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Holyrood Rowan

By pamelajean
Still in Southampton, these 2 image (taken from slightly different angles) were taken at Holyrood Church, which I have featured before.

After destruction by bombing in 1940 the ruins of the church were restored and dedicated as a memorial to Merchant Navy seafarers, and scheduled as an ancient monument, now known as “The Church of The Sailors”.

Mythology and symbolism:-
The colour red was considered to be the best colour for fighting evil, and so the rowan, with its bright red berries, has long been associated with magic and witches.
In Ireland it was planted near houses to protect them against spirits, and in Wales rowan trees were planted in churchyards. Cutting down a rowan was considered taboo in Scotland.

Thank you for looking, for your interest, your comments, votes and awards on my Clematis.


Tags: Church Window Architecture Southampton Arch Hampshire Red berries Mountain ash Sorbus aucuparia c1160 witch wiggin tree

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dudler Plus
16 986 1537 England
17 Oct 2018 4:54PM
A shot with a lot of depth to it, Pamela...

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NDODS 9 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2018 5:36PM
An image worthy of a second glance.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
franken Plus
17 5.0k 4 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2018 6:30PM
Both are very nice, Pamela.

saltireblue Plus
9 9.9k 38 Norway
17 Oct 2018 6:37PM
My nearest nabour for a few years when I worked in the office block next door. Always enjoyed eating lunch there in the summer...

17 Oct 2018 7:34PM
Stunning captures, Pamela.
Perfectly presented.
JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2018 7:51PM
A beautiful archway and view therein to set off those lovely berries
17 Oct 2018 8:06PM
Two gorgeous images. It's remarkable how the red stands out to such an extent that it appears 3D. In some ways it takes me back to the old days of Kodachrome 25 slide film; the reds in particular seemed to hover above the surface of the slide when looked at in a slide viewer. (That was in the days when I wore a stove pipe hat and a frock coat!).
bricurtis Plus
14 2.3k 50 England
17 Oct 2018 8:21PM
Lead image for me - those berries really ' pop ' out of the composition.
I see you got a magpie in the scene too.Smile
Mollycat Plus
6 21 2 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2018 9:16PM
Wonderful looking lead Pamela. When I was in the scouts in the early '50s we would parade there on Remembrance Sunday.
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LynneJoyce Plus
11 22 100 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2018 2:44AM
Love the way that the red berries stand out against the gentle colours of the church building.
MaryFaith 5 59 New Zealand
18 Oct 2018 3:22AM
Wonderful composition and great texture Pamela Smile
18 Oct 2018 3:45AM
Here I thought This tree was named after Rowan Atkinson , until upon closer inspection realized it was what we call a mountain ash in North America .
All kidding aside this is a beautiful composition Pamela.
Cheers Walt
CaroleS Plus
9 440 3 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2018 10:26AM
A well chosen pov in the lead, those red berries show up so well against the colour of the stone work.
18 Oct 2018 10:40AM
Good composition, those berries make the foreground interest so well & create depth to the images, Pamela
TrevBatWCC Plus
11 13 13 England
18 Oct 2018 11:45AM
Two very lovely captures Pamela - can't choose a fave, so half a vote for each! 👍😉
Trev 😀
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2096 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2018 7:15PM

Quote:I see you got a magpie in the scene too

Crikey, Brian, you've got excellent eyesight !
bricurtis Plus
14 2.3k 50 England
18 Oct 2018 8:29PM

Quote:I see you got a magpie in the scene too

Crikey, Brian, you've got excellent eyesight !

I always give images my full scrutiny Pamela...................... the eyes of a hawk.SmileSmileSmile
Chinga Plus
9 3 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2018 10:19PM
Both images are so very appealing Pam. Beautiful photography
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capto Plus
7 5.9k 13 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2018 10:43PM
Gorgeous berries, well seen and taken.Smile
BIGRY1 7 3 8 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2018 9:28PM
Some great depth in this one but I particularly like the colour from the berries. Very eye catching!Wink
23 Oct 2018 1:15PM
Beautiful colour and perspective in these images.

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