Black and White Sunday – The Cathedral

For this Traces of the Past, I recently spent a bit of time on a rainy day in the Cathedral Church of Christ the King in my town of Grafton NSW Australia. The Cathedral was finished in 1884. Originally there was a small wooden church on the site built in 1842. The Cathedral is in a great green space in the heart town with the bell tower ringing out the time, a tradition I love.

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The hand carved foundations made of sandstone
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This side of the Cathedral has lots of lichen
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The northern face. You can see the two halves of the church in the roof line where the second part was added
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Looking toward the front door and the white roses in the garden.
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Looking towards the old bell tower
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Looking along the aisle to the back of the Cathedral
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The pews have been replaced by comfortable chairs with cushions
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Some of the old pews have been retained
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The old wooden seats in the front of the cathedral have been kept as well but with cushions added for the comfort of the cathedral officials.
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There are many parts of the Cathedral that have been kept in good order
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The font in front of the dedication to the Indigenous history of the Clarence Valley.
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The ceiling is wonderful highlighting the history of the Valleys timber history
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One of the brick arches that support the structure
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The back of the Cathedral where you can see the shapes of the stained glass windows
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Looking inside. Aren’t the lights lovely
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A bit of selective colour
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I couldn’t not show you the colour version
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And of course I also had to include a bit of the nature who live around the Cathedral. You will always see a Skink or two on the walls.
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Hope you enjoyed a look around the Cathedral in my town.

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Black & White Sunday: Shapes

I have many bird photos. One photo was a bird against the sky and was silhouette like. This led me to take some of my colour bird photos, convert to black and white. From there the process was to draw around the outlines in black, fill the bits that weren’t black enough and the white was recoloured whiter.

I hope you enjoy the Shapes slideshow of my Bird Silhouettes

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Thank you Paula for a great theme for Black & White Sunday

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Black & White Sunday: Ceiling

I couldn’t go past the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona for my fab ceiling photos. OK I couldn’t stop at one for the Lost in Translation black and white photo challenge Ceiling

One of my favourite buildings in the world. Gaudi is amazing with his vision for a fantastic building.
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I am sure some of you would like to see the colour versions too
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Black & White Sunday: Traces of the Past

I like the Traces of the Past photo challenge as I try to find subjects that may be a bit different. Follow the link to see other bits and pieces of the past that great photographers conjure up.

My Trace of the Past was found during an Angourie Dunecare revegetation and site clean up. One of the volunteers found a handbag discarded under a shrub covered in vegetation and sand. The handbag had been there for quite a number of years. Upon opening the old handbag, they discovered the contents was more or less intact despite being in the harsh conditions for almost 40 years. One of the volunteers managed to track down the owner who said the handbag was stolen from their car while they were at the beach during their honeymoon. She asked if her engagement ring was still in there. Unfortunately the ring and money which was in her purse were gone.

Have a look at the contents and see how many things you can name?

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Black & White Sunday: Headshot

Paula has picked Headshot for this photo challenge.

Meet Brendan, the Brush Turkey who loves to eat Pecans. He comes into the yard and is not afraid of people but will make sure you don’t get too close.
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I thought you would also like to see what Brendan looks like in colour.
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Black & White Sunday – Maternal

The Fig Bird tending her nest among the Jacaranda blossoms

Checking on the nest before she settles down

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Keeping an eye on me

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Time to sit

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This is the colour version with the male Fig Bird on the nest

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See more great photos on Lost in Translations Black & White Sunday

Darkness and Light

Black and White Sunday: Darkness and Light

Black and white images have always been part of my photographic life. When I was in my early teens my first cameras, (one was called a Snappy Camera) were always loaded with black and white film as we couldn’t afford to buy and process colour film. I wish I knew where those photos are now.

I sometimes switch my camera into monochrome when I find a subject that I feel would be great in black and white, especially photographing subjects from the past. Other times I take a colour photo and manipulate it, such as my silhouettes of birds in a previous blog.

I love the moon. It gives me a good feeling when it is full and bright.

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I also love taking photos of flowers, their colour, their shape, their form but flowers can also look stunning in black and white.

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The photo of the old letterbox is one of my favourites. I must admit that I manipulated the photograph to get the effect I wanted.

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I am enjoying the photo challenges.

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