Contemplating the Natural World

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“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement;

the greatest source of visual beauty;

the greatest source of intellectual interest.

It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”

David Attenborough

 

Eternal Romance

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“Burning sun, shimmering moon,

Creation in motion.

Sunbeams, warming the land,

Giving light to the earth.

And softer gleams – moonbeams –

Dancing the night away

Beneath a midnight sky.

Shyly retreating as night draws to a close

And the sun yawns on another day.

Regal sun, romantic moon,

In an everlasting love affair.

Destined not to be together –

Until the universe disappears

And they meld back together into the void,

Reunited at last, for an eternity.”

♥♥♥

Photos taken at Black Rock Beach, North-West Wales.

Monochrome Magic

Valle Crucis Abbey
The Haunted Abbey: Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen, N Wales
Out of the Mists of Time
Out of the Mists of Time: St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
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Poor Dead Tree, Trawsfynydd Lake, N Wales

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”

Rumi

Three of the photos from my Open University Portfolio. 

The Digital Photography Course was the foundation for my photographic journey, which began in 2012

Explore, Dream, Discover

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The Harbour, Rhos on Sea, N Wales

“Twenty years from now,
you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do,
than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbour,
catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore, dream, discover!”
Mark Twain

An Oasis of Tranquillity in Moss Valley

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“Let the beauty we love be what we do.

There are hundreds of ways to kneel & kiss the ground.”

Rumi

Images:  Moss Valley, Wrexham © Isabella Rose Photography

Welsh Castles: Caernarfon Castle

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERACaernarfon Castle is a medieval fortress in Caernarfon, Gwynydd, North-West Wales.

King Edward Ist of England conquered Wales in 1277 and set about fortifying the rebellious area of  North Wales. He began work on the strategically important Caernarfon Castle in 1283, when the Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, mounted an uprising.

The site enabled Edward to control traffic along the Menai Strait – a very important objective for his continued supremacy in the area.

There was a motte-and- bailey castle [a fortification with a wooden or stone keep, situated on a raised earthwork called a motte, accompanied by an enclosed courtyard, or bailey, surrounded by a protective ditch and palisade] in the town of Caernarfon from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward began replacing it with the current stone structure. The Edwardian town and castle acted as the administrative centre of North Wales and as a result the defences were built on a grand scale.

There was a deliberate link with Caernarfon’s Roman past – nearby is the Roman fort of Segontium – and the castle’s walls are reminiscent of the Walls of Constantinople.

Caernarfon Castle was neglected until the 19th century when the state funded repairs. It is part of the World Heritage Site “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd“.

In 1911, Caernarfon was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales for the first time. He later became King Edward V111. In 1969 the precedent was repeated with the investiture of  Charles, Prince of Wales.

Caernarfon castle is a beautiful castle and well-worth a visit.  

I AM Upholding You

 

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A Message to my Heart:

“Attune yourself to the Beauty and Peace which are present in Nature.

Life already flows in Perfection. Allow yourself to be embraced within Her arms.

Ask and you shall receive.  Knock and it shall be opened unto you.

You are essence of Spirit, and as such are bound to Me for all Eternity.

I will nurture you.  I will cherish you.

Balance and Harmony are intrinsic within My Creation.

Fall naturally into that Flow of Goodness.

Allow yourself to be upheld, for –

I AM upholding you.”

Images: Last vestiges of Autumn at Moss Valley, North Wales,  November 2013