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.
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.
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