A beautifully rendered picture! Actually the shadows from the FG lead us right into the picture and towards the church. The exposure is tricky and has been well done. Excellent picture, well done!
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (29760)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-16
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Hoya Pro PL
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-17 13:24