Monday, 15 August 2011

Mondaye Abbey

Saw some magical and almost theatrical effects of the light at Mondaye Abbey, near Calvados, in Normandy.   The blaze of light was so great that we almost felt that an angel must be inside the abbey, just out of sight, waiting to emerge and amaze those outside.  Or, if not an angel, at least a very large and imposing light. .




The brilliant light cast a semi circle onto the grass beyond



The ducks inside the abbey courtyard faced this way and that, casting shadows.




 

25 comments:

  1. These took my breath away. Fantastic!

    ReplyDelete
  2. The ray creates an interesting feel towards the photos. They look - mystical. Nice. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. Lovely photographs. It does appear that an angel will step through the arch at any moment, or is waiting for someone to step in.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Beautiful photos! I particularly like the first one. There's something mystical about it.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Looks like a moment of grace.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Very beautiful indeed. I do have a thing for doors and doorways, so the light coming through the arch truly appeals to me.

    ReplyDelete
  7. I agree with the magic of the photos, the light is amazing, it just creates an atmosphere...

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love these photos. Looks like sun is a hand reaching out to touch grass and ducks.

    ReplyDelete
  9. These photos are really gorgeous! I love that ethereal lighting, especially in the first photo.

    ReplyDelete
  10. The intensity of light in the top pic is astonishing. The sort of light you would only expect somewhere like Australia.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Lights give us hope and some signs.
    I like the way of your caputure of the coming light.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Brilliant and beautiful, but you don't give us the source of the light!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Fantastic photo's. It must have been truly magical to see the light in person.

    Darla

    ReplyDelete
  14. What stunning photos. A real delight for the eyes and soul. Especially for me in my busy days :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Actually Dave it was the sun, I don't understand how it was so bright and white and strong - maybe a peculiarity of the layout of the abbey buildings. It was quite remarkable to be there and see it. I wonder if it's always like that.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I love openings and gateways, I think it is the idea of looking through, almost like an image within an image.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Ooh, the way that sunlight comes streaming through your scenes. I'd like to try to paint that top one. Beautiful photography!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Louis Macnice's "Sunlight on the Garden" would be fitting here.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Such a beautiful atmosphere - you captured it all just perfectly too :D)

    ReplyDelete
  20. Well that's just the glow you get after drinking a glass of that delicious Calvados Pays d'Auge Grand Solage V.S.O.P.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Wonderful, and how lucky you were there to capture it.

    ReplyDelete
  22. You captured the light so magically here! Love this.

    I just noticed on your profile that you like the Studio Ghibli. I love anything Hayao Miyazaki does (at least, the several animated films I've seen).

    http://thefoolishaesthete.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete

Blog Archive