The Rainbow Faith of Fairford

St Mary's Church, Fairford, Lady Chapel

I wasn’t that enthusiastic about visiting Fairford Church. I thought I ought to see it, as I knew it contained a full set of stained glass. But in pictures, the stained glass looked rather boringly didactic; endless rather featureless faces. Luckily, I happened to be passing on a trip to the Cotswolds. I was wrong. […]

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The Forgotten English Vision in the Garden – inspiration from Medieval Mary

  Photograph copyright G.Plumb, Virgin and Child in a Hortus Conclusus, Eaton Bishop A young girl in a garden, surrounded by high walls. A strange idea came upon me last year to track down images of the Virgin Mary as depicted in stained glass. This forgotten English vision of Our Lady in a ‘hortus conclusus’, […]

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Dolphin

Wheee! Here I am!Squealings, smiling,I happy am! They arrive.Powerful, curving, archingPeerless predators flanking our boat. Back on my tail, come with me, come with us,we had some fish. Wheee!Curving through the water, swish,Come with meee. Let’s have fun!Hello, you, I love you, kiss!Bubbles, wash, swish,It’s easy! Hey! Hoooo! Rakatakataka! Preeep! Work hard, play hard, play and work at the same […]

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From Madeira, with love…

 Phew! Life has been fun, but crazy of late. Just back from a fantastic trip to the gorgeous isle of Madeira, where I was researching for a story for a certain magazine, photographing landscapes for the tourist office and swimming with these little guys! Well, big guys. They weigh about 180 pounds. And they are […]

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A Cambodian Runaway Nymph Bride

A very strange thing happened to me while I was in Cambodia. I was exploring the grandiose, ancient temples of Angkor Wat when I met an apsara, a nymph. As I was looking at an exquisite stone statue, it came to life before my very eyes. She sat up on her pillar, blinking in the sunlight. […]

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