Saturday, November 19, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadowy worship









Shadow Shot Sunday returns amid this cold autumn morn. Underneath a sunny and clear and brilliantly blue sky, a day to admire and dress warmly. 

Granted, these temps seem chilly now (36°F / 2°C) but balmy if on a day in mid-January. I guess it takes awhile for us to adapt to the seasonal changes...

The stone subject is Christ Episcopal Church in Ansonia. This house of worship dates back to its Anglican roots as far back as 1737. This building, the latest in the parish lineage itself was completed in 1896.The outside structure was constructed in granite from Ansonia and graystone from New Jersey.

The always lovely Patti was on a 
story assignment today, covering a local third-grade class program at the church, and since I was not working today, I drove.

As I am height challenged, I commissioned Patti to take a few shadowy photos - a nice day made even nicer with shadows. The fine detailing is from a time long gone. The gothic arches over windows and doors are classic, the granite nicely delineating the stained glass from the stone.

The neatest detail sits at the top of the bell tower, and these are gargoyles. The mythical stone creatures seem to aim toward the four corners of the world from their perch located above South Cliff Street. Great shadows from a great building!

27 comments:

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Shadowy worship is fine, I suppose, as long as it's not the worship of shadows!

I HAVE A LITTLE SHADOW

I have a little shadow that always follows me;
My shadow is my best friend, as anyone can see.

No matter where my feet go, my shadow’s always there—
Except, of course, at midnight with darkness everywhere!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Sunflower Shadows

A Wild Thing said...

Sad to see the leaves all gone, but great for shadow on such a grand old structure. The gargoyles are a great touch, thanks for reminding me I need to order some for the shop...and perhaps my lil' shack of oddities...LOL!

You and Patty have a great Sunday in spite of the cold!

Sylvia K said...

Such beautiful blue skies, Ralph! Terrific shadow shots for the day! We still have leaves, colored and green on some trees, but it is 32 degrees right now, so I expect them to disappear soon. It has been a beautiful fall though! Hope you have a lovely weekend! Stay warm!

Sylvia

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Pretty old church...I love the tower. You're right Ralph...this cold does take some getting used to!

Ms. Becky said...

I love shadows on stone. your shots are splendid Ralph. our temps here have fallen into the 40's but that's the direction the parade is headed, so I'll just let my hot coffee keep me warm. happy SSS to you.

frayedattheedge said...

What a beautiful old church - it wouldn't look out of place over here! Fabulous blue skies ..... I don't mind bright cold weather - it's grey skies that get me down!

sarayutouched said...

the brillant blue sky backdrop is stunning against this building. i agree with frayed give me cold bright weather anyday. great shadows ralph!!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Dear Ralph I think you know which one od these pictures I am goiing to say I love the best .. gargoyles will always win hands down with me .. and these are wonderful to see guarding the tower as they do !
Perfect !
Joy

Dianne said...

the shadows are even more lovely against the old stone
beautiful

Sarah said...

I love how gargoyles are up high and you have to crane your neck to get a look at them. Churches make such good shadow shot subjects-the angles and decoration are so good for it! It was sunny here today too but far too warm for this time of year!

LV said...

Those churches are awesome and make perfect shadows.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Love the shadows against the stone, and the sky is so blue.

Ann said...

Such a beautiful church. The shadows of the trees on the stone is very pretty.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Wonderful tones in this beautiful chruch! Fascinating old building! Impressive attention to detail!

Paula Scott said...

Argh! i was on the road when I posted this and did not realize that post intended was still in draft format!
Here's the REAL SSS post:

http://pmondoy.blogspot.com/2011/11/shadow-of-your-shadow.html

So, in case you were wondering where my SSS was...

Another beautiful church with its stately shadows. So much character and history!

Hey Harriet said...

That's such a grand looking church and all the more striking with those dramatic shadows! Beautiful post Ralph. Keep warm with those temp changes!

Enjoy your weekend!

Kelly said...

What a lovely church and I just LOVE the gargoyles!! There's just something about old churches, monastaries, castles, etc. that I really like. Such beautiful architecture.

Carole Meisenhelter said...

lovely shadow shots and you have to marvel at the old artisans who built these wonderful churches and cathedrals around the world. Without the machinery of today....you have to wonder how did they achieve what they did.

Catherine said...

love the contrast of the stonework, shadows and crisp blue skies....

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Love the towers!! The structure has a great medieval 'feeling' to it. Not only that, but I'm sure there is a lot of history. Great Shadows.

BLOGitse said...

Five weeks and it's Winter Solistice, can't wait!
Beautiful shots with really blue sky.
Have a good week ahead!

Genie said...

The church stones make for the perfect shadow maker. The light was perfect. We Episcopalians love our red doors, and I see this church has one, too. Such a pretty post. genie

chubskulit said...

That's a beautiful structure Ralph! Happy Thanksgiving!

Jeanette said...

Your shadows this week are wonderful. The church makes such a wonderful background for shadows, as your pictures show. The older churches have such wonderful details, from the stained glass windows to the patterns in the building themselves to the decorations added to them, (like the Gargoyles). I love seeing them and, of course, capturing them in photos!

Sam said...

I love the pale light in these photos! It leaves a very pretty shadow across the church stone work. That church is old! Very lovely shots Ralph!

Life Mix said...

Visiting here from SS, Happy Thanksgiving in advance

Cassie said...

Great,stone ShadowShots. Not much compares to the old edifices of the NorthEast, where our history began. Sadly, the town I came from in PA ripped down many of the older buildings in the name of progress many years ago. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the lovely Patti and the kiddos!!