In a monastery garden

By mrswoolybill
Not a word of a lie. This is the Peace Garden at Minsteracres Retreat Centre in Northumberland, which was previously a Monastery. It has the most eerily beautiful scarecrows I have ever seen.
Thanks for looking,

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31 Jul 2013 8:25AM
What an astonishing confection!!! ...Alien head inside that helmet.

....thats where them harry krisscross gadgies hangs oot, wot gans roond tha toon wi shaven heeds an them yeller dresses, ah naa. Wink

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 8:33AM
Didn't see any shaven heads or yellow dresses. The Retreat Centre is Christian (without pushing denomination, though we once gave a stranded Catholic monk a lift there). and the Estate includes the only RC church for miles around, so it serves local villages.
I was there on an evening walk round the grounds with the local Woodland group. The place has the most amazing collection of trees including two avenues of Giant Redwoods.
Richsr 11 91 223 England
31 Jul 2013 8:36AM
Certainly a different look scare crop Moria, more alien - prehaps its to make ET visitor feel at home
Regards Richard
saltireblue Plus
7 7.9k 33 Norway
31 Jul 2013 8:51AM
Are you sure this isn't a duel, Moira? The closer figure appears to have its right arm poised above an unseen holster. The farther figure refusing to acknowledge the event, hands clasped in front.

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 8:56AM

Quote:Are you sure this isn't a duel, Moira?

No these are two ladies talking quietly to each other about gardening. Though gardening can provoke strong divisions, I know...
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 9:06AM
I thought that aliens had landed when I viewed the thumbnail Moira. Smile

31 Jul 2013 9:11AM
Hmmm, my ignorance on display, and so discreetly pointed oot. Blush I mean out. Smile That's non-believers for you! Blush

so where is it those Hari Krshna guys live? Somewhere in the Toon? I'm curious.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
31 Jul 2013 9:14AM
a touch of `Mars Attacks' GrinGrinGrin

Quote:Why can't we work out our differences? Why can't we work things out? Little people, why can't we all just get along?
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 9:34AM

Quote:so where is it those Hari Krshna guys live? Somewhere in the Toon? I'm curious.

Typical male, expecting a woman to do the leg-work. Just Google it, man.
304 Westgate Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE4 6AR
From the picture it's much less impressive than Minsteracres.
31 Jul 2013 10:00AM
Thanks Moira, pet. Make me a brew before you go out to wash the front step, there's a luv. Smile
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
31 Jul 2013 10:15AM
Excellent compo, it makes them appear even more interesting and mysterious, Moira.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 10:19AM
At first look I thought the Alien's had landed. Makes a spooky image in B & W.Smile
JawDborn Plus
6 1.1k 1 England
31 Jul 2013 10:36AM
I thought it was someone feeling light- headed.Grin
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
31 Jul 2013 10:50AM
Minsteracres is such a wonderful place and provides a very useful service.Well composed and a good conversion.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
31 Jul 2013 11:02AM
What a strange looking scarecrow! A great composition and capture though, Moira, lovely mono work Smile It's currently the Featured e2 Photo as I type this...Wink
Trev Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 11:06AM
Looks like a great gig, and one which I would love to visit the next time that I am in God's Country...

Nikonuser1 Plus
5 151 16 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 11:29AM
Never seen as scarecrow like that before Moira, a great capture and mono image MoiraSmile

Herge88 11 40 4 England
31 Jul 2013 11:48AM
Great dof and as with Bill's offering, good mono processing.

Best Matt
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
31 Jul 2013 11:52AM
It must be a fascinating place for a walk. I really like the way you made this into a surreal view.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 11:59AM

Quote:I thought it was someone feeling light- headed.

I wondered how long that would take to arrive...

Quote:Make me a brew before you go out to wash the front step, there's a luv.

Sorry, got to get Bill's lunch first.
Minsteracres (map location given) is a beautiful estate to wander. There is car parking space, and maps of the estate are available. It's open to the public but I think they like it if visitors contact them in advance.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
31 Jul 2013 12:03PM
Very interesting

31 Jul 2013 12:56PM

Quote:.Sorry, got to get Bill's lunch first.

Thought you women were supposed to be good at multi-tasking?
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
31 Jul 2013 12:57PM
I can just picture these medieval monks letting their hair down on a Saturday night in the pubs in the ''Toon'' Moira.
My suspicions will be confirmed if you can tell me they had a convent there for the nuns too !!
I like your scarecrow.
I was in a pub in Sunderland once,
and I do recall that was full of scarecrows too !!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
31 Jul 2013 1:33PM
They're scarecrows!?? Thought they were just some locals GrinGrin More likely to scare people rather than birds I should think.

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
31 Jul 2013 2:04PM
Very strange alien looking scarecrows. Being b&w, I can't tell if they are those shiny balls that attract bees and butterflies. Then they would make double sense. I like how you have composed this Moira. Interesting and a little eerie........Sandy
31 Jul 2013 2:40PM
Una composición perfecta.
xwang 8 56 8
31 Jul 2013 2:40PM
Quite interesting... I never thought it would look like that. I regret that I didn't go to the scarecrows festival now... wonderful mono, I like the composition with a small one on the right side.
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 4:33PM
Super composition Moira - her necklace is wonderful too!
31 Jul 2013 5:33PM
Well they certainly look like they've passed over into another World Moira. Fascinating shot of Alien Life. ( Or Death )

John Smile
widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
31 Jul 2013 7:11PM
Nice shot Moira , it's certainly different lol Grin

AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
31 Jul 2013 7:47PM
They look like alien beings - I'm wondering if the heads light up in the evening - just a thought...

weird, and that's rich coming from me! Like this lots. Si.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2013 8:44PM
Strangely enough I have been to Wisley today the head office of the RHS - I have been taking pictures of scarecrows on display there for this month by the W.I. One shot I took and I can't remember which! I said to Jim this one is for MoiraWink I must post a few during the next week - yours is rather smarter than mine but some very original ideas were on showSmile
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
31 Jul 2013 10:15PM
And I thought some of the locals in Gloucestershire were a bit strange!Tongue It looks like the aliens have landed in Northumberland!
31 Jul 2013 11:12PM
I love it Moira!! Faceless works so well!
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
3 Aug 2013 8:59AM
Personally, I find these creatures totally amazing. Maybe the background could have been a bit more OOF, more spiritual if you see what I mean .
What is a peace garden?
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1918 United Kingdom
3 Aug 2013 2:04PM
It's a garden dedicated to tranquility, at a Retreat Centre. Regarding the background, my standard lens was at maximum aperture for the focal length, it was quite a long walk so I just took the standard. In dodgy light (thiswas evening, under trees), I stick to shutter priority to avoid risks, but push it up to control aperture.
The colour original may get uploaded some time, it's growing on me.
A product of too much serene contemplation.......................lovely image, great contrast and mono conversion.......................p Grin

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