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Precious Moments

I was reading a post by a fellow blogger Penny L Howe on those Precious Moments in life and it got me thinking about my own memorable experiences.  There are far too many for me to put in one post, but I recently came across a photo that I took a couple of years ago on a workshop with Steve Gosling in the UK that was extremely memorable, magical and a indeed a little bit mysterious.

We visited Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire which is a must place to see if you are ever in the area.  At first I was really struggling with my photography, it was taking me a while to get in the zone.  I eventually ended up in the Cellarium, where the monks used to eat, sleep and socialise.  There were very few people visiting the abbey that day so I found a spot that wasn’t in anyones way.  I set up my tripod, camera and listened to Gregorian Chant through my earphones.  I have to admit by this point I felt like I’d been transported to another time when this was a working abbey, oh the joy of imagination.  However I think if someone had crept up on me I would have jumped a mile 😉

The weather was a mixed bag of cloud, sunshine and showers, hence why I’d ended up inside in the first place.  I was stood for a good 30 minutes taking a couple of shots, and although I was semi-pleased with the images nothing really said hang me on the wall.  However something kept me there, I still can’t explain what, but I felt compelled to stay in that spot.

The sun was shining now through the window and was pleasing to see, but nothing special.  Then all of a sudden a breeze developed through the Cellarium and disturbed the dust on the floor near the window.  My heart jumped and I pressed the shutter, keeping my fingers crossed.  Immediately the breeze stopped, the dust settled and the sun lost it’s intensity.  I looked at the back of my camera and this is what I’d caught.

07/11/12 - Canon EOS 40D (ISO100  0.3sec @f/7.1)

07/11/12 – Canon EOS 40D (ISO100 0.3sec @f/7.1)

I literally got this one shot.  I waited longer to see if the event would happen again but nothing.  So indeed magical, mysterious and a moment I will never forget.

Thankyou for spending the time to read my post, have a wonderful day and please come back soon.

14 responses »

  1. Lovely ephemeral moment! Whenever I have been to Fountains (three times over the years, I think) it has always been overcast or raining. One day I hope to get up there and catch some sunshine!

  2. A very memorable shot indeed, Claire. Ethereal light. Fountains Abbey is a beautiful spot and you captured a moment of this forever.

  3. Beautiful! The shaft of light coming through the window makes a lovely photo. This one is a keeper for sure and you were quite fortunate to have captured the moment.

  4. Claire, your experience is amazingly wonderful. I can and can’t imagine at the same time how you must have felt. And then there is your photograph. No words needed. One is moved to tears, however. Thank you so much for sharing your moment, your experience and your beautiful photograph that captured more than what the eye can see, but also what the heart can feel! 🙂 xx

  5. Girl Gone Expat

    A lovely photo! Sometimes its all about being at the right sport at the right time:)

  6. Wow that is mysterious and magical! Good thing you listened to your intuition.


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