June 28, 2012
(Larger version on Flickr here.)
While waiting to talk to a couple about their marriage ceremony recently I had a few moments to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet of my surroundings. The church interior was very dim but this only served to highlight the beautiful stained glass all the more. I reached into my bag for the camera and took a few pictures.
The one above is on the south side of the building and has the title “EGO SUM LUX MUNDI” (I am the Light of the World) . It reminds me of the famous painting by Holman Hunt (there is a stained glass representation of this painting at the church in Clonakilty – a subject for another day).
The title of the window comes from Jesus’ words as recorded in John 8:12
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
The knocking on the door image comes from Revelation 3:20
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
The door in the picture represents the human heart – Christ knocks gently – do we hear it – will we open the door?
June 25, 2012
The rain was pouring heavily down as we walked along the beach. That morning I had been reading a book I had bought the day before (courtesy of a generous book token) called “Ansel Adams 400 Photographs”. Full of inspiration from looking at Ansel’s legendary pictures I just had to bring the camera with me (in a waterproof bag of course). I think I wanted to prove to myself that it was possible to get a picture even in ridiculously wet weather – of course having the three fishermen there helped with the final result and the rain actually gives a kind of watercolor texture that is a bit different to the norm. I hope they caught lots of Mackerel for all their efforts!
(Larger version on Flickr here.)
June 21, 2012
Wouldn’t it be lovely to have a house by the sea? The view as you ate your breakfast would be wonderful and imagine the morning strolls across the deserted sands (perhaps even with the occasional swim) and going to sleep at night to the sounds of the waves lapping against the shore.
The problem here though is that this house seems to have recently lost a big chunk of its front garden. We’ve seen other houses along the coastline that have had to be abandoned as they have become unsafe to live in – sadly it looks as if this house might be heading the same way, but I hope not, I hope they are able to find some way to save it.
(Large version of the photo here).
June 19, 2012
When I was taking the picture (back in January at Broadstrand, near Courtmacsherry), I thought these birds were Black-headed Gulls (I know I know, so unlearned in these matters I am). Thanks to a great little nature book we have (and Wikipedia) I learned that these are in fact Oystercatchers – sounds a bit more exotic than the poor old Gulls I thought they were don’t you think?
Larger version on Flickr here.
June 18, 2012
Looking again at this photo I took on Saturday, it brought to mind yesterday’s gospel reading, especially:
The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.
What a great encouragement these verses are to anyone involved in any kind of Christian ministry; it might seem that nothing is happening and yet (if it is of God) then there is much going on behind the scenes that we may be unaware of. One day the harvest will come…
June 13, 2012
The annual Clonakilty Agricultural Show was as big and busy as ever this year. Here’s a selection of photos from the day:
For larger versions of these photos, the set on Flickr can be found here.
June 9, 2012
Like spectators on a terrace, but not watching a match, rather the wonderful view south across the sands and out to sea…
(Larger version here.)
June 8, 2012
A horse and rider on Inchydoney beach, taken towards the end of last month.
(See larger version here.)