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Taken at Southwell Minster, Nottinghamshire, England. The minster is one of the most interesting and beautiful buildings I have ever been to. Southwell Minster dates back to the 12th century. It was once the retreat of the Archbishop of York. During the English Civil War, it was believed to be used as a stables for Cromwell. Southwell only became a diocese in the the late 19th Century. The windows are so beautiful in the Minster, and on this occasion the light came streaming through turning these ancient pillars into beautiful pallets of colour.

“You are the light of the world…..let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14, 16. This was the scripture being read out in the minster the day I visted this extraordinary church and took this picture. I am very familiar with this beautiful building, with its strong columns, ancient carvings, and warm smiles. As I walked around the nave, the sun began to break though the dull cloudy sky which had dominated the morning. The light began to stream through the windows as I turned and saw this amazing view. I set up my camera to get the shot, taking several pictures from different angles.

God spoke to me in that moment. He gave me two distinct illustrations about what I was looking at. The first describes us as the strong pillars built by God, either as individuals or as the church, standing strong. He displays His glory and beauty on us, in us, and through us. The second illustration describes us as the window, with each colourful piece of glass representing the different gifts given to us, again either as individuals or as the church, but it is the Son shining through us that shows God to the world. What a thought. We are working in partnership with Him.

HP PhotoSmart C945 (Bridge camera)
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Primarily a landscape photographer, my enjoyment of taking photos has developed from a young age. Originally from Texas, I now live in England and am surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery. I enjoy outdoor activities such as climbing, hiking, and camping. I am blessed with a wonderful wife and three terrific children. I am a strong Christian and I believe that my love of photography and any talent I posses in capturing images comes from God.

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  • hans p olsen
    hans p olsenabout 6 years ago

    Great colours.

  • Thanks! It is a beautiful building.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBabout 6 years ago

    Instant favourite – couldn’t help myself!

  • I am so glad you like it. It is one of my favorites too. I have sold this print in the past (not on here obviously). It has sold more than any other of my photos.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Honor Kyne
    Honor Kyneabout 6 years ago

    Great Light and Reflections :)) Wonderful shot!

  • Thanks Honor. This shot is one of my favorites as well. Nice to see you here.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • LifeInMaine
    LifeInMaineabout 6 years ago

    This is stunning, love your work!

  • Thank you Shelagh. I could say the same of yours.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720about 6 years ago

    The colors are just brilliant,,, WOW.. GREAT CAPTURE :))

  • Thanks. I was so pleased with the results. I love watching the light travel from the pillar, across the font, and then across the nave floor.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Geni29
    Geni29about 6 years ago

    this is just beautiful, Stunning capture.

  • You are very kind Jane. Cheers.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Clare Forder
    Clare Forderabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful shot Bradley – the colours on the stonework are amazing.

  • Thank you :) That means a lot.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • heznel
    heznelabout 6 years ago

    Oh wow, how magnificient !!!!!

  • Sorry that it has been so long. I must have missed your comment. Thank you so much Heather. This is one of my favorite pictures as well.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • Ellen Winchell
    Ellen Winchellabout 6 years ago

    You have a wonderful, light touch.Pun intened :>) But you do. Wonderful

  • Sorry for the delay in answering. Thank you so much. That’s very encouraging.

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

  • KevM
    KevMabout 6 years ago

    Talk about having an eye for a shot, great pic! I would have probably thought ‘nice window’ and moved on but you’ve gone that one step further. I’m not jealous, honest :-)

  • Thanks so very much Kev. That is such a kind comment. This was taken in Southwell Minster, one of my favorite buildings. This window always catches my attention. It is off in the corner. You are a great encouragement :-)

    – Bradley Shawn Rabon

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