I am the light by Calgacus

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John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

This is the dupplin cross which stands inside St Serfs church in Dunning, just off the A9 between Stirling and Perth. it is a wonderful 9’th century sandstone sculpture about 6ft tall containing Pictish style carvings of one of the Picts’ favourite religious subjects – King David, as well as various beasts, harpists, and knights.
It is said to mark a key moment in Scottish history in that it is the first time Pictish carvings have been seen on a free-standing cross (which was a monument type used by the invader nations of Britons, Angles, and Scots). it may mark tthe change-over from the ‘kingdom of Pictland’ to the ‘united kingdom of Picts and Scots’ which emerged in the 9’th century under the Gaelic conquerer Kenneth MacAlpine.
i liked this picture of the cross the best, with the light flooding in upon the stone symbol it reminded me of Christ saying he is THE LIGHT.

Many thanks to the tour guide in the church who’se depth of knowledge and enthusiasm really brought the subject to life.


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  • triforce
    triforceabout 6 years ago

    Striking photograph – has this been doctored? the light is very intense, i cant imagine sunday worship with a gaping hole in the roof espically in Scotland!

  • lol, i love the thought of a congregation being battered with wind and rain, would certainly add some drama to fire and brimstone preaching. And no, apart from blurring the pews at the back a wee bit to accentuate the cross, i never touched the thing. Its funny because i dont remember there being any great deal of light flooding the church that day, i blame or rather acclaim my camera for seeing the light

    – Calgacus

  • LinaJ
    LinaJalmost 6 years ago

    wow, what a nice light reflection! great image!

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent capture and wonderful scripture!

  • thanks marie, may the light shine on you

    – Calgacus

  • Angel Warda
    Angel Wardaalmost 6 years ago

    Gorgeous capture! Beautiful verse!

  • thankyou very much angel, the verse is most inspiring for us

    – Calgacus

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaalmost 6 years ago

    I was reading the text and thought how wonderful and rich a history, we just dont’ have that kind of age and history in this country and it’s such a shame

  • it is interesting history to uncover- but on the flip-side your country has youth and vitality on its side, look how well thats served America : \

    – Calgacus

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 4 years ago


  • oh wow, that was a lovely surprise to win, thanks to the voters, and double joy a featured member, i am honoured and delighted, thankyou

    – Calgacus

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