Monday, August 10, 2009

Looking down

Looking West from St. Anne's, Shandon
Nikon D70s, f8, 1/200 sec, ISO 200, 27mm equivalent (click to enlarge)

It seems that when you live somewhere, even for quite a time, you still don’t get to see things that tourists would take in their stride even in a visit of just a couple of days. I grew up near Cambridge and took all the magnificence for granted, of course it wasn’t until I left that I began to appreciate the place in its proper context. So walking around Cork the other day we decided to have a look at things from a tourists point of view. We hopped on the open-top tour bus and took in the sites and learned much that we didn’t know about the history of this fascinating city.

One of the several highlights was a stop at Shandon, where I took our eldest son up to the top of the tower of St. Anne’s church. With the bells ringing you have to wear ear protectors. Wearing these whist negotiating low wooden beams and narrow stairs makes the trek to the top all the more challenging, but well worth it once you are there.

This photo is looking west. Like with the previous post I’ve been messing around with the perspective – hopefully this time giving the picture the slight illusion of being like a model.

Looking down on the city from on high is a strange experience. I could not help but think of so many people living out their lives, many of whom having little or no knowledge of the God who loves them so much that He gave His one and only Son. The church (of all denominations) has in so many ways let the people down. How many will enter eternity not knowing God because they were forever put off trusting in Him by the hypocrisy of so many Christians? Oh dear I’d better stop here …

4 comments:

Rambling Rural Rector said...

You really achieved the 'model town' look. It wasn't until I read the post that I realised it was in fact a real town. As to your ending comments it's both challenging and heartbreaking. RRR

Daniel Owen said...

Thanks Craig, yes a very large harvest and in comparison so few workers.

Joc Sanders said...

Grew up near Cambridge? So was I - Landbeach, just North of Milton. Where were you?

Daniel Owen said...

Hi Joc - I know Landbeach! At least the view from the train station. We moved about a bit, started off in Trumpington, then moved out to Isleham then finally Soham (Oh so sad what happened there.)