Two photos

While I’m downtown this morning, I proffer two photos for your delectation. The first comes from reader Andrés Aranda, who sent a photo of a corbel with ducks. He writes:

I went for a walk a couple of weeks ago, and saw this at the Garnison Church of St. Martin in Dresden. I thought you might like it. [JAC: I love it, though it reminds me of the bitter battle between Billzebub and James.]

On my recent visit to the cathedral at Chartres, it was gloomy outside, and the light was too low inside to get sharp photos of the famous stained-glass windows. So I deliberately moved the camera to see what effect it would produce. It made a sort of Impressionistic (or Futuristic) portrait of a window:


  1. BobTerrace
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Whoa! The late 60s and early 70s just flashed back. Keep on truckin’

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted November 27, 2018 at 9:43 am | Permalink

      Stay away from the brown camera.

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted November 27, 2018 at 11:33 am | Permalink

        “You gettin’ off in this stuff, man?”

        “Maybe. I’m startin’ to get ‘tracers.'”

  2. Debbie Coplan
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 9:58 am | Permalink

    I especially love the second photo! Nice shapes in the blur of color…. I think it’s beautiful-

  3. Posted November 27, 2018 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! So what do the ducks have in their beaks? Each other? It doesn’t look like it to me but then what?

  4. leonkrier
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Yes, it’s tough getting good photos of the windows even on a bright day…the clouds seem to come and go. Here’s a couple of the windows and the restoration.

  5. Mark R.
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    It’s fun moving the camera with a slow shutter. That technique (if you can call it that) also makes great psychedelic photos of firework shows.

  6. Steve Pollard
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    Love the pic of the windows!

    When we were in Chartres earlier in the year, a large part of the cathedral was occupied by drapes, ladders and other paraphernalia involved in restoration work. Was this all out of the way by the time you paid your visit?

    • leonkrier
      Posted November 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

      I was there in May, 2017 and there was the stuff you mentioned…so it’s a work in progress. Still enjoyed the visit. Glad you liked the photos.

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted November 28, 2018 at 1:23 am | Permalink

        Leon, are you the Leon Krier? Always liked your approach to architecture, spaces, urban planning!

        • Vita206
          Posted November 28, 2018 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

          Sorry, I’m not the Leon Krier but I’ve chatted with him before a lecture…same Luxembourg heritage!

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted November 28, 2018 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

            Thank you

  7. rickflick
    Posted November 27, 2018 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I love walking in cities. You see interesting architectural detail…like these.

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